Several ties have occurred in Academy Awards voting:
22nd (1949): Documentary (Short Subject)
A Chance to Live
So Much for So Little
41st (1968): Best Actress
Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter
Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl
59th (1986): Documentary (Feature)
Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got
Down and Out in America
67th (1994: Short Film (Live Action)
Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life
85th (2012): Sound Editing
Zero Dark Thirty
But in 1932, two gentlemen shared the Oscar for Best Actor even though one of them had more votes than the other.
At the 5th Academy Awards, Fredric March, who starred in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Wallace Beery, who starred in The Champ, “tied” even though March had one more vote than Beery.
They both received Oscars that night because the rules at the time stated that if an achievement came within three votes of the winner, then both would receive the award. That rule was soon altered, and subsequent ties were exact ties.
Top photo: Wallace Beery, presenter Lionel Barrymore, host Conrad Nagel and Fredric March at the 5th Academy Awards banquet.
Middle photo: Lionel Barrymore, Conrad Nagel, and Wallace Beery.
Bottom photo: Oscar winners Frank Borzage (Directing, Bad Girl, 1931), Helen Hayes (Actress, The Sin of Madelon Claudet, 1931), and Fredric March.
Dr. Jekyll hard at work
"The Sign of the Cross" (1932)