Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, who have been married since 2010, are nominated respectively for Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress. Bardem earned the nomination for his performance in Being the Ricardos, and Cruz for her work in Pedro Almodóvar's Parallel Mothers.
This is a perfect symbol of everything that they have achieved together over the years.
They’re the sixth spouses in Oscar history to earn Oscar acting nominations in the same year. (Real-life partners Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons are in a similar situation with their nominations for “The Power of the Dog,” but they’re not married.)
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.
The first movie that Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz starred in together was Jamón Jamón.
But after that 1992 film, both began to find work far from home. It’s been some time since the days when they only starred in Spanish films. And while they have appeared in movies across the world, Hollywood likes to think of itself as something like their second home.