“A Star is Born” lost all four of its SAG Awards races on Sunday. This shut-out is one for the record books. The cast went down to defeat to “Black Panther.” Leading man Bradley Cooper was bested by Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) while Lady Gaga lost to Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and supporting player Sam Elliott was outpaced by Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”).
“A Star is Born” is the sixth film in the 25-year history of the SAG Awards to rack up that many losses. This remake of the Hollywood classic join the following five films in the hall of shame: “The English Patient” (1997), “The Hours” (2003), “Brokeback Mountain” (2006), “Into the Wild” (2008) and “Manchester by the Sea” (2017). All of them lost the ensemble category as well as three individual acting races as detailed below.
In one bit of good news for “A Star is Born,” not all of the SAG winners repeated at the Oscars. We’ve marked the Oscar winners in gold. As you can see below, there are four instances where a film or performer lost at the SAG Awards only to rally and win at the Academy Awards.
“The English Patient” won Best Picture at the Oscars and Juliette Binoche pulled off an upset in Supporting Actress. In addition, SAG may have shunned the leading performances of Nicole Kidman in “The Hours” and Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea” but they rebounded at the Oscars.
All five previous SAG shut-outs except “Into the Wild,” had Best Picture and Best Director Oscar bids as well, with “The English Patient” winning both and “Brokeback” earning director. “Into the Wild” only got two nominations, Best Supporting Actor for Hal Holbrook and Best Editing.
“A Star Is Born” is already doing better than “Into the Wild” in that regard, garnering eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and acting bids for the aforementioned three stars. Cooper did miss out on a directing nomination though.
However, unlike the otehr SAG-losing, Oscar-winning films to date, “A Star Is Born” hasn’t picked up a major precursor win anywhere yet. The closest is a Best Actress tie between Gaga and Close at the Critics’ Choice Awards. “The English Patient,” “The Hours” and “Brokeback Mountain” all won Best Drama Film at the Golden Globes, which “A Star Is Born” was widely expected to win, only to fall to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Kidman and Affleck also won Globes, while Gaga’s expected victory went to Close.
“A Star Is Born”‘s frontrunner status in multiple races has dimmed drastically in the past few weeks, and it’s definitely far from the shallow now.
“The English Patient“
Ensemble: lost to “The Birdcage”
Actor: Ralph Fiennes lost to Geoffrey Rush (“Shine”)
Actress: Kristin Scott Thomas lost to Frances McDormand (“Fargo”)
Supporting Actress: Juliette Binoche lost to Lauren Bacall (“The Mirror Has Two Faces”)
Ensemble: lost to “Chicago“
Actress: Nicole Kidman lost to Renee Zellweger (“Chicago”)
Supporting Actor: Ed Harris lost to Christopher Walken (“Catch Me If You Can”); Chris Cooper (“Adaptation”) won the Oscar
Supporting Actress: Julianne Moore lost to Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”)
Ensemble: lost to “Crash“
Actor: Heath Ledger lost to Phillip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote”)
Supporting Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal lost to Paul Giamatti (“Cinderella Man”); George Clooney (“Syriana”) won the Oscar
Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams lost to Rachel Weisz (“The Constant Gardener”)
“Into the Wild”
Ensemble: lost to “No Country for Old Men“
Actor: Emile Hirsch lost to Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”)
Supporting Actor: Hal Holbrook lost to Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”)
Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener lost to Ruby Dee (“American Gangster”); Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”) won the Oscar
“Manchester by the Sea”
Ensemble: lost to “Hidden Figures”; “Moonlight” won Best Picture
Actor: Casey Affleck lost to Denzel Washington (“Fences”)
Supporting Actor: Lucas Hedges lost to Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”)
Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams lost to Viola Davis (“Fences”)
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