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Oscars Tie: Best Sound Editing Has Two Winners, But It Isn't A First

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On Sunday night, something unusual happened at the 85th Annual Academy Awards -- there was a tie.

The Oscars tie had two winners for Best Sound Editing -- "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall."

Although it is rare, Oscars ties have happened before.

In 1932, Frederic March won the Best Actor award for "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and tied with Wallace Beery for "The Champ" because Beery only beat him by one single vote, Slate notes. The rules allowed for a one-vote difference to be called a tie back then, but today it must be the exact same.

The Best Documentary Short award had a tie in 1949, according to ABC News. That category also had a tie in 1986.

"Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life" and "Trevor" tied for Best Short Film (Live Action) in 1995, Moviefone notes.

Most famously, Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn tied in the heavyweight category of Best Actress, according to Moviefone. Streisand was honored for playing Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl." Hepburn won for her performance as Queen Eleanor in "The Lion in Winter."

As for the category of Best Sound Editing, it might have been difficult for the Academy to choose just one winner of such an intricate craft.

"Zero Dark Thirty" sound editing supervisor Paul N. J. Ottosson previously explained the art of his job to Entertainment Weekly:

If you looked at that scene without any picture, you just listened to it, you would see how much sound work goes in to being a lot of sound, to almost nothing, to transforming to music, to transforming to a lot of sound effects again. And then, of course, this guy comes with bombs and blows himself up as well as everyone else there. The scene is strong by itself, but the work we did made it even stronger. That’s the goal for most scenes, and the movie itself: Find these peaks and valleys to give the story the room it needs to breathe or enhance the story that you have there.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misspelled Barbra Streisand's name.

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