Cinema couples but not Oscar

What do Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton or Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem have in common besides being couples in real life? That each pair was nominated for an Oscar in acting categories in the same year. But no one has achieved the double so far.

A long-awaited double that in this edition could be achieved by both the Spanish couple -Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem- and the one made up of Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, these nominated in the secondary acting categories for “The Power of the Dog”.

These are some of the best known cases of couples of actors nominated in the same year:

1932. It was the fifth edition of the Oscars and the first double nomination in acting categories for a couple in real life had already taken place. They were Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, both for “The Guardsman”, but neither was successful.

1940. Vivien Leigh was up for an Oscar for “Gone with the Wind” and Laurence Olivier for “Wuthering Heights.” She won it. He would have to wait for 1949, for “Hamlet.” They were married shortly after the awards and their relationship would last until 1960.

1964. Rachel Roberts and Rex Harrison came to the gala as candidates for “This Sporting Life” and “Cleopatra.” None won it but he would win it the following year for “My Fair Lady”.

1967. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” She gave her second Oscar to Elizabeth Taylor, while her husband, nominated for the same film, left empty. It was her fifth nomination and she would get two more, but she is one of the great film talents who never got an award from the Hollywood Academy.

1968. The great Katharine Hepburn won her second statuette for “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” She had achieved it before for “Morning Glory” (1934) and would repeat it in 1969 for “The Lion in Winter” and in 1982 for “On Golden Pond”. A record that she has not broken or Meryl Streep.

His partner, Spencer Tracy, with whom he had a relationship of more than 25 years although they never married because he did not divorce his wife, was also nominated, but could not attend the gala because he died a few months before. And he didn’t win the Oscar. Both had also been nominated in 1956, although neither won. He for “Bad Day at Black Rock” and she for “Summertime”.

1969. Another mythical couple nominated for the same film, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, for “Rachel, Rachel”. But the actor in this case stayed behind the cameras and his nomination was for best film. Neither of them won. She already had an Oscar and he didn’t get it until 1987 for “The Color of Money”, although she had previously won an Honor.

1982. Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty had a short relationship that lasted just three years and ended shortly after the premiere of “Reds”, the film for which both were nominated. Of the three Oscars that the film won, none went to them as performers, but Beatty won the statuette for best director.

1986. Jack Nicholson and Angelica Huston formed, apparently, a solid couple, which exploded into the air due to the actor’s infidelities. They worked together on the brilliant “Prizzi’s Honor” for which the actress won her only Oscar in a film directed by her father, the great John Huston.

2006. In that year’s edition “Brokeback Mountain”, by Ang Lee, was one of the most talked about films. It had 8 nominations, of which three resulted in an award, but none went to the couple formed by Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams. He died just two years later, but he had time to show his enormous talent and won the Oscar, posthumously, for his Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

2009. One of the most controversial couples in recent years, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, coincided in the nomination in 2009, for “The Curous Case of Benjamin Button” and “Changeling”. They left empty. The actress already had an Oscar, won in 2000 for “Girl, Interrupted”, before her relationship with Pitt, who won it in 2020, for “Once Upon a Time in … Holywood”, when they were no longer together .

2016. That year’s edition could have been the consecration of Michael Fassbender, who came with his second nomination, for “Steve Jobs”, but the one who won the Oscar was his then-girlfriend and now wife, Alicia Vikander, as an actress supporting cast for “The Danish Girl”.

2022. And in this year’s edition there is not one but two nominated couples.

One is formed by Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, both candidates in the supporting categories for “The Power of the Dog” in which they play a couple. For both it is their first nomination.

And the second is that of Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, for “Parallel Mothers” and “Being the Ricardos”, respectively. It is the fourth nomination for both and it would be the second Oscar for both. The actress got it for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” in 2009 and the actor a year before, as a supporting actor, for “No Country for Old Men”.

This Sunday the gala of the 94th edition of the Oscars will be held and, according to the bets of specialized media, it does not seem easy that this time the double prize will be achieved for a couple.