Now that the dust from last week’s Oscar nominations announcement has settled a bit, I thought I’d comb through the lists and find some interesting bits of trivia. It’s nice to know that many of you out there are as obsessed with this stuff as I am. Thanks to my EW colleague Thom Geier for coming up with a couple of these. Let me know if there’s any good tidbit I’m missing.
With his Best Director nomination for The Reader, Stephen Daldry has become the first director ever to receive nods for his first three films. (The other two were Billy Elliot and The Hours.)
This year, three of the four winning lead-acting performances at the Golden Globes (Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road, Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky, and Colin Farrell for In Bruges) weren’t nominated for the Oscar. That marks the first time that’s happened since 1954, when Spencer Tracy (The Actress), David Niven (The Moon is Blue), and Ethel Merman (Call Me Madam) failed to score Oscar nods after winning the Globe.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Penélope Cruz has become the fourth actor to receive nominations for performing in two different languages. Ingrid Bergman’s seven noms include a Swedish-language role in Autumn Sonata, Robert De Niro spoke Sicilian in The Godfather Part II, and Benicio Del Toro spoke Spanish in Traffic (and English in 21 Grams).
Waltz With Bashir is the first animated film ever to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
This year marks only the fifth time in Oscar history that the Best Picture and Best Director races matched 5 for 5. It last happened just three years ago, when Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night and Good Luck, and Munich were recognized in both categories.
With Frank Langella‘s nod for Frost/Nixon, Richard Nixon is the first president more than one man has been Oscar-nominated for playing. (Anthony Hopkins scored a nod for Nixon in 1996.)
If Heath Ledger wins the Best Supporting Actor award for The Dark Knight, he’ll be only the second posthumous acting winner ever, after Network‘s Peter Finch in 1977. Like Ledger, Finch had earned one prior nomination, and like Ledger, it was for playing a gay man, in 1971’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.
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