hustleIn 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:

  • Last year, all five Supporting Actor nominees already had Oscars.  This year, the five Supporting Actor nominees only have two combined previous Oscar nominations.  In fact, it’s the first time since 2006 that no one in this category already has an Oscar (though, in 2009, Matt Damon’s Oscar was for writing).
  • On the other hand, Supporting Actress has two previous Oscar winners and three first-time nominees.
  • Best Actress has four previous winners and an actress who is on her fifth nomination without a win yet (Amy Adams), although is her first as a lead.
  • Combined nominations for all the Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress nominees, including this year:  23.  Combined nominations for all the Actress nominees, including this year:  38.
  • Martin Scorsese just earned his 8th Best Director nomination, tying him with Billy Wilder for 2nd all-time.  The other four nominees now have a combined 7 nominations (although several of them have had nominations in other categories).
  • Marty’s films now have a combined 80 nominations (third all-time) and 3080 points (third all-time, passing Fred Zinnemann).  But he’s still a long, long way behind the leaders: William Wyler (126 noms, 5180 points) and Steven Spielberg (124 noms, 4105 points).
  • Philomena becomes just the sixth film since the Broadcast Film Critics Awards began in 1996 to earn a Best Picture nomination without either a BFCA or a PGA nomination.  But, like the first film to do it, Secrets and Lies, in 1996, it was a British film with a BAFTA nomination and a Globe – Drama nomination.
  • We’re back to the way it was before the expanded lineup – all 9 nominees this year were released in October or later.
  • Last year, no film made more than $185 million but seven of the nine made at least $95 million.  This year we have a film over $250 million but won’t likely get more than 4 over $95 million.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have made 5 films together.  Four of them have now earned Picture and Director nominations.  Wolf of Wall Street is now the 6th DiCaprio film in the last 12 years to earn a Best Picture nomination.  Gravity is George Clooney’s 5th Best Picture nominee in the last 9 years.  Amy Adams, who has earned 4 Oscar nomination but only appeared in one previous Best Picture nominee is in two this year.
  • It’s the fifth year of the expanded Best Picture lineup and for the fourth time, the lineups for Director and Screenplay don’t match.  This time it’s Gravity that doesn’t get a screenplay nomination.
  • On the other hand, Gravity is the one film nominated for the major 5 tech categories (Editing, Cinematography, Score, Sound, Production Design).  It’s the sixth year in a row that at least one film has done that.
  • Gravity is also tied for the most nominations but not nominated for Screenplay.  It’s the first film to do that since 2006 and only the fourth since 1971.
  • All five Best Actor nominees are from Best Picture nominees for the first time since 1966.
  • For the first time since 1981 and only the second time since 1934 only one film has acting nominations but not Picture, Director or Screenplay (August: Osage County).
  • It’s the first time in four years that Western Europe has two nominees for Best Foreign Film.  It’s the first time in five years that all the nominees are from either Europe or Asia.
  • It’s Italy’s first nomination in 8 years – the longest ever gap for the country in the category.  It’s the first ever nomination for Cambodia.
  • Roger Deakins still doesn’t have a win for Cinematography.  But now he’s got an 11th nomination and has moved into the top 10 in points all-time.
  • After a bizarre five year layoff, John Williams had a third nomination in a row.  This still puts him, at 1150 points, way behind Alfred Newman for first place (1270).  But Alfred’s son Thomas, who still doesn’t have an Oscar, just earned his 11th nomination and is moving up.
  • Richard Hymns’ nomination for Sound Editing for All is Lost ties him for first all-time in points.
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