Two films in contention at this year’s Oscars earned nominations for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “A Star is Born.” How likely is it that one of these combos will both win Academy Awards on Feb. 24? In the 82 years since the supporting awards were introduced at the 9th Oscars, only six films could boast victories in both these races.
The most recent of these dynamic duos from the same film were last year’s winners for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”: leading lady Frances McDormand and supporting player Sam Rockwell. The others were:
Karl Malden and Vivien Leigh for “A Streetcar Named Desire” – 1952
Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal for “Hud” – 1964
Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli for “Cabaret” – 1973
Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine for “Terms of Endearment” – 1984
Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank for “Million Dollar Baby” – 2005
Here are are the two pairings that hope to join them in the Oscar history books:
Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Elliot and Lady Gaga – “A Star is Born”
Neither of these duos is likely to both win Oscars. Of these four contenders, only Lady Gaga has won a major precursor: she tied with Oscar frontrunner Glenn Close (“The Wife”) at the Critics’ Choice awards. McCarthy and Gaga are ranked third and fourth behind Close and BAFTA champ Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”).
Grant couldn’t even win on home soil at BAFTA; he lost to Oscar favorite Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) and is ranked second behind him in our odds.
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