Oscar odds, ends, facts and figures


Fun stuff to know about Thursday’s Oscar nominations:

GOLDEN AGE: At 85 years old, Emmanuelle Riva of Amou r is now the oldest best-actress nominee, while 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild is the youngest in that category. The oldest nominee across all acting categories remains Gloria Stuart, who was 87 when she received a supporting actress nod for 1997’s Titanic, and the youngest is Justin Henry, who was 8 when he was nominated as supporting actor for 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer.

VETERANS DAY: Nine of the nominees, including all of the supporting actor nominees, are previous winners: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones of Lincoln, Denzel Washington of Flight, Alan Arkin of Argo, Robert De Niro of Silver Linings Playbook, Philip Seymour Hoffman of The Master, Christoph Waltz of Django Unchained and Helen Hunt of The Sessions. Jessica Chastain, up for Zero Dark Thirty, is the only acting contender who was nominated last year.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Thomas Newman’s nod for original score for Skyfall is his 11th and brings the total for members of the musical Newman family (Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy) to 87, more than any other clan. With his original screenplay nomination for Moonrise Kingdom, Roman Coppola becomes the sixth member of the Coppola family (Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Talia Shire, Nicolas Cage and Sofia Coppola) to receive a nod, for a family total of 24.

RECORD BREAKERS: Some nominees are smashing records. Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy share the record for the most best picture nominations for individual producers with eight each. With his best picture nod for Argo, producer George Clooney joins Warren Beatty as the only powerhouses to have nominations for best picture, directing, writing and acting. Michael Kahn is now the most-nominated film editor, having received his eighth nomination this year for Lincoln.

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR: Amour, which is nominated in five categories this year, is the fifth film to be nominated in both the best picture and foreign language categories. The others were Z, which won the foreign language trophy in 1969; The Emigrants, a foreign language nominee in 1971 and a best picture nominee in 1972; Life Is Beautiful, which won the foreign language award in 1998; and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the foreign language winner in 2000.

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