Some Bits And Pieces Of Trivia About The 2013 Oscar Nominations

The picture about shows Emmanuelle Riva and Quvenzhané Wallis, both nominated today in the Best Actress category. Riva is the oldest nominee ever in that field and Wallis is the youngest. They are currently 85 and 9 years old, though… yeah, I think I know which way around.

Silver Linings Playbook is the first film since Reds to be nominated in all four acting categories. Today it’s Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawewnce, Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro; with Reds it was Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Maureen Stapleton – and only Stapleton won.

With 48 nominations, John Williams has the most of any living person. Walt Disney was nominated 59 times, so there’s still some catching up to do.

Amour is only the fourth film to be nominated for Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Picture after Z, Life is Beautiful and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. All of those ended up winning the latter category but not the former.

Lincoln has made Spielberg and Kathleen joint record holders for most amount of Best Picture nominations at 8 each.

All of the supporting actor nominees have been nominated before. Nine nominees in total have won before:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained
  • Helen Hunt in The Sessions
  • Denzel Washington in Flight
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
  • Alan Arkin in Argo
  • Robert De Niro of Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jessica Chastain is the only nominee who made the shortlist last year.

Moonrise Kingdom co-writer Roman Coppola is the sixth of his family to be nominated after Francis Ford Coppola, Talia Shire, Nicolas Cage, Carmine Coppola and Sofia Coppola.

Tarsem’s regular costume designer, Eiko Ishioka, is posthumously nominated for her costumes in Mirror Mirror. She passed away almost exactly a year ago, on January 21st 2012.

Only two of the Best Cinematography nominations were shot on film – Django Unchained and Lincoln.

Seth MacFarlane is the only solo host of The Oscars to be in charge of the show on the night he’s nominated for an award – in this case for co-writing a song in Ted. You only have to go back to 2011 and James Franco to find a co-host in the same boat, however.

This year’s ceremony, complete with MacFarlane’s jokes about not winning, I’m sure, will be on Sunday February 24th. Looking forward to it, the blessedly silly thing.


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