In the history of the Golden Globes, only once has the Best Picture – Comedy category produced more than 2 Oscar nominees for Best Picture (that was in 1987, with Hope and Glory, Moonstruck and Broadcast News). Today, though I had been hoping for 5, they went with 4.
You could argue that there are now more Best Picture nominees at the Academy Awards and so of course this happens. And yet, in the first four years of the expanded Best Picture lineup, only 5 Globe Picture – Comedy nominees went on to the Oscar lineup. There were 4 just from this year.
But here is the other big statistic, which I looked up last night, just in case it came true. And it did. This is the 86th annual Academy Awards. In the first 85 years, 14 times a film was nominated in all four acting categories. Those 14 films were directed by 14 different directors. And now we have a 15th film – American Hustle. And not only is American Hustle directed by a director who’s done this before, David O. Russell, but he did it last year! Hell, last year was the first time in 31 years this happened. And now Russell has done it in back-to-back years. It’s truly astounding, and yet, I thought it might happen.
This might also put Jennifer Lawrence in the driver’s seat. Only two of those 14 films failed to win an acting Oscar – My Man Godfrey and Sunset Boulevard.
As usual, I jotted things down. I missed one in almost every category – Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Animated Film. I’m stunned they passed on Inside Llewyn Davis and incredibly stunned they would pick the dreck of The Croods over Monsters University. But I got Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress right and correctly picked Amy Adams, though I thought they would pass on Streep. I also correctly got Leo over Redford, but missed on Bale instead of Hanks.
On to the trivia: (more…)