Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem become 6th married couple nominated for acting Oscar in same year

Partners Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, a couple but not married, were also nominated for acting awards.

ByLisa Respers France, CNN, CNNWire
Monday, February 14, 2022
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Sandy Kenyon has more on two couples both nominated for Oscars this year.

LOS ANGELES -- Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz are in good company.

One Tuesday, the duo became the sixth married couple to be nominated in acting categories in the same year at the Oscars.

Bardem was nominated for best actor for his role as Desi Arnaz in "Being the Ricardos," while Cruz snagged a nomination for her role as Janis in "Parallel Mothers."

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Past married nominees include Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt; Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner; Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton; Rex Harrison and Rachel Roberts and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Other couples who were not married but also nominated for acting awards in the same year include Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier (who would later marry) and longtime partners Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston.

This year Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons fall into that category.

The couple have reportedly been engaged for years and share two children. She was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in "The Power of the Dog" and he for supporting actor in the same film.

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