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The Impressive History of Oscar-Winning Redheads

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Red alert! The secret to Oscar success has been found.

Looking back at the list of Academy Award-winning actresses, something stood out. Many of these talented ladies share a clear factor in common: yup, they’re redheads.

From Kate Winslet to Susan Sarandon, the Oscar winners’ circle is full of flame-haired beauties. Not all of them have had red locks 24/7, but a brush with auburn tresses appears to be enough to get you on the path towards that coveted gold statuette.

This is good news for 2014’s red-hot Academy Award nominees, Amy Adams and Julia Roberts. Meet the flock of famous gingers these actresses will be joining if they win.

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton
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Oscar Moment: Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton
Year: 2008
Winning Red: Burning copper

Geena Davis

Geena Davis
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Oscar Moment: Best Supporting Actress for The Accidental Tourist
Year: 1989
Winning Red: Medium auburn

Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave
Oscar Moment: Best Supporting Actress for Julia
Year: 1977
Winning Red: Fox red

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith
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Oscar Moments: Best Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Best Supporting Actress for California Suite
Years: 1970 and 1987
Winning Red: Chestnut red

Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek
Oscar Moment: Best Actress for Coal Miner’s Daughter
Year: 1981
Winning Red: Dark strawberry blond

Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine
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Oscar Moment: Best Actress for Terms of Endearment
Year: 1984
Winning Red: Vivacious red

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson
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Oscar Moments: Best Actress for Howards End and Best Writing for Sense and Sensibility
Years: 1992 and 1996
Winning Red: Golden orange

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon
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Oscar Moment: Best Actress for Dead Man Walking
Year: 1996
Winning Red: Bold amber

Dianne Wiest

Dianne Wiest
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Oscar Moments: Best Supporting Actress for Hannah and Her Sisters and Best Supporting Actress for Bullets Over Broadway
Years: 1987 and 1995
Winning Red: Honey red

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman
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Oscar Moment: Best Actress for The Hours
Year: 2003
Winning Red: Blonde at the time of her win, Kidman will always be known for her stunning, ginger curls.

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet
Oscar Moment: Best Actress in The Reader
Year: 2009
Winning Red: Winslet lightened up for her Academy Award acceptance speech, but sported auburn tresses when originally nominated in 1998.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts
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Oscar Moment: Best Actress in Erin Brockovich
Year: 2001
Winning Red: Roberts accepted her Academy Award donning chestnut brown strands. Maybe she will nab her Oscar a friend this year as a strawberry blonde.

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