Once the clear frontrunner, Bradley Cooper’s musical romance now seems doomed. A victim of its own shortcomings or the environment it now finds itself in?
For most contenders, the road to the Oscar is strewn with speedbumps and potholes. The graph vacillates wildly, peaking after good reviews or buzzy publicity, troughing as sex scandals come to light or a key Tweeter clocks some questionable politics in the plot.
The path of A Star is Born has been striking for the consistency of its gradient: downhill all the way. After premiering to swoons at Venice last August, it’s gone from bet-your-granny lock to total no-hoper, without so much of a cameo as underdog.
Why A Star is Born should win the best picture Oscar