'Skyfall' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Oscar tie, not unprecedented, but unusual

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Jessica Chastain stars in director Kathryn Bigelow's military action film 'Zero Dark Thirty,' about the U.S. hunt for Osama bin Laden. The film tied with 'Skyfall' for an Oscar for sound edting. (Photo by Columbia Pictures)
Mike Scott, | The Times-Picayune By Mike Scott, | The Times-Picayune
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on February 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM, updated February 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

It doesn't happen often, but it happened Sunday night at the 85th annual Academy Awards. There was a tie - in this case, in the race for sound editing, won by both "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall."

"Anytime that you get involved in some kind of history making, that would be good," said Per Hallberg, who edited "Skyfall" with Karen Baker Landers. "Also ('Zero Dark Thirty' sound editor) Paul (N.J. Ottosson) is a good friend of ours, and after this -- we kind of talked about it - this year there was so much great work being done, we could have shared it anyone and it would have been OK."

"And," Landers added, "anytime you win an Oscar, it's pretty good, no matter how you do it.

According to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences librarians, there have been five previous ties in Oscar history, with the highest-profile coming in 1968, when Katherine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tied in the best actress race, for "Lion in Winter" and "Funny Girl," respectively. The most recent was in 1994, in the live-action short category, won by "Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life" and "Trevor."