The Oscar nominations are out! You can check out the full list here, but if you need something a little bit more quirky to show off to your friends or colleagues tomorrow, here are 11 cool bits you might not have known about this year’s nominees:
1) In the acting categories, four individuals are first-time nominees (Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhané Wallis). Nine of the nominees, including all of the Supporting Actor nominees, are previous acting winners (Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz, Sally Field, Helen Hunt). As Seth McFarlane said in the ceremony, “What a breath of fresh air”.
2) Jessica Chastain is the only one of this year’s acting nominees who was also nominated last year. She received a Supporting Actress nomination for The Help.
3) At 85 years old, Emmanuelle Riva becomes the oldest Best Actress nominee. Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis becomes the youngest Best Actress nominee. This marks the first time the oldest and youngest nominee in a category have been in it together. The oldest nominee across all acting categories remains Gloria Stuart, who was 87 when she received a Supporting Actress nomination for Titanic. The youngest acting nominee overall is Justin Henry, who was eight years old when he received a Supporting Actor nomination for Kramer vs. Kramer.
4) Amour is the fifth film to be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film. The others included Z, which won the Foreign Language Film award in 1969 as well asCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Foreign Language Film winner in 2000.
5) Emmanuelle Riva’s nominated performance is in French. Five performers have won Academy Awards for roles using spoken languages other than English. They are Sophia Loren, Robert De Niro, Roberto Benigni, Benicio Del Toro and Marion Cotillard. Also, Marlee Matlin received the 1986 Best Actress award for a performance almost entirely in American Sign Language.
6) Silver Linings Playbook is the first film to receive nominations for Best Picture, Directing, Writing and all four acting categories since the movie Reds.
7) Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg share the record for the most Best Picture nominations for individual producers with eight each. Also, no one clapped for Spielberg when his name came up in the Oscar noms. Hmm, strange.
8) With his Best Picture nomination for Argo, George Clooney joins Warren Beatty as the only individuals to have competitive nominations for Best Picture, directing, writing and acting. As you would.
9) John Williams has more nominations than any other living person, extending his lead with 48 (the only person with more is Walt Disney at 59).
10) Michael Kahn is now the most-nominated film editor, having received his eighth nomination this year.
11) Thomas Newman’s nomination for Original Score for Skyfall is his eleventh and brings the total for members of the Newman family (Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy) to 87, more than any other family.
Now, print this post, burn it, then mix it with a glass of water and drink up. You’ll be the Oscars whiz in no time flat.