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Oscars 2013 - nominations

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A few first quick thoughts via my blog:

is the first James Bond film since
For Your Eyes
(1981) to be nominated for
, and it is only the second film in the series, following
The Spy Who Loved Me
(1977), to receive
nominations. No Bond film has actually
an Oscar, however, since
(1965) got one for Best Visual Effects.

Second, the
prequels now have one more thing
, namely, whereas the original trilogy got quite a bit of attention from the Academy, the prequels are being

Third, the Best Animated Feature category is especially interesting this year. Disney was shut out of the category entirely last year, but this year it has three of the nominees, whereas DreamWorks — the studio that won the first-ever Best Animated Feature award eleven years ago — was left out in the cold. Not only that, but the Academy nominated three (three!) stop-motion films in this category, including the relatively little-seen
The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Also, as Emma Stone noted during the announcements this morning, the Best Actress category features both its oldest and youngest nominees ever: Amour's Emmanuelle Riva is 85, thus beating the 80-year-old Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy, 1989) -- however, Gloria Stuart was 87 when she was nominated in the *supporting* category for Titanic -- and Beasts of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhané Wallis is 9, thus beating the 13-year-old Keisha Castle Hughes (Whale Rider, 2003) -- and, for that matter, the 10-year-old supporting-actress nominee Tatum O'Neal (Paper Moon, 1973).

Also, as Emma Stone *also* noted this morning, the Best Supporting Actor category consists entirely of former Oscar winners. Has this ever happened before?

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Some random data points:

-- Daniel Day-Lewis is widely considered the front-runner to win Best Actor. If he does win this award, he will be the first male thespian to win three Oscars for a lead performance (he also won for 1989's My Left Foot and 2007's There Will Be Blood). Katherine Hepburn holds the record, with *four* Oscars for lead performances -- one of which was a tie with Barbra Streisand -- while Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep have all won three Oscars apiece, but at least one of those awards was for a supporting category. Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington and Sally Field are all up for third awards too this year, but they are all nominated in the supporting category this year (and De Niro and Washington each scored one of their previous awards in the supporting category, too).

-- Silver Linings Playbook is the 14th film in history to be nominated in all four acting categories; the last such film was 1981's Reds. No film has ever actually *won* all four awards, and of the 13 previous films, only two failed to win *any* (1936's My Man Godfrey and 1950's Sunset Boulevard).

-- The Dark Knight Rises is the first Chris Nolan film *not* to get a nomination in any category since 2002's Insomnia.

-- Skyfall is the first Bond film to be nominated for *anything* since 1981's For Your Eyes Only, and only the second Bond film (following 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me) to be nominated in multiple categories. Thomas Newman's score is also only the second Bond score to get a nomination, the other being Marvin Hamlisch's for The Spy Who Loved Me. And Skyfall is the first Bond film ever to be nominated for a prestigious category like cinematography (all the other nominations have been for music, sound, visual effects and set decoration).

-- Anne Thompson says this year marks the first time a film has been nominated for both Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress since 1973's The Emigrants, though that strikes me as a rather strained sort of historical marker, since actresses in foreign-language films have been nominated before (e.g. Fernanda Montenegro for 1998's Central Station, or Marion Cotillard (who actually *won*!) for 2007's La Vie en Rose); and on the male side of the equation, Roberto Benigni won Best Actor *and* Best Foreign Language Film for 1998's Life Is Beautiful.

-- Meanwhile, Scott Feinberg says Amour's Michael Haneke is now "only the second director of a foreign-language film to score a best director nom in a decade, the other being Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)." But what about Clint Eastwood's nomination for 2006's Letters from Iwo Jima (which may have been an American production, and hence ineligible for the Best Foreign Language Film award, but was still basically a foreign-language film)? And wasn't Ang Lee nominated twelve years ago -- or just a couple years over a decade -- for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? And wasn't Benigni nominated just two years before that? And Michael Radford, for 1994's Il Postino, a few years before that? So wouldn't this make Haneke the *sixth* director of a foreign-language film to be nominated for Best Director in *nineteen* years? (And we're not even counting multilingual films like 2000's Traffic, 2006's Babel or 2009's Inglourious Basterds.)

-- In other news, Scott Roxborough notes that Amour is now the *fourth* movie to be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film, following 1969's Z, 1998's Life Is Beautiful and 2000's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. In all three previous cases, the nominated film won in the Best Foreign Language Film category but not the Best Picture category. Roxborough also notes that, "While many foreign-born helmers have earned the directors Oscar statuette – Michel Hazanavicicus, Milos Forman, Ang Lee and Roman Polanski among them – if Haneke wins, he would become the first to take home the trophy for a non-English film."

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Looks like Silver got Best Director and Best Supporting Actor wrong!

Ang Lee is now one of 19 men who have won Best Director at least twice; however, *neither* of the films for which Lee won this award won Best Picture. Only two or three other directors share this distinction: Frank Borzage (who won Best Director in 1927/28 and 1931/1932, for Seventh Heaven and Bad Girl respectively, though in 1927/28 there were separate awards for "Dramatic" and "Comedy" directors) and George Stevens (who won Best Director in 1951 and 1956, for A Place in the Sun and Giant respectively) won Best Director twice for films that did not win Best Picture, while John Ford won Best Director four times, but only on the third occasion -- for 1941's How Green Was My Valley -- did the film win Best Picture as well; the other three films were 1935's The Informer, 1940's The Grapes of Wrath and 1952's The Quiet Man.

Paperman apparently marks the first time Disney has won Best Animated Short since 1969, at least for a film that was not produced through its Pixar wing.

Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall tied for Best Sound Editing. This was sort-of the sixth tie in Oscar history, following 1932 (when The Champ's Wallace Beery got one more vote than Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde's Fredric March in the Best Actor category, but the Academy rules of the time said *both* actors had to receive awards if the margin was three votes or less), 1949 (when A Chance to Live and So Much for So Little tied for Best Documentary Short), 1968 (when The Lion in Winter's Katherine Hepburn and Funny Girl's Barbra Streisand tied for Best Actress), 1986 (when Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got and Down and Out in America tied for Best Documentary Feature) and 1995 (when Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life and Trevor tied for Best Live-Action Short).

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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Fun stats from Wikipedia:

In regard to acting merits, for the first time in the history of the awards, an acting category consists of only previous winners, in this case
. Alan Arkin, Tommy Lee Jones, and Christoph Waltz have each won Best Supporting Actor; Phillip Seymour Hoffman has won Best Actor; and Robert De Niro has won in both award categories. Also, out of the 20 total acting nominations, only 4 of them (
, and
) are first time nominees. . . .

has not had this much recognition at the
earned 13 Oscar nominations at the
in 1965; but, for the 85th Academy Awards, Disney earned a record-breaking 17 Oscar nominations in the studio's history in a single year: 12 for
and one apiece for
, and
. . . .

became only the second actor to win two Oscars in the same category where the films were directed by the same person. The first was

Also, how many times have the top six awards gone to six different films?

-- This year, Picture went to Argo, Director went to Life of Pi, Actor went to Lincoln, Actress went to Silver Linings Playbook, Supporting Actor went to Django Unchained and Supporting Actress went to Les Miserables.

-- In 2005, Picture went to Crash, Director went to Brokeback Mountain, Actor went to Capote, Actress went to Walk the Line, Supporting Actor went to Syriana, Supporting Actress went to The Constant Gardener.

-- In 1956, Picture went to Around the World in 80 Days, Director went to Giant, Actor went to The King and I, Actress went to Anastasia, Supporting Actor went to Lust for Life, Supporting Actress went to Written on the Wind.

-- In 1952, Picture went to The Greatest Show on Earth, Director went to The Quiet Man, Actor went to High Noon, Actress went to Come Back Little Sheba, Supporting Actor went to Viva Zapata!, Supporting Actress went to The Bad and the Beautiful.

-- In 1931/1932, Picture went to Grand Hotel, Director went to Bad Girl, Actor went to The Champ and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Actress went to The Sin of Madelon Claudet -- and there were no Supporting categories.

-- In 1930/1931, Picture went to Cimarron, Director went to Skippy, Actor went to A Free Soul, Actress went to Min and Bill -- and there were no Supporting categories.

-- In 1928/1929, Picture went to The Broadway Melody, Director went to The Divine Lady, Actor went to In Old Arizona, Actress went to Coquette -- and there were no Supporting categories.

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