Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga would be the eighth pair of co-stars to win Best Actor and Best Actress at the Oscars. They’d be the fourth pair to do so in drama at the Golden Globes. But the “A Star Is Born” duo would join an even more elite group if they pull off the lead sweep at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
In the SAG Awards’ 24-year history, only two pairs of co-stars have managed to win his-and-her lead statuettes: Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt from “As Good as It Gets” (1997), and Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening from “American Beauty” (1999).
There have been a handful of instances at the SAGs in which one lead co-star wins, but the other loses; recent cases include Emma Stone (“La La Land,” 2016), Eddie Redymane (“The Theory of Everything,” 2014) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook,” 2012) all prevailing, while their respective co-stars, Ryan Gosling, Felicity Jones and Cooper himself, came up short.
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Of the SAG Awards’ co-leads champs, Nicholson and Hunt went on to win corresponding Oscars, while Bening lost Best Actress to Hilary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry”) as Spacey took home Best Actor. Nicholson and Hunt, who nabbed comedy/musical Golden Globes, are one of the seven pairs — and the most recent — of Best Actor and Best Actress co-star Oscar winners. The other six duos predated the SAG Awards, but it’s probably safe to assume that an Oscar-winning pair like Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins (“The Silence of the Lambs,” 1991) would’ve won SAG trophies too had the award show been created three years earlier (Foster won the inaugural lead actress SAG Award for 1994’s “Nell”).
Cooper and Gaga, who make up two of the leading four nominations for “A Star Is Born,” are predicted to win their categories in our early odds. Cooper leads Christian Bale (“Vice”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”) and John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”). Gaga is ahead of Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”).
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