Yes, I have Meryl trivia, like everyone else.  But mine is probably a little different than everyone else's.

Yes, I have Meryl trivia, like everyone else. But mine is probably a little different than everyone else’s.

I have done numerous trivia bits before, usually about the Oscars.  But a number of things occurred to me this morning (most notably the bit about Foreign Film) that I wanted to get out there, because it’s the kind of thing that others usually don’t point out.

I don’t tend to Oscar prognosticate.  And I’ve seen hardly any films so far this year (the only BP nominees I’ve seen so far are Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel).  So I’m not trying to guess what will happen – only mentioning what has happened and what that has meant in the past.

  • Birdman leads with 7 nominations.  Only a handful of films have competed in the Comedy / Musical category with at least that many nominations (Cabaret, Chicago, Sideways, American Hustle), all of which won Best Picture.  But, this is the second time that Alejandro González Iñárritu has the film with the most nominations and the previous time his film (Babel) also had 7 and Best Picture – Drama was the only award that it won.
  • Gone Girl is only the second film since 1978 to earn Director and Screenplay nominations but not Picture (when eligible for Picture).  Munich was the other one, and it received no other nominations.  Gone Girl is the first film in five years to even get a Director nomination without a Picture nomination.  Marathon Man (1976) and Interiors (1978) are really the only films in Globe history to get this kind of appreciation without a Picture nomination.
  • Gone Girl is only the 4th film since 1978 to earn 4 nominations without Picture (if it was eligible for Picture).
  • A reminder that a lack of a Picture nomination doesn’t mean Gone Girl can’t win Best Picture at the Oscars – as recently as 2005 a film has won at the Oscars without a Globe nomination for Picture.
  • Just because Boyhood is the only Drama nominated for Picture, Director and Screenplay is no guarantee of it winning Picture.  The last time only one film was nominated for those three was in 2000 and it was Traffic, which lost Picture and Director.
  • There’s also no guarantee that the Picture / Director / Screenplay nominations will get Grand Budapest Hotel into the Oscar race for Picture – as recently as 2011, The Ideas of March earned PDS noms from the Globes and wasn’t in the Best Picture race at the Oscars.  Even being a Comedy doesn’t mean anything – look at The American President (only one Oscar nom).
  • Richard Linklater, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Ava DuVarney are in good shape.  Only 16 previous directors have been nominated for the Independent Spirit and the Globe (this is the first time there’s been more than 2 in one year) and of those, only Rob Reiner in 1986 failed to earn an Oscar nomination.  That’s also a good sign for one of those three to win the Indie – no director has ever lost the Indie when earning a Globe nom, except to another director also nominated for the Globe.
  • In spite of all the brilliant comedies he has made over the years, this is Wes Anderson’s first Globe nomination and only his second Best Picture nomination.
  • Unbroken isn’t necessarily completely dead in the water by blanking at the Globes.  True Grit, in 2010, earned 10 Oscar noms, including Picture and Director without a single Globe nom.  And the next year, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close somehow snuck into the Oscar race with no Globe noms and very little support elsewhere, outside the BFCA.
  • We have the return this year of something that used to happen a lot before the Globes created the Animated Film category: one film getting nominated for Picture – Comedy / Musical with no other nominations while another film is nominated for both Actor and Actress in Comedy / Musical but not Picture.  It happened in 2001, 2003 and 2004, with animated films earning the Picture nom.  But since then, it has only happened twice – in 2010, with Red the Picture nominee and Love and Other Drugs, the Actor / Actress nominee and this year it’s Pride that is the Picture nom and Big Eyes that has the Actor and Actress nominations.
  • Timothy Spall is not completely dead in the Best Actor race – the last actor to fail to earn either SAG or Globe nominations but to still earn an Oscar nomination was his fellow Brit Gary Oldman in 2011.
  • Tom Hardy becomes the first LAFC winner for Best Actor to fail to earn a Globe nom since 1997.  Timothy Spall becomes the first NYFC winner for Best Actor to fail to earn a Globe nom since 2001.  But this is the first time ever that both winners failed to earn a Globe nom.
  • There have been numerous years where all the SAG nominees for Best Actress also earned Globe noms, but this is the first time that all five earned Globe noms in the Drama category.  But there’s no guarantee yet of Oscar noms – as recently as last year Emma Thompson was nominated for both and didn’t earn an Oscar nom.
  • There’s also no guarantee that either Marion Cotilliard or Hillary Swank are completely dead in the race.  In 2012, Emanuelle Riva (like Cotilliard, a winner of multiple critics awards) and Quvenzhane Wallis (who only earned a BFCA nom) both made it into the Oscar race for Best Actress without a SAG or Globe nom.  And Amy Adams is still alive – just last year she earned a Globe (Comedy) nom without a SAG nom and ended up nominated for an Oscar.
  • The Supporting Actor race is probably set.  Only once since the SAG awards began in 1994 have the SAG and Globes matched 5/5 in Supporting Actor.  That was in 2009 and all five went on to earn Oscar noms.
  • Emma Stone earned SAG and Globe noms – her first for SAG, second Globe.  Patricia Arquette is nominated for both – her first film nomination for each.  Keira Knightley is nominated for both – her third Globe, first SAG.  Naomi Watts was nominated for SAG – her third.  Jessica Chastain was nominated for the Globe – her third.  That makes 6 previous SAG noms and 9 previous Globe noms for those five.  Then there’s Meryl Streep.  This is her 10th SAG nom and her 27th Globe nom.  Every time she’s been SAG nominated, she’s also been Globe nominated, though this is the first time she’s been nominated at SAG for Supporting Actress and her first Globe nom in Supporting Actress since 2004.
  • The Globes and Oscars are often at odds with Best Foreign Film, usually because of the strict rules of the Oscars, with the Globes often nominating films that aren’t eligible at the Oscars.  But, for the first time since 1992 (when four nominees were the same), all five of the Globe nominees have been submitted to the Oscars for the Best Foreign Film category.