What Is the John C. Reilly Award, and How Did Michael Stuhlbarg Just Become the First Person to Win It in 15 Years?

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Reilly did something exceedingly rare back in 2002: appeared in three different Best Picture nominees.

His roles in “Gangs of New York,” “Chicago,” and “The Hours” — all of which premiered within a week of each other — are now the basis for what FiveThirtyEight has appropriately dubbed the John C.

Reilly Award, which is “figuratively bestowed on the actor who appears in the most best picture nominees in a single year, with a minimum of three required for consideration.”This year’s winner — and, in fact, the first one since Reilly himself — is none other than Michael Stuhlbarg.The oft-snubbed actor had supporting roles in “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Call Me by Your Name”; he was considered a potential Best Supporting Actor nominee for his lovely performance in Luca Guadagnino’s romantic drama, but those dreams, unfortunately, went the way of first love.Prior to Reilly,

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