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2012 Oscar Trivia and Interesting Tidbits

By January 24, 2012

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2012 Oscar PosterOne thing I really love about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is that they always supply a list of interesting facts to go along with their annual list of Oscar nominations. This year's no exception, with the Academy promptly releasing some background info on this year's nominees immediately following the release of the full list of Oscar nominations. So I'd like to thank the Academy (I've always wanted to say that) for doing all the research and for being so speedy in coming up with these little bits of trivia:

  • This is the first year 9 films have been nominated in the Best Picture category (the rule changed to allow no less than 5 and no more than 10 in June 2011).
  • Walt Disney's the most nominated person in history with 59, but John Williams (nominated for his Tintin and War Horse scores) is second with 47.
  • Out of the acting categories, 9 of 20 nominees are first-timers. And in the Best Supporting Actress category, 4 out of 5 are Oscar newbies (only Janet McTeer was nominated before, back in 1999 for Tumbleweeds). Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) is the only actor to repeat from 2011.
  • Woody Allen doesn't do the Oscars (except for the ceremony after the 9/11 tragedy), and he likely won't be on hand if he wins this year in either the Best Director or Best Original Screenplay category for Midnight in Paris. But no matter, he still enters the record books as the filmmaker with the most double nominees (he has 7 now) for directing and writing honors on the same movie.
  • George Clooney is so popular with Academy members that he's nominated for two different movies (acting in The Descendants, adapting The Ides of March) in the same year - for the second time in his career. Back in '05, he won the Best Supporting Actor for Syriana and was nominated for his Good Night, and Good Luck screenplay.
  • Martin Scorsese picked up his very first Best Picture nomination for Hugo. His movies have been nominated before in that category, however Hugo is the first nominated film he produced.
  • Meryl Streep put a little more distance between herself and her closest competition, Jack Nicholson (12), by earning another acting nomination which brings her total Oscar nominations to 17. 14 of the nominations have been in the Best Actress category.

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