Will the third time be the charm? For the past two years, we were thisclose to having the Best Picture and Best Actress Oscars go to the same film for the first time since “Million Dollar Baby
” (2004). Emma Stone
took home Best Actress for “La La Land
” (2016) and we all know what happened after that. Frances McDormand
cruised to her second Best Actress statuette for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
” (2017), but her divisive film, which was predicted to win (oops), fell to “The Shape of Water
.” And now “A Star Is Born
” and Lady Gaga
are the odds-on favorites to prevail, which would only be the 12th time ever that Best Picture and Best Actress lined up.
It might be hard to believe, but Picture-Actress matchups were more common in the early days of the Oscars than Picture-Actor; there were four Picture-Actress overlaps to one for Actor before the latter started dominating.