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* Enforced for the nominations for ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''. Both Creator/OliviaDeHavilland and Creator/VivienLeigh were possible nominees for Best Actress, but the studio didn't want their two actress to compete and so pushed for de Havilland to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress. This, however, came to naught when Hattie [=McDaniel=] instead won for her role, also from ''Gone With The Wind''.

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* Enforced for the nominations for ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''. Both Creator/OliviaDeHavilland and Creator/VivienLeigh were possible nominees for Best Actress, but the studio didn't want their two actress actresses to compete and so pushed for de Havilland to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress. This, however, came to naught when Hattie [=McDaniel=] instead won for her role, also from ''Gone With The Wind''.


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* In the opinion of a lot of high profile animators (and animation studios) the only reason why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created the Best Animated Feature Oscar in the first place was so that "cartoons" wouldn't be competing with "real movies" for the Best Picture award, despite the fact that '''''technically''''' animated movies nominated for the animation award can still be nominated for Best Picture. This criticism was particularly prominent at the 81st Academy Awards in 2008, when ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' won the Best Animated Feature award, but was not even nominated for Best Picture, despite being generally considered one of the best films of that year. Still, once the Best Picture was extended to a maximum of ten the very next year, ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' got a Best Picture nomination, and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' also got this recognition.


* Writing example: if it's based on a previous work, the Academy only considers for Adapted Screenplay. Even if it's a sequel (''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'') or a script the writer-director previously filmed as a short (''Film/{{Whiplash}}'').



* From 2013-14, a show ran on Broadway called ''Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,'' about the last performance that Music/BillieHoliday ever gave. Although it had lots of music (since it was about a concert), it was designated as a play rather than a musical, netting its star, Music/AudraMcDonald, a Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play (her record-breaking seventh acting Tony). This was met with some criticism, with some invoking this trope.\
* Writing example: if it's based on a previous work, the Academy only considers for Adapted Screenplay. Even if it's a sequel (''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'') or a script the writer-director previously filmed as a short (''Film/{{Whiplash}}'').

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* From 2013-14, a show ran on Broadway called ''Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,'' about the last performance that Music/BillieHoliday ever gave. Although it had lots of music (since it was about a concert), it was designated as a play rather than a musical, netting its star, Music/AudraMcDonald, a Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play (her record-breaking seventh acting Tony). This was met with some criticism, with some invoking this trope.\
* Writing example: if it's based on a previous work, the Academy only considers for Adapted Screenplay. Even if it's a sequel (''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'') or a script the writer-director previously filmed as a short (''Film/{{Whiplash}}'').


* From 2013-14, a show ran on Broadway called ''Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,'' about the last performance that Music/BillieHoliday ever gave. Although it had lots of music (since it was about a concert), it was designated as a play rather than a musical, netting its star, Music/AudraMcDonald, a Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play (her record-breaking seventh acting Tony). This was met with some criticism, with some invoking this trope.

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* From 2013-14, a show ran on Broadway called ''Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,'' about the last performance that Music/BillieHoliday ever gave. Although it had lots of music (since it was about a concert), it was designated as a play rather than a musical, netting its star, Music/AudraMcDonald, a Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play (her record-breaking seventh acting Tony). This was met with some criticism, with some invoking this trope.\
* Writing example: if it's based on a previous work, the Academy only considers for Adapted Screenplay. Even if it's a sequel (''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'') or a script the writer-director previously filmed as a short (''Film/{{Whiplash}}'').



* Writing example: if it's based on a previous work, the Academy only considers for Adapted Screenplay. Even if it's a sequel (''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'') or a script the writer-director previously filmed as a short (''Film/{{Whiplash}}'').

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* Similarly, Creator/YulBrynner won ''Best Featured Actor'' for his role in ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'', despite playing the ''titular King'', because he was billed below Gertrude Lawrence. Brynner received top billing after Lawrence's death early in the run, and he subsequently won an Oscar as Best Actor for the film version.


!!Examples:

* Creator/HaileeSteinfeld's role as Mattie Ross in Creator/TheCoenBrothers' adaptation of ''Film/TrueGrit,'' where despite being the main character (aside from Creator/JeffBridges as Rooster Cogburn), and being in virtually every scene in the film, and being praised up and down for her work, was demoted by almost every single film awards association to "Best Supporting Actress".
* Music/JenniferHudson, who played Effie White in the 2006 film version of ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'', won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that role, which is seen as a lead on stage and had earned Jennifer Holliday a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Ironically, Hudson was not mentioned in the promotional material until after the movie was released.
* Creator/CatherineZetaJones as Velma Kelly in the 2002 film of ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' won the Oscar and BAFTA awards for Best Supporting Actress in that role. This is a similar situation to ''Dreamgirls'' where the role is seen as a lead on stage and previously earned an actress a Leading Tony (in this case Creator/BebeNeuwirth in the popular revival). Velma is an unambiguously secondary character in the original play, though TheMusical made her part much more prominent.
* Creator/CaseyAffleck plays the main character of Robert Ford in ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'' but was nominated mainly as the supporting role.
* Creator/DjimonHounsou in ''Film/BloodDiamond'', nominated for Best Supporting Actor (while Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio was nominated as Lead), despite the fact that the entire story revolves around his quest to rescue his son.
* Creator/JeffBridges, generally considered the lead as the President in ''Film/TheContender'', especially since many expected Creator/GaryOldman's villainous Senator to be nominated as Best Supporting Actor.
* Danny Aiello in ''Film/DoTheRightThing'', arguably a co-lead with Creator/SpikeLee, was nominated in Best Supporting Actor.
* Male lead Creator/WilliamHMacy was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/{{Fargo}}'', probably because he plays the lead antagonist.
* Haing S. Ngor won Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/TheKillingFields'', despite the fact that a large portion of the movie follows him and not Best Actor-nominated Sam Waterston.
* Creator/GeoffreyRush won Best Actor for ''Film/{{Shine}}'', despite not having that much screen time.
* Creator/KevinSpacey won Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', where he played the clear lead. Some suspected this was because nominating him for his performance that same year in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' would have been considered a spoiler.

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'''Examples'''

!! Emmys
* Creator/HaileeSteinfeld's role as Mattie Ross in Creator/TheCoenBrothers' adaptation of ''Film/TrueGrit,'' where despite being the main character (aside from Creator/JeffBridges as Rooster Cogburn), and being in virtually every scene in the film, and being praised up and down for her work, was demoted by almost every single film awards association to "Best Supporting Actress".
* Music/JenniferHudson, who played Effie White in the 2006 film version of ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'', won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that role, which is seen as a lead on stage and had earned Jennifer Holliday a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Ironically, Hudson was not mentioned in the promotional material until after the movie was released.
* Creator/CatherineZetaJones as Velma Kelly in the 2002 film of ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' won the Oscar and BAFTA awards for Best Supporting Actress in that role. This is a similar situation to ''Dreamgirls'' where the role is seen as a lead on stage and previously earned an actress a Leading Tony (in this case Creator/BebeNeuwirth in the popular revival). Velma is an unambiguously secondary character in the original play, though TheMusical made her part much more prominent.
* Creator/CaseyAffleck plays the main character of Robert Ford in ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'' but was
For ''Series/{{ER}}'''s first season, all six actors were nominated mainly as the supporting role.
* Creator/DjimonHounsou in ''Film/BloodDiamond'',
for Emmy's. However, Julianna Margulies was nominated for Best Supporting Actor (while Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio Actress, despite having just as much screen time and as many storylines as Sherry Stringfield, who was nominated as Lead), despite for Lead. Presumably, this was to avoid the fact that the entire story revolves around his quest two of them canceling each other out, as probably happened to rescue his son.
* Creator/JeffBridges, generally considered the lead as the President in ''Film/TheContender'', especially since many expected Creator/GaryOldman's villainous Senator to be nominated as Best
Anthony Edwards and Creator/GeorgeClooney (both up for Lead Actor), and Noah Wyle and Eriq [=LaSalle=] (both up for Supporting Actor.
* Danny Aiello in ''Film/DoTheRightThing'', arguably a co-lead with Creator/SpikeLee,
Actor). It paid off, and she won. It wouldn't be until the third season that Margulies was nominated in Best Supporting Actor.
* Male lead Creator/WilliamHMacy was
for Lead Actress for the first time, as she had essentially taken over as the central female figure of the series once Stringfield exited (after the eighth episode of Season 3). Incidentally, the two of them were both nominated as Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/{{Fargo}}'', probably because he plays the lead antagonist.Lead Actress that year, losing to Creator/GillianAnderson for ''Series/TheXFiles''.
* Haing S. Ngor won Creator/PeterDinklage has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Primetime Emmy Awards for ''Film/TheKillingFields'', all seven seasons of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (winning in 2011, 2015, and 2018) despite being the top-billed actor since season two.
* ''Series/TrueDetective'' was pushed, and nominated, in Best Drama Series at the Emmys rather than Best Miniseries, in spite of
the fact that a large portion of the movie follows him similarly constructed Seasonal Anthologies such as ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' and not Best Actor-nominated Sam Waterston.
* Creator/GeoffreyRush won Best Actor for ''Film/{{Shine}}'', despite not having that much screen time.
* Creator/KevinSpacey won Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', where he played the clear lead. Some suspected
''Series/{{Fargo}}'' were nominated as miniseries. Presumably, this was done so HBO wouldn't have to compete with itself with the TV movie ''Film/TheNormalHeart''. Enough flak came out of this that the Emmys restructured their rules by clearly defining what constituted anthology or limited series and both are now ineligible for the Drama category.
!! Grammys
* Music/JethroTull won the 1989 Grammy for "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental". Their competitors included Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/JanesAddiction, Music/IggyPop and Music/{{ACDC}}. Tull frontman Ian Anderson, who didn't attend the ceremony, said later that Tull likely won
because nominating him they'd never won a Grammy before despite being around and well-regarded for his performance so long, and that same year in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' would there was "no way I could have been considered a spoiler.accepted it under those circumstances." Controversy over this award led to the separation of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal into two separate categories.
* Music/TaylorSwift's album ''Red'' was nominated for the Grammy for "Best Country Album," even though it contained songs like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and "I Knew You Were Trouble," which sounded about as Bubblegum Pop as you could get. It may have influenced Swift's choice to officially change her music genre of choice from Country to Pop.
!! Oscars



* Even though Eva Marie Saint was the leading lady of ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'', Sam Spiegel listed her as a Supporting Actress in the hopes of getting her a nomination. The ploy worked, and she won the Oscar.
* Creator/LanaTurner was nominated for Best Actress for ''Literature/PeytonPlace'' in 1957 (her only Oscar nomination ever), despite her character being the mother of the main character played by Diane Varsi, who received a Supporting Actress nomination (competing with Hope Lange's nomination for the same film) despite having far more screen-time. This was likely due to Turner's star power at the time, and being the biggest name in the film.



* Creator/JenniferConnelly won Best Supporting Actress for ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' - but the Screen Actors Guild wasn't that fooled and nominated her for Best Actress instead.
* Creator/CateBlanchett's Supporting Actress nomination for ''Film/NotesOnAScandal''. This came even though some believed her to be just as vital to the story as Creator/JudiDench's character.
* Creator/JamieFoxx was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' because he was already up for Best Actor in ''Film/{{Ray}}'', which he ended up winning.
* Music/JethroTull won the 1989 Grammy for "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental". Their competitors included Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/JanesAddiction, Music/IggyPop and Music/{{ACDC}}. Tull frontman Ian Anderson, who didn't attend the ceremony, said later that Tull likely won because they'd never won a Grammy before despite being around and well-regarded for so long, and that there was "no way I could have accepted it under those circumstances." Controversy over this award led to the separation of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal into two separate categories.
* Bérénice Bejo was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by multiple awards shows for ''Film/TheArtist'', despite her being the clear female lead. Inverted, however, at the BAFTA and César Awards, which both nominated her in the Best Actress field.
* In ''Film/TheMaster'', while Creator/JoaquinPhoenix is the clear protagonist, Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman has a dominant presence and is the titular character, and a case could be argued that they were actually co-leads, given how the film's central conflict comes from the dynamics of their relationship and how there are several scenes where the viewer sees things from Hoffman's perspective. However, to get both actors nominated, Hoffman was put in the Supporting Actor category.
* Some argued that Creator/ChristophWaltz's performance in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' was very much a co-lead with Creator/JamieFoxx's. While Waltz's character is relegated to the background in a number of scenes and is largely absent from the climax, his character has a proactive presence initially and a lot of the first half of the film focuses on his attempts to build Django up as a bounty hunter. A very arguable case, but Waltz was briefly campaigned as a co-lead in the awards season (including at SAG) when Harvey Weinstein thought he could get Leonardo [=DiCaprio=] a Supporting Actor nomination. After Leo's chances started to fade and Waltz won a few critics prizes, the latter was put back in the Supporting category and won the Oscar.
* ''Film/BrokebackMountain'' gives a lot of screentime to both Creator/HeathLedger's and Creator/JakeGyllenhaal's characters, as the film covers their romance and how their lives drift off in parallel fashion during their years apart. As such, one could argue that the two characters are equally important to the story as protagonists (with Ledger's performance perhaps getting just a bit more emphasis). However, Gyllenhaal was put in the Supporting category all through the awards season.



* Haing S. Ngor won Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/TheKillingFields'', despite the fact that a large portion of the movie follows him and not Best Actor-nominated Sam Waterston.
* Creator/GeenaDavis won Best ''Supporting'' Actress for ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'' despite the fact she was the lead in the film, sharing the most screen time with William Hurt as his romantic interest.
* Danny Aiello in ''Film/DoTheRightThing'', arguably a co-lead with Creator/SpikeLee, was nominated in Best Supporting Actor.
* Creator/KevinSpacey won Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', where he played the clear lead. Some suspected this was because nominating him for his performance that same year in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' would have been considered a spoiler.
* Creator/GeoffreyRush won Best Actor for ''Film/{{Shine}}'', despite not having that much screen time.
* Male lead Creator/WilliamHMacy was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/{{Fargo}}'', probably because he plays the lead antagonist.
* Creator/JeffBridges, generally considered the lead as the President in ''Film/TheContender'', especially since many expected Creator/GaryOldman's villainous Senator to be nominated as Best Supporting Actor.
* Creator/CatherineZetaJones as Velma Kelly in the 2002 film of ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' won the Oscar and BAFTA awards for Best Supporting Actress in that role. This is a similar situation to ''Dreamgirls'' where the role is seen as a lead on stage and previously earned an actress a Leading Tony (in this case Creator/BebeNeuwirth in the popular revival). Velma is an unambiguously secondary character in the original play, though TheMusical made her part much more prominent.
* Creator/JenniferConnelly won Best Supporting Actress for ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' - but the Screen Actors Guild wasn't that fooled and nominated her for Best Actress instead.
* Creator/JamieFoxx was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' because he was already up for Best Actor in ''Film/{{Ray}}'', which he ended up winning.
* ''Film/BrokebackMountain'' gives a lot of screentime to both Creator/HeathLedger's and Creator/JakeGyllenhaal's characters, as the film covers their romance and how their lives drift off in parallel fashion during their years apart. As such, one could argue that the two characters are equally important to the story as protagonists (with Ledger's performance perhaps getting just a bit more emphasis). However, Gyllenhaal was put in the Supporting category all through the awards season.
* Music/JenniferHudson, who played Effie White in the 2006 film version of ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'', won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that role, which is seen as a lead on stage and had earned Jennifer Holliday a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Ironically, Hudson was not mentioned in the promotional material until after the movie was released.
* Creator/CateBlanchett's Supporting Actress nomination for ''Film/NotesOnAScandal''. This came even though some believed her to be just as vital to the story as Creator/JudiDench's character.
* Creator/DjimonHounsou in ''Film/BloodDiamond'', nominated for Best Supporting Actor (while Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio was nominated as Lead), despite the fact that the entire story revolves around his quest to rescue his son.
* Creator/CaseyAffleck plays the main character of Robert Ford in ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'' but was nominated mainly as the supporting role.



* Creator/RosannaArquette won a Best Supporting Actress [=BAFTA=] for ''Film/DesperatelySeekingSusan'', even though she (as opposed to {{Music/Madonna}}) plays the main character and has top billing.
* At the Golden Globes in 2013, Connie Britton was nominated for Best Actress In A TV Drama for ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' while Creator/HaydenPanettiere received a Best Supporting Actress nomination (as she would the following year as well[[note]]and in other awards as well, like the Critic's Choice Awards in 2016[[/note]]) - since Britton and Panettiere play the show's main characters, this was clearly done to keep from cancelling each other out.
* Although he ultimately failed to receive an Oscar nomination, Creator/DanielBruhl's performance in ''Film/{{Rush|2013}}'' received several precursor nominations in the Best Supporting Actor category. This is despite the fact that Bruhl's character, Niki Lauda, received just as much focus in the film as Creator/ChrisHemsworth's James Hunt, with the film clearly framed to show them as equal rivals.
** Lauda even serves as the film's narrator which means that if one has to be considered lead and one supporting the lead character is Brühl's while Hemsworth plays the supporting.

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* Creator/RosannaArquette won a Creator/HaileeSteinfeld's role as Mattie Ross in Creator/TheCoenBrothers' adaptation of ''Film/TrueGrit,'' where despite being the main character (aside from Creator/JeffBridges as Rooster Cogburn), and being in virtually every scene in the film, and being praised up and down for her work, was demoted by almost every single film awards association to "Best Supporting Actress".
* Bérénice Bejo was nominated for
Best Supporting Actress [=BAFTA=] by multiple awards shows for ''Film/DesperatelySeekingSusan'', even though she (as opposed to {{Music/Madonna}}) plays ''Film/TheArtist'', despite her being the main character clear female lead. Inverted, however, at the BAFTA and has top billing.
* At the Golden Globes in 2013, Connie Britton was
César Awards, which both nominated for her in the Best Actress In A TV Drama for ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' while Creator/HaydenPanettiere received a Best Supporting Actress nomination (as she would the following year as well[[note]]and in other awards as well, like the Critic's Choice Awards in 2016[[/note]]) - since Britton and Panettiere play the show's main characters, this was clearly done to keep from cancelling each other out.
field.
* Although he ultimately failed to receive an Oscar nomination, Creator/DanielBruhl's Some argued that Creator/ChristophWaltz's performance in ''Film/{{Rush|2013}}'' received several precursor nominations ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' was very much a co-lead with Creator/JamieFoxx's. While Waltz's character is relegated to the background in a number of scenes and is largely absent from the climax, his character has a proactive presence initially and a lot of the first half of the film focuses on his attempts to build Django up as a bounty hunter. A very arguable case, but Waltz was briefly campaigned as a co-lead in the Best awards season (including at SAG) when Harvey Weinstein thought he could get Leonardo [=DiCaprio=] a Supporting Actor category. This is despite nomination. After Leo's chances started to fade and Waltz won a few critics prizes, the fact that Bruhl's latter was put back in the Supporting category and won the Oscar.
* In ''Film/TheMaster'', while Creator/JoaquinPhoenix is the clear protagonist, Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman has a dominant presence and is the titular
character, Niki Lauda, received just as much focus in the film as Creator/ChrisHemsworth's James Hunt, with the film clearly framed to show them as equal rivals.
** Lauda even serves as
and a case could be argued that they were actually co-leads, given how the film's narrator which means that if central conflict comes from the dynamics of their relationship and how there are several scenes where the viewer sees things from Hoffman's perspective. However, to get both actors nominated, Hoffman was put in the Supporting Actor category.
* ''{{Film/Nebraska}}'' featured Bruce Dern and Will Forte as Father/Son {{deuteragonist}}s, but Dern was the
one has to be considered lead receive a Best Actor nomination and one while Forte wasn't nominated, he was submitted as a supporting actor - [[InvokedTrope invoked]], though, as the lead character is Brühl's while Hemsworth plays producers didn't want to split the supporting.votes between the two.



* The TV Week Logie Awards are pretty bad about this when it comes to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Best_New_Talent New]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Most_Popular_New_Male_Talent Talent]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Most_Popular_New_Female_Talent Awards]], frequently shortlisting established celebrities (e.g., comedians, singers or radio announcers) who've only recently started regularly appearing in Australian television, or established TV actors who've worked overseas in previous years. There's little indication that the magazine's readers take any of this into consideration when reading the shortlists, so plenty of these people will end up being nominated and then winning. A few standout examples:
** Lisa Chappell winning for ''Series/McLeodsDaughters'' in 2002, despite having been acting in New Zealand since 1987.
** Carrie Bickmore winning for ''The 7pm Project'' in 2010, despite having appeared on ''Rove Live'' regularly from 2006-2009 and having been a newsreader on radio for years before that.
** Firass Dirani winning for ''Series/{{Underbelly}}: The Golden Mile'' in 2011, despite previously starring in ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce''. Similarly, the previous year Anna Hutchison had been shortlisted for ''Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities'' despite her role in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''.
** Joel Madden winning for ''Series/TheVoice Australia'' in 2013, despite being the lead singer of Music/GoodCharlotte since 1996.
** While she didn't win, Kate Bell was nominated in 2010 for a guest spot on ''Series/HomeAndAway'' despite having had regular roles in ''Series/BlueWaterHigh'', another ''Australian'' series, in 2005 and 2008. This one was probably a ConsolationAward.
* Not even the Creator/{{MTV}} Movie Awards are immune from this. The 2015 nominees for Best Shirtless Performance are all guys, except for Kate Upton in ''Film/TheOtherWoman2014'' as a sop to equality ([[ThrowTheDogABone or to people who like girls]]). But Kate doesn't have a ShirtlessScene in the movie (it's not called Best Wearing A Bathing Suit Performance, people)...
* Writing example: if it's based on a previous work, the Academy only considers for Adapted Screenplay. Even if it's a sequel (''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'') or a script the writer-director previously filmed as a short (''Film/{{Whiplash}}'').



* Robert Alda and Isabel Bigley each won a Tony award for playing Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown in the original production of ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''. Despite Sky and Sarah being a couple in the show, being billed after Vivian Blaine (Miss Adelaide) put Isabel Bigley in the "Best Featured Actress" category, whereas Robert Alda was "Best Actor."
* Even though Eva Marie Saint was the leading lady of ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'', Sam Spiegel listed her as a Supporting Actress in the hopes of getting her a nomination. The ploy worked, and she won the Oscar.



* Creator/PeterDinklage has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Primetime Emmy Awards for all seven seasons of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (winning in 2011, 2015, and 2018) despite being the top-billed actor since season two.
* Creator/GeenaDavis won Best ''Supporting'' Actress for ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'' despite the fact she was the lead in the film, sharing the most screen time with William Hurt as his romantic interest.
* ''{{Film/Nebraska}}'' featured Bruce Dern and Will Forte as Father/Son {{deuteragonist}}s, but Dern was the one to receive a Best Actor nomination and while Forte wasn't nominated, he was submitted as a supporting actor - [[InvokedTrope invoked]], though, as the producers didn't want to split the votes between the two.
* Creator/EmilyBlunt is a lead character in ''Film/AQuietPlace'', yet she won the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was only submitted in that category so as not split noms\votes with Blunt's other performance, ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'' (which was up for Best Actress). The entire cast of ''A Quiet Place'' was actually submitted in the supporting categories during awards season because the film had more of an ensemble than any clear lead.
* Creator/LanaTurner was nominated for Best Actress for ''Literature/PeytonPlace'' in 1957 (her only Oscar nomination ever), despite her character being the mother of the main character played by Diane Varsi, who received a Supporting Actress nomination (competing with Hope Lange's nomination for the same film) despite having far more screen-time. This was likely due to Turner's star power at the time, and being the biggest name in the film.




'''Other Examples'''
* In the opinion of a lot of high profile animators (and animation studios) the only reason why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created the Best Animated Feature Oscar in the first place was so that "cartoons" wouldn't be competing with "real movies" for the Best Picture award, despite the fact that '''''technically''''' animated movies nominated for the animation award can still be nominated for Best Picture. This criticism was particularly prominent at the 81st Academy Awards in 2008, when ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' won the Best Animated Feature award, but was not even nominated for Best Picture, despite being generally considered one of the best films of that year. Still, once the Best Picture was extended to a maximum of ten the very next year, ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' got a Best Picture nomination, and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' also got this recognition.
* ''Series/TrueDetective'' was pushed, and nominated, in Best Drama Series at the Emmys rather than Best Miniseries, in spite of the fact that similarly constructed Seasonal Anthologies such as ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' and ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' were nominated as miniseries. Presumably, this was done so HBO wouldn't have to compete with itself with the TV movie ''Film/TheNormalHeart''. Enough flak came out of this that the Emmys restructured their rules by clearly defining what constituted anthology or limited series and both are now ineligible for the Drama category.
* A variation: From 2013-14, a show ran on Broadway called ''Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,'' about the last performance that Music/BillieHoliday ever gave. Although it had lots of music (since it was about a concert), it was designated as a play rather than a musical, netting its star, Music/AudraMcDonald, a Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play (her record-breaking seventh acting Tony). This was met with some criticism, with some invoking this trope.
* At the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards, Music/JessieJ was nominated for Favorite New Artist...despite the fact that she had two massive worldwide hits dating back to 2011, which wasn't much of a problem...except that it robbed Music/SamSmith of a nomination for the category; Smith's nomination in the Favorite Male Singer category wasn't able to wash the hypocritical taint of the awards out -- especially with ''that'' nomination leading to the shocking snub of Music/EdSheeran, who was viewed as an early favorite to win the category.

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\n'''Other Examples'''\n!! Tonys
* In the opinion of a lot of high profile animators (and animation studios) the only reason why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Robert Alda and Sciences created the Best Animated Feature Oscar Isabel Bigley each won a Tony award for playing Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown in the first place was so that "cartoons" wouldn't be competing with "real movies" for the Best Picture award, despite the fact that '''''technically''''' animated movies nominated for the animation award can still be nominated for Best Picture. This criticism was particularly prominent at the 81st Academy Awards in 2008, when ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' won the Best Animated Feature award, but was not even nominated for Best Picture, despite original production of ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''. Despite Sky and Sarah being generally considered one of a couple in the best films of that year. Still, once show, being billed after Vivian Blaine (Miss Adelaide) put Isabel Bigley in the Best Picture "Best Featured Actress" category, whereas Robert Alda was extended to a maximum of ten the very next year, ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' got a Best Picture nomination, and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' also got this recognition.
"Best Actor."
* ''Series/TrueDetective'' was pushed, and nominated, in Best Drama Series at the Emmys rather than Best Miniseries, in spite of the fact that similarly constructed Seasonal Anthologies such as ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' and ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' were nominated as miniseries. Presumably, this was done so HBO wouldn't have to compete with itself with the TV movie ''Film/TheNormalHeart''. Enough flak came out of this that the Emmys restructured their rules by clearly defining what constituted anthology or limited series and both are now ineligible for the Drama category.
* A variation:
From 2013-14, a show ran on Broadway called ''Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,'' about the last performance that Music/BillieHoliday ever gave. Although it had lots of music (since it was about a concert), it was designated as a play rather than a musical, netting its star, Music/AudraMcDonald, a Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play (her record-breaking seventh acting Tony). This was met with some criticism, with some invoking this trope.
!! Other Awards Shows/General Trends
* Creator/RosannaArquette won a Best Supporting Actress [=BAFTA=] for ''Film/DesperatelySeekingSusan'', even though she (as opposed to {{Music/Madonna}}) plays the main character and has top billing.
* At the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards, Music/JessieJ Golden Globes in 2013, Connie Britton was nominated for Favorite New Artist...despite the fact that she had two massive worldwide hits dating back to 2011, which wasn't much of Best Actress In A TV Drama for ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' while Creator/HaydenPanettiere received a problem...except that it robbed Music/SamSmith of a Best Supporting Actress nomination for (as she would the category; Smith's nomination following year as well[[note]]and in the Favorite Male Singer category wasn't able to wash the hypocritical taint of the other awards out -- especially with ''that'' nomination leading to as well, like the shocking snub of Music/EdSheeran, who Critic's Choice Awards in 2016[[/note]]) - since Britton and Panettiere play the show's main characters, this was viewed as an early favorite clearly done to win the category.keep from cancelling each other out.



* For ''Series/{{ER}}'''s first season, all six actors were nominated for Emmy's. However, Julianna Margulies was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, despite having just as much screen time and as many storylines as Sherry Stringfield, who was nominated for Lead. Presumably, this was to avoid the two of them canceling each other out, as probably happened to Anthony Edwards and Creator/GeorgeClooney (both up for Lead Actor), and Noah Wyle and Eriq [=LaSalle=] (both up for Supporting Actor). It paid off, and she won. It wouldn't be until the third season that Margulies was nominated for Lead Actress for the first time, as she had essentially taken over as the central female figure of the series once Stringfield exited (after the eighth episode of Season 3). Incidentally, the two of them were both nominated for Lead Actress that year, losing to Creator/GillianAnderson for ''Series/TheXFiles''.

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* For ''Series/{{ER}}'''s first season, Not even the Creator/{{MTV}} Movie Awards are immune from this. The 2015 nominees for Best Shirtless Performance are all six actors were guys, except for Kate Upton in ''Film/TheOtherWoman2014'' as a sop to equality ([[ThrowTheDogABone or to people who like girls]]). But Kate doesn't have a ShirtlessScene in the movie (it's not called Best Wearing A Bathing Suit Performance, people)...
* At the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards, Music/JessieJ was
nominated for Emmy's. However, Julianna Margulies Favorite New Artist...despite the fact that she had two massive worldwide hits dating back to 2011, which wasn't much of a problem...except that it robbed Music/SamSmith of a nomination for the category; Smith's nomination in the Favorite Male Singer category wasn't able to wash the hypocritical taint of the awards out -- especially with ''that'' nomination leading to the shocking snub of Music/EdSheeran, who was viewed as an early favorite to win the category.
* Writing example: if it's based on a previous work, the Academy only considers for Adapted Screenplay. Even if it's a sequel (''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'') or a script the writer-director previously filmed as a short (''Film/{{Whiplash}}'').
* In the opinion of a lot of high profile animators (and animation studios) the only reason why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created the Best Animated Feature Oscar in the first place was so that "cartoons" wouldn't be competing with "real movies" for the Best Picture award, despite the fact that '''''technically''''' animated movies
nominated for the animation award can still be nominated for Best Picture. This criticism was particularly prominent at the 81st Academy Awards in 2008, when ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' won the Best Animated Feature award, but was not even nominated for Best Picture, despite being generally considered one of the best films of that year. Still, once the Best Picture was extended to a maximum of ten the very next year, ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' got a Best Picture nomination, and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' also got this recognition.
* Although he ultimately failed to receive an Oscar nomination, Creator/DanielBruhl's performance in ''Film/{{Rush|2013}}'' received several precursor nominations in the Best Supporting Actor category. This is despite the fact that Bruhl's character, Niki Lauda, received just as much focus in the film as Creator/ChrisHemsworth's James Hunt, with the film clearly framed to show them as equal rivals.
** Lauda even serves as the film's narrator which means that if one has to be considered lead and one supporting the lead character is Brühl's while Hemsworth plays the supporting.
* Creator/EmilyBlunt is a lead character in ''Film/AQuietPlace'', yet she won the SAG Award
for Best Supporting Actress, despite having just as much screen time and as many storylines as Sherry Stringfield, who Actress. She was nominated for Lead. Presumably, this was to avoid the two of them canceling each only submitted in that category so as not split noms\votes with Blunt's other out, as probably happened to Anthony Edwards and Creator/GeorgeClooney (both performance, ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'' (which was up for Lead Actor), and Noah Wyle and Eriq [=LaSalle=] (both up for Supporting Actor). It paid off, and she won. It wouldn't be until Best Actress). The entire cast of ''A Quiet Place'' was actually submitted in the third supporting categories during awards season that Margulies was nominated for Lead Actress for because the first time, as she film had essentially taken over as the central female figure more of the series once Stringfield exited (after the eighth episode of Season 3). Incidentally, the two of them were both nominated for Lead Actress that year, losing to Creator/GillianAnderson for ''Series/TheXFiles''.an ensemble than any clear lead.



* Music/TaylorSwift's album ''Red'' was nominated for the Grammy for "Best Country Album," even though it contained songs like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and "I Knew You Were Trouble," which sounded about as Bubblegum Pop as you could get. It may have influenced Swift's choice to officially change her music genre of choice from Country to Pop.

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* Music/TaylorSwift's album ''Red'' The TV Week Logie Awards are pretty bad about this when it comes to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Best_New_Talent New]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Most_Popular_New_Male_Talent Talent]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Most_Popular_New_Female_Talent Awards]], frequently shortlisting established celebrities (e.g., comedians, singers or radio announcers) who've only recently started regularly appearing in Australian television, or established TV actors who've worked overseas in previous years. There's little indication that the magazine's readers take any of this into consideration when reading the shortlists, so plenty of these people will end up being nominated and then winning. A few standout examples:
** Lisa Chappell winning for ''Series/McLeodsDaughters'' in 2002, despite having been acting in New Zealand since 1987.
** Carrie Bickmore winning for ''The 7pm Project'' in 2010, despite having appeared on ''Rove Live'' regularly from 2006-2009 and having been a newsreader on radio for years before that.
** Firass Dirani winning for ''Series/{{Underbelly}}: The Golden Mile'' in 2011, despite previously starring in ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce''. Similarly, the previous year Anna Hutchison had been shortlisted for ''Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities'' despite her role in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''.
** Joel Madden winning for ''Series/TheVoice Australia'' in 2013, despite being the lead singer of Music/GoodCharlotte since 1996.
** While she didn't win, Kate Bell
was nominated in 2010 for the Grammy for "Best Country Album," even though it contained songs like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," a guest spot on ''Series/HomeAndAway'' despite having had regular roles in ''Series/BlueWaterHigh'', another ''Australian'' series, in 2005 and "I Knew You Were Trouble," which sounded about as Bubblegum Pop as you could get. It may have influenced Swift's choice to officially change her music genre of choice from Country to Pop. 2008. This one was probably a ConsolationAward.


* The TV Week Logie Awards are pretty bad about this when it comes to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Best_New_Talent New]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Most_Popular_New_Male_Talent Talent]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Most_Popular_New_Female_Talent Awards]], frequently shortlisting established celebrities (e.g., comedians, singers or radio announcers) who've only recently started regularly appearing in Australian television, or established TV actors who've had major roles overseas in previous years. There's little indication that the magazine's readers take any of this into consideration when reading the shortlists, so plenty of these people will end up being nominated and then winning. A few standout examples:

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* The TV Week Logie Awards are pretty bad about this when it comes to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Best_New_Talent New]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Most_Popular_New_Male_Talent Talent]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logie_Award_for_Most_Popular_New_Female_Talent Awards]], frequently shortlisting established celebrities (e.g., comedians, singers or radio announcers) who've only recently started regularly appearing in Australian television, or established TV actors who've had major roles worked overseas in previous years. There's little indication that the magazine's readers take any of this into consideration when reading the shortlists, so plenty of these people will end up being nominated and then winning. A few standout examples:


* Creator/PeterDinklage has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Primetime Emmy Awards for all six seasons of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (winning in 2011 and 2015) despite being the top-billed actor since season two.

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* Creator/PeterDinklage has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Primetime Emmy Awards for all six seven seasons of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (winning in 2011 2011, 2015, and 2015) 2018) despite being the top-billed actor since season two.


* Creator/GeenaDavis won Best ''Supporting'' Actress for ''Literature/TheAccidentalTourist'' despite the fact she was the lead in the film, sharing the most screen time with William Hurt as his romantic interest.

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* Creator/GeenaDavis won Best ''Supporting'' Actress for ''Literature/TheAccidentalTourist'' ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'' despite the fact she was the lead in the film, sharing the most screen time with William Hurt as his romantic interest.



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* ''Film/GreenBook'' portrays the relationship between Dr. Don Shirley and his driver Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga as they travel through the 1960s Deep South. Despite sharing similar screen time, Creator/ViggoMortensen was nominated for Best Actor at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, while Creator/MahershalaAli was nominated for (and ultimately won) the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.


* ''Film/TheFavourite'' is a film about three women who could all be considered leads. When awards season came around, it was decided to submit Creator/OliviaColman in the Lead Actress categories while Creator/RachelWeisz and Creator/EmmaStone had to settle for Supporting Actress. All three received Oscar nominations in those respective categories, despite having basically the same amount of screen-time. Colman likely got priority because she played Queen Anne, whose life is ultimately the main subject and setting of the story.

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* ''Film/TheFavourite'' is a film about three women who could all be considered leads. When awards season came around, it was decided to submit Creator/OliviaColman in the Lead Actress categories while Creator/RachelWeisz and Creator/EmmaStone had to settle for Supporting Actress. All three received Oscar nominations in those respective categories, despite having basically the same amount of screen-time. Colman likely got priority because she played Queen Anne, whose life is ultimately the main subject and setting of the story. This ended up working out as while Wiesz and Stone both lost Supporting Actress to Creator/ReginaKing, Colman pulled off an upset victory over the heavily favored Creator/GlennClose for the Oscar.


* ''Film/TheFavourite'' is a film about three women who could all be considered leads. When awards season came around, it was decided to submit Creator/OliviaColeman in the Lead Actress categories while Creator/RachelWeisz and Creator/EmmaStone had to settle for Supporting Actress. All three received Oscar nominations in those respective categories, despite having basically the same amount of screen-time. Colman likely got priority because she played Queen Anne, whose life is ultimately the main subject and setting of the story.

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* ''Film/TheFavourite'' is a film about three women who could all be considered leads. When awards season came around, it was decided to submit Creator/OliviaColeman Creator/OliviaColman in the Lead Actress categories while Creator/RachelWeisz and Creator/EmmaStone had to settle for Supporting Actress. All three received Oscar nominations in those respective categories, despite having basically the same amount of screen-time. Colman likely got priority because she played Queen Anne, whose life is ultimately the main subject and setting of the story.


* ''Film/TheFavourite'' is a film about three women who could all be considered leads. When awards season came around, it was decided to submit Creator/OliviaColeman in the Lead Actress categories while Creator/RachelWeisz and Creator/EmmaStone had to settle for Supporting Actress. All three received Oscar nominations in those respective categories, despite having basically the same amount of screen-time. Coleman likely got priority because she played Queen Anne, whose life is ultimately the main subject and setting of the story.

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* ''Film/TheFavourite'' is a film about three women who could all be considered leads. When awards season came around, it was decided to submit Creator/OliviaColeman in the Lead Actress categories while Creator/RachelWeisz and Creator/EmmaStone had to settle for Supporting Actress. All three received Oscar nominations in those respective categories, despite having basically the same amount of screen-time. Coleman Colman likely got priority because she played Queen Anne, whose life is ultimately the main subject and setting of the story.


* Creator/EmilyBlunt is the lead in ''Film/AQuietPlace'', yet she won the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was only submitted in that category so as not split noms\votes with Blunt's other performance, ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'' (which was up for Best Actress).

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* Creator/EmilyBlunt is the a lead character in ''Film/AQuietPlace'', yet she won the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was only submitted in that category so as not split noms\votes with Blunt's other performance, ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'' (which was up for Best Actress).
Actress). The entire cast of ''A Quiet Place'' was actually submitted in the supporting categories during awards season because the film had more of an ensemble than any clear lead.
* Creator/LanaTurner was nominated for Best Actress for ''Literature/PeytonPlace'' in 1957 (her only Oscar nomination ever), despite her character being the mother of the main character played by Diane Varsi, who received a Supporting Actress nomination (competing with Hope Lange's nomination for the same film) despite having far more screen-time. This was likely due to Turner's star power at the time, and being the biggest name in the film.
* ''Film/TheFavourite'' is a film about three women who could all be considered leads. When awards season came around, it was decided to submit Creator/OliviaColeman in the Lead Actress categories while Creator/RachelWeisz and Creator/EmmaStone had to settle for Supporting Actress. All three received Oscar nominations in those respective categories, despite having basically the same amount of screen-time. Coleman likely got priority because she played Queen Anne, whose life is ultimately the main subject and setting of the story.


* A variation: From 2013-14, a show ran on Broadway called ''Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,'' about the last performance that Music/BillieHoliday ever gave. Although it had lots of music (since it was about a concert), it was designated as a play rather than a musical, netting its star, Audra [=McDonald=], a Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play (her record-breaking seventh acting Tony). This was met with some criticism, with some invoking this trope.

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* A variation: From 2013-14, a show ran on Broadway called ''Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,'' about the last performance that Music/BillieHoliday ever gave. Although it had lots of music (since it was about a concert), it was designated as a play rather than a musical, netting its star, Audra [=McDonald=], Music/AudraMcDonald, a Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play (her record-breaking seventh acting Tony). This was met with some criticism, with some invoking this trope.

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