For example, Harold Russell, a non-professional actor who lost both of his hands in World War II, was the first and only actor to receive two Oscars for the same performance.
He was nominated for his performance in the Best Picture winner The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). The Academy didn’t think he was going to win that night, but they wanted to honor him in some way, so they presented him with an Honorary Oscar for “bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives.” That night, Russell also beat out four acting legends and ended up taking home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
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