Can “A Star Is Born” really do what only two films have done and win three acting Oscars? Our readers think so: 34 percent is certain that the remake will claim three statuettes just like “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) and “Network” did.
“A Star Is Born” is only contending in three of the four acting races, so it’ll have to go three-for-three if it wants to accomplish this feat. Bradley Cooper is the strongest in Best Actor, with 39/10 odds to prevail, for his wounded alcoholic country star Jackson Maine. A four-time nominee (three for acting, one for producing), Cooper could double his career nomination count with “A Star Is Born” with acting, directing, producing and writing bids. Best Actor is the best place to honor him and the least competitive of the four (Best Adapted Screenplay is not super competitive, but “A Star Is Born” is not favored to win there).
Lady Gaga recently moved to the No. 1 spot in our Best Actress predictions after everyone saw that her magnetic performance as Ally was more than the source of endless memes. Gaga bumped down six-time nominee Glenn Close (“The Wife”), but her path to victory got more complicated this week after Olivia Colman opted to campaign in lead for “The Favourite.” Wins for Cooper and Gaga would make them the first Best Actor and Actress champs from the same film since Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt for “As Good as It Gets” (1997).
Sam Elliott is the weakest of the three to walk away with a statuette, relatively speaking. He’s in second place in our Best Supporting Actor odds, but is creeping up on Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”). Elliott doesn’t have a lot of screen time as Bobby, Jackson’s brother and manager, but it’s a deeply felt performance from a never-nominated veteran.
But others are less confident “A Star Is Born” will join this exclusive group: 30 percent feel the movie will only deliver two acting wins, while 27 percent think there will only be one, and 9 percent think it will go 0-for-3.
If “A Star Is Born” does go 3-for-3, it will then try to do something neither “Streetcar” nor “Network” did: win Best Picture. The former lost to “An American in Paris,” while the latter was knocked out by “Rocky.” “A Star Is Born” is currently the Best Picture favorite.
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on January 22.