Want A Best Supporting Actress Oscar? Call Woody Allen

By Garth Bardsley

Hey, character actresses: Want an Oscar? Send your head shot to Woody Allen.

Penélope Cruz's win last night for playing the crazy/lovable María Elena in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" marks the fourth time an actress has won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for being in an Allen film. While it's true that the Woodster makes a lot of movies, those are still some pretty amazing statistics.

Odds are even better you'll get an Oscar in a Woody Allen film if your name is Dianne Wiest. She won two Best Supporting Actress statues thanks to Woody — one in 1986 for "Hannah and Her Sisters" and one in 1994 for "Bullets Over Broadway." The other winner was Mira Sorvino, for 1995's "Mighty Aphrodite."

But those are just the winners. Five other actresses have been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for being in a Woody Allen film: Maureen Stapleton for "Interiors" (1978); Mariel Hemingway for "Manhattan" (1979); Judy Davis for "Husbands and Wives" (1992); Jennifer Tilly for "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994); and Samantha Morton for "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999).

Woody has made 38 feature films so far. That means, actresses, if he's cast you in a supporting role, you have about a 1-in-4 chance of at least scoring a nomination. Maybe there's still hope for you, Scarlett Johansson — just stop insisting on playing the lead.