This year's Oscar tie is not the first, but they are rare2/25/2013
"Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty" split the award for best sound editing — but that's not the first time Academy voters couldn't make up their minds on a winner. It's the sixth. In 1968, Barbra Streisand ("Funny Girl") and Katharine Hepburn ("The Lion in Winter") shared the prize for best actress. The four other ties are for 1949's prize for short subject documentary ("A Chance to Live" and "So Much for So Little"); the 1986 award for feature documentary ("Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got" and "Down and Out in America"); 1994's live action short film ("Franz Kafka: It's a Wonderful Life" and "Trevor"); and 1931/32's best actor, split between Frederic March and Wallace Beery.
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