Five Oscar-winning actors who have won in other categories
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It's fitting that this chronological list is bookended by the unlikely pair of Laurence Olivier and Roberto Benigni. As well as being the only people here to win both their categories for the same film, they share a more special Academy distinction as the only two people in Oscar history to direct themselves to an acting Oscar. While Olivier managed to snag Best Picture for his self-showcase, Benigni had to settle for Best Foreign Language Film, losing his Best Director and Original Screenplay mentions to "Saving Private Ryan" and "Shakespeare in Love," while his film lost the top prize to the latter. It was still an impressive result for the Italian comedian and his tonally adventurous Holocaust tragicomedy -- currently the only Best Foreign Language Film winner to also nab an acting win, though we'll see what "Amour" has to say about that on Sunday. (I realize some may argue the foreign film prize, officially awarded to the submitting country rather than the filmmaker, technically disqualifies Benigni from this list, but as the picture to your left emphasises, it's clear who the award belongs to.)
"Life is Beautiful" (1998) - Best Actor, Best Foreign Language Film