Jake Gyllenhaal has been through the Oscar nomination rigamarole—he got a nod in 2006 for “Brokeback Mountain.” So he knows exactly what sister Maggie, who was just nominated for Best Supporting Actress in “Crazy Heart,” feels. He was on hand when Maggie’s phone started ringing off the hook the morning nominations were announced. After a bit, Maggie wanted to go back to bed. “Don’t go back to sleep, this is amazing!” said Jake. “Have a coffee with me, and I’ll make you pancakes.”
Now that it’s been a few days, Jake has given Maggie some advice. She told People, “He said, ‘It’s a lot of fun, and enjoy it in that spirit. If you make it too much more than that, you’ll probably go astray.’” Interestingly, their mama Naomi also had her Oscar moment—in 1988 she got a Best Screenplay nomination.
So which other famous siblings have Oscar running in their bloodstream? After the jump, find out.
- Joaquin and River Phoenix. You’re probably guessing that River was nominated for “Stand By Me.” Nope. He got the nod from the Academy two years later, for Best Supporting Actor in “Running on Empty.” You’re probably also guessing that Joaquin got his first nod for “Walk the Line.” Wrong again. His first nomination was for Best Supporting Actor in “Gladiator.” These are actually the only two brothers in history to both get acting nominations.
- Meg and Jennifer Tilly. In 1985, Meg was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “Agnes of God.” Eleven years later, her big sister was nominated for her performance in “Bullets over Broadway.” Neither won. But Jennifer will always have the consolation prize of being the “Bride of Chucky.”
- Julia and Eric Roberts. Julia won Best Actress for “Erin Brockovich” in 2001, and her acceptance speech squeals still send shivers down my spine. Her older brother Eric was nominated back in 1985 for his supporting role in “Runaway Train.” Oh, and Eric just happens to be the father of Emma Roberts, whom we have high hopes for.
- Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty. Yeah, I didn’t know these two were siblings, either. Surprise! Man whore Warren has been nominated a zillion times—his first was for Best Actor in “Bonnie and Clyde,” but since then he’s gotten three more acting noms, plus three nominations for Best Director and four for Best Screenplay. He makes older sister Shirley look like a slacker for just winning Best Actress for “Terms of Endearment” in 1983.
- Jane and Peter Fonda. In the ’70s, pre-spandex era, Jane Fonda won two Oscars, for Best Actress in “Klute” and “Coming Home.” Her brother Peter was nominated twice, once for Best Screenplay for “Easy Rider” and later in in 1997, for Best Actor in “Ulee’s Gold.” Pops, Henry Fonda, also got a golden man in 1981 for “On Golden Pond.”
- Lynn Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave. In 1966, these two sisters went head-to-head against each other for Best Actress—Lynn for the movie “Gregory Girl” and Vanessa for her role in “Morgan.” D’oh. Both of them lost to Elizabeth Taylor.
- Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine. Twenty-five years before the Redgraves, these two sisters battled it out for Best Actress. Olivia, whose most famous role was as Melanie in “Gone with the Wind,” was nominated for “Hold Back the Dawn,” while Joan got the nod for the Alfred Hitchcock flick “Suspicion.” Younger sister Joan was the victor.
- Ethel and Lionel Barrymore. These two are the only brother/sister pair to win Oscars—Ethel, Best Supporting Actress in “None But the Lonely Heart” in 1944 and Lionel for Best Actor in “A Free Soul” in 1930. Brother John got no Oscar love, but we’re hoping Drew can win another for the Barrymore clan someday.