In 1998 Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart both received nods for playing Rose in Titanic.
In 2002 Kate Winslet and Judi Dench both received nods for playing Iris in Iris.
Already, people are buzzing about two films staring the 6 time Oscar nominee (and winner) Vanessa Redgrave, and each film she plays the older-incarnate of a main character.
In Evening, Claire Danes playes the younger version of a dying Vanessa Redgrave.
In Atonement, Saoirse Ronan plays 13 year old Briony Tallis, Ramola Gairi plays 18 year old Briony, while Vanessa Redgrave plays the eldest version.
Now could the trend of double nods for the same character at different ages occur again. Well, Kate Winslet isn't in either films, BUT like Rose and Iris, Briony is a floral derivitive of the small white Bryony vine.
So if say Redgrave and Ronan/Gairi both picked up nods (even if both in the supporting actress catagory) then all three occurance would be with characters playing flower names...now that, would be a random stat.
Whether or not a double-nod of this nature occurs, it seems like alraedy early in the season Redgrave is getting buzz and is one to watch out for in the upcoming award season. I know I'm watching out for Redgrave.