On film in contention at this year’s Oscars earned nominations for both Best Actor and Best Actress: “A Star is Born.” How likely is it that both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will win Academy Awards on Feb. 24? In the 90 year history of the Academy Awards, leading players from the same film have prevailed just seven times:
Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable for “It Happened One Night” – 1935
Louise Fletcher and Jack Nicholson for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” – 1976
Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch for “Network” – 1977
Jane Fonda and Jon Voight for “Coming Home” – 1979
Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda for “On Golden Pond” – 1982
Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins for “The Silence of the Lambs” – 1992
Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson for “As Good as it Gets” – 1998
Note that Nicholson has been involved in two of these lucky seven pairings. And he is a good luck charm when it comes to his leading ladies. When he won Best Supporting Actor for “Terms of Endearment,” Shirley MacLaine finally won Best Actress.
Since Nicholson brought Hunt along for the ride, other co-stars have been nominated. Sometimes both lose like “American Hustle” players Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Or just one won such as Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything” but not Felicity Jones and Emma Stone for “La La Land” but not Ryan Gosling.
Will Cooper and Gaga fall into the former or latter camp? Or will they both pull off upsets and become the eight set of co-stars to both win Oscars?
Gaga is ranked third behind Glenn Close, who won the Golden Globe (Drama), Critics’ Choice, and SAG for her role in “The Wife,” as well as BAFTA champ Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), who also won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy.
Likewise Cooper sits in third behind Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), who won the Golden Globe (Drama), the BAFTA, and the SAG, as well as Christian Bale (“Vice”), who won the Critics’ Choice award and Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy.
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