Ten years ago right about now Reese & Joaquin took the stage in movie theaters with a full sung duet as June and Johnny Cash. Both were Oscar-nominated for their ringed fire as tempestuous country superstar marrieds with Reese going on to win in a strangely non competitive Best Actress year. His & Hers Oscar nominations for lively onscreen marriages aren't anything new of course but they also aren't dependable since one of the partners is often foregrounded while the other is window dressing or is equally brilliant but just not nominated.
But of the ten double nominees who did it best in the intervening years? (I included the divorced couples just to up the numbers). You decide. To make this more exciting, judge the performances FUSED. Who wins your vote then? These are your ten options
Lead unless otherwise noted
2005 Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon*, Walk the Line
2005 Heath Ledger & Michelle Williams (supporting), Brokeback Mountain
2010 Helen Mirren & Christopher Plummer (supporting), The Last Station
2011 Colin Firth* & Helena Bonham Carter (supporting), The King's Speech
2012 Daniel Day Lewis* & Sally Field (supporting), Lincoln
2012 Amy Adams & Phillip Seymour Hoffman (both supporting), The Master
2013 Bruce Dern & June Squibb (supporting), Nebraska
2013 Christian Bale & Jennifer Lawrence (supporting), American Hustle
2014 Eddie Redmayne* & Felicity Jones, Theory of Everything
2014 Patricia Arquette* & Ethan Hawke (both supporting), Boyhood
*won the Oscar
What of 2015?
The "His & Hers" teams of married possibilities this year are Eddie Redmayne & Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl (Hers & Hers in that case, though she's pretending to be supporting), and Charlotte Rampling with Tom Courtenay in 45 Years. Neither of those pairs are locked up for nominations just yet. As befits this year with blessed multiple female-centric films, Vikander and Rampling both have more nomination heat than their male actor screen spouses.