1961: Burt Lancaster Wins Best Actor Academy Award

Burt Lancaster white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Self-Determination

Forty-seven year-old actor Burt Lancaster wins the Best Actor Oscar for his title role as the paradoxical con man preacher in Elmer Gantry.  Lancaster also co-produced the movie with director Richard Brooks, as an independent company. Of the part, he says, his performance “wasn’t really acting…I was, in essence, playing myself.”

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Lancaster’s natal Sun in Scorpio, while transiting Saturn in Capricorn is square the transiting Sun in Aries, and natal Neptune in Cancer, signifying blurred lines between an actor’s on-and-off screen personality. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Mars in Cancer, reflecting the Academy’s current preference for the strong male type.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Burt Lancaster astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for his Oscar victory

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Sun in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn in Capricorn (outer wheel, bottom center) square transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, right center) and natal Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Mars (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Mars in Cancer (inner wheel, top center)

1980: Meryl Streep Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Meryl Streep white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Distinction

Thirty year-old actress Meryl Streep wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer. Filmed six months following the death of her partner, John Cazale, of cancer two years ago, she threw herself into work as a diversion from her grief.

Transiting Venus is conjunct Streep’s natal Mars and Mercury in Gemini, reflecting acknowledgment for a job well done. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Saturn in Virgo, signifying a healing experience. Transiting Mercury in Aries is square the natal Sun and Uranus in Cancer, indicating a ritual ceremony that distinguishes her in the eyes of the world.

Jupiter conjunct Saturn

Meryl Streep astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her first Oscar victory.

Transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Saturn in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) square natal Sun and Uranus in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left).

1964: Sidney Poitier Wins Best Actor Oscar

Sidney Poitier white cartoon sketch set on a green stucco backgroundAstrology and Progress

Thirty-seven year-old actor Sidney Poitier wins the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Lilies of the Field. He is the second African American, and the first black man, to win an Oscar. A congratulatory kiss on the cheek from presenter Anne Bancroft results in a minor scandal.

Transiting Uranus in Virgo is opposite Poitier’s natal Jupiter in Pisces, square transiting Venus in Gemini, and natal Saturn in Sagittarius, signifying advancement toward inclusion, and a countering of deep-rooted biases. Saturn is conjunct the natal Sun in Pisces, indicating an individual measuring up to the highest level of scrutiny.

Saturn conjunct Sun

Sidney Poitier astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his Oscar win.

Transiting Uranus in Virgo (outer wheel, upper left) opposite natal Jupiter in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Venus in Gemini (outer wheel, upper right) and natal Saturn in Sagittarius (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Sun in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right).

1983: Jessica Lange Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Jessica Lange white cartoon sketch on orange stucco background.Astrology and Winning

Thirty-three year-old actress Jessica Lange wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Tootsie, but loses the Best Actress award for her role in Frances. She is the first performer in forty years to receive two nominations in the same year.

The transiting Sun is conjunct Lange’s natal Mars in Aries, indicating a winning edge. Transiting Mercury is conjunct natal Mercury in Taurus, square the natal Moon in Aquarius, reflecting a split in fortunes. Transiting Saturn in Scorpio is opposite transiting Mars, and the natal Sun and Venus in Taurus, square natal Jupiter in Aquarius, signifying a consolation prize.

Sun conjunct Mars

Jessica Lange astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1983 Oscar victory.

Transiting Sun (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Mars in Aries (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Mercury (outer wheel, top left) conjunct natal Mercury in Taurus (inner wheel, top left), square natal Moon in Aquarius (inner wheel, right upper center). Transiting Saturn in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom center) opposite transiting Mars (outer wheel, top center) and natal Sun and Venus in Taurus (inner wheel, top center), square natal Jupiter in Aquarius (inner wheel, right lower center)

1984: Shirley MacLaine Wins Best Actress Oscar

Shirley MacLaine white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Grudge Matches

Forty-nine year-old actress Shirley MacLaine wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Terms of Endearment. It is her fifth Best Actress nomination, and she was also once nominated as a documentary producer. She beats co-star and co-nominee Debra Winger for the big prize, declaring “I deserve this” during her acceptance speech.

Transiting Pluto in Scorpio is opposite MacLaine’s natal Mars and Sun in Taurus, indicating disruptive tension with a rival, contests over high emotional and social stakes. Transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio is square natal Saturn in Aquarius, signifying seizing the upper hand in a battle of wills.

Pluto opposite Mars-Sun

Shirley MacLaine astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1984 Oscar win.

Transiting Pluto in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Mars and Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left) square natal Saturn in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right).

1975: Robert De Niro Wins Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Robert De Niro white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and Absence

Thirty-one year-old actor Robert De Niro wins the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role as young Vito Corleone in The Godfather II. He was nominated alongside two co-stars from the same movie, Michael V. Gazzo and Lee Strasberg. Busy filming Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900 in Italy, he does not attend the Oscars ceremony, and director Francis Ford Coppola accepts the award on his behalf.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct De Niro’s natal Ascendant in Cancer, indicating his visible absence from a situation where he is the center of attention. Transiting Mars in Aquarius is opposite the natal Sun in Leo, square transiting Venus and natal Mars in Taurus, signifying advancement against rivals.

Saturn conjunct Ascendant

Robert De Niro astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1975 Oscar victory

Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Cancer (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Mars in Aquarius (outer wheel, upper right) opposite natal Sun in Leo (inner wheel, lower left), square transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper left) and natal Mars in Taurus (inner wheel, upper left).

1987: Marlee Matlin Wins Best Actress Oscar

Marlee Matlin white cartoon sketch on orange stucco background.Astrology and Communication

Twenty-one year-old deaf actress Marlee Matlin wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Children of a Lesser God, becoming the youngest winner of the top Oscar category. She gives an impromptu acceptance speech using sign language, with her interpreter speaking into a mic by her side off-camera.

Transiting Mercury is conjunct Matlin’s natal Saturn in Pisces, opposite natal Uranus and Pluto in Virgo, signifying unprecedented public exposure to the reality of physical disability. Transiting Neptune in Capricorn is square transiting Jupiter in Aries and natal Venus in Libra, indicating a celebration of young achievement.

Mercury conjunct Saturn

Marlee Matlin astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her Academy Awards victory in 1987.

Transiting Mercury (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Saturn in Pisces (inner wheel, upper right), opposite natal Uranus and Pluto in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Neptune in Capricorn (outer wheel, bottom right) square transiting Jupiter in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) and natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, lower left).

1992: Jodie Foster Wins 2nd Best Actress Oscar

Jodie Foster white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Feminism

Twenty-nine year-old actress Jodie Foster wins her second Best Actress Academy Award for her role as predator-chasing FBI detective Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs. Three years ago, she won her first Oscar for her role as a working class rape victim in The Accused, a sharp contrast to Starling, whom she thanks the Academy for “embracing such an incredibly strong and beautiful feminist hero.”

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Foster’s natal Moon and Uranus in Virgo, opposite transiting Mars, Moon, and natal Jupiter in Pisces, signifying a celebration of humanistic values. Transiting Saturn in Aquarius is opposite natal Mars in Leo, square natal Neptune and Venus retrograde in Scorpio, reflecting a feminist adoption of the hero archetype.

Saturn opposite Mars

Jodie Foster astrology bi-wheel with transits for her second Oscar victory.

Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Moon and Uranus in Virgo (inner wheel, upper right), opposite transiting Mars and Moon (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Jupiter in Pisces (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn in Aquarius (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Mars in Leo (inner wheel, upper right), square natal Neptune and Venus retrograde in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper left).

1982: Katharine Hepburn Wins Fourth Oscar

Katharine Hepburn white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Achievement

Seventy-four year-old actress Katharine Hepburn wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in On Golden Pond. It is her fourth Oscar victory, setting a new record for the most awarded to an actor. Busy working with a touring Broadway company in Washington, she is not in attendance for the Oscar ceremony, as was the case with her previous three wins.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Hepburn’s natal Ascendant in Scorpio, opposite natal Mercury in Taurus, reflecting her absence for being occupied elsewhere. Transiting Mars retrograde in Libra is opposite the transiting Sun in Aries, square natal Jupiter and Neptune in Cancer, and natal Uranus and Mars in Capricorn, signifying exalted status for an unprecedented achievement.

 Jupiter conjunct Ascendant

Katharine Hepburn astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1982 Oscar Win

Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, center left) conjunct natal Ascendant in Scorpio (inner wheel, center left), opposite natal Mercury in Taurus (inner wheel, center right). Transiting Mars retrograde in Libra (outer wheel, upper left) opposite transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, lower right), square natal Jupiter and Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, upper right), and natal Uranus and Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, lower left).

1985: Sally Field Wins Best Actress Oscar

Sally Field white cartoon sketch on pink stucco background.Astrology and Acceptance

Thirty-eight year-old actress Sally Field wins her second Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Places in the Heart. Her heartfelt acceptance speech, in which she references a line of dialogue from her first Oscar winning performance, Norma Rae (“you like me”), will be remembered publicly in both praise and mockery.

The transiting Sun is conjunct Field’s natal Moon in Aries, signifying an earnest and unfiltered expression of emotion. Transiting Mercury retrograde and Venus retrograde in Aries are opposite the natal Ascendant in Libra, resonating with natal Mercury post-retrograde and Venus retrograde in Sagittarius, indicating criticism and scrutiny from others due to misunderstandings or miscommunication.

Sun conjunct Moon

Sally Field astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for her second Oscar win.

Transiting Sun (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Moon in Aries (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Mercury retrograde and Venus retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, center right) opposite natal Libra Ascendant (inner wheel, center left).

1986: Anjelica Huston Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Anjelica Huston white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Acknowledgment

Thirty-four year-old actress Anjelica Huston wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Prizzi’s Honor. The movie was directed by her father, John Huston, and co-starred her longtime, on-off boyfriend, Jack Nicholson. Her relationship with both men has been complicated and painful.

Transiting Uranus is conjunct Huston’s natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, reflecting an awakening confidence and sense of self. Transiting Jupiter in Pisces is opposite the natal Moon in Virgo, square natal Saturn in Sagittarius, signifying praise and acknowledgment for a job well done. Transiting Neptune in Capricorn is square the transiting Sun in Aries, resonating with the natal Sun-Neptune square in Cancer-Libra, indicating dissociation from a painful past.

Uranus conjunct Ascendant

Anjelica Huston astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her Oscar victory in 1986

Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Sagittarius (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Jupiter in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom) opposite natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, top), square transiting Saturn in Sagittarius (outer wheel, left).