Oscar odds, ends, facts and figures
Fun stuff to know about Thursday’s Oscar nominations:
FIRST-TIMERS: It’s never too late for an Academy Award nomination. Just ask June Squibb, who is a first-time Oscar nominee for her supporting role in “Nebraska” at 84 years old. Other first-time acting nominees joining her this year are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey, Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto, Sally Hawkins and Lupita Nyong’o.
RUSSELL HUSTLE: After receiving back-to-back nods for directing and writing, “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell joins the company of six other filmmakers who have achieved the same feat: Billy Wilder, David Lean, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, John Huston, Richard Brooks and, most recently, Woody Allen for “Annie Hall” (1977) and “Interiors” (1978).
RECORD BREAKERS: Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer with her 18th nomination for “August: Osage County.” Woody Allen adds to his record number of writing nominations with his 16th nod for “Blue Jasmine.” ″The Wind Rises” filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki now has the most nods in the animated feature film category with three.
TWICE AS NICE: “American Hustle” and “Her” producer Megan Ellison is the first woman and the fourth person to receive two best picture nods in the same year. She joins Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Roos, who were both nominated for “The Godfather: Part II” and “The Conversation” in 1974, and Scott Rudin, up for “The Social Network” and “True Grit” in 2010.
RINSE AND REPEAT: Seven of this year’s nominees are previous acting winners: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence, who is the youngest three-time acting nominee at 23 years old. Lawrence and her “American Hustle” co-stars Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams were also nominated last year.
Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.