Trivial Matters #27 – Regarding the Nominees

The nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced yesterday, and as I was traveling to California all day I didn’t get a chance to post my usual trivia entry. So a bit late, here’s what I noticed:

  • Star Wars received five nominations but is not up for Best Picture…or anything else major. If it sweeps (which it stands a good chance of doing, what with four of the five being technical categories and Academy darling John Williams nominated for his score), it will tie The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) for most Oscars won by a film not nominated for Best Picture.
  • Kate Winslet, one of only five previous winners amongst the acting nominees (along with Eddie Redmayne, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, and Cate Blanchett), could become the thirteenth person to win Oscars in both lead and supporting categories.
  • It’s been 39 years since Sylvester Stallone was last nominated for an Oscar (he got two nominations for Rocky, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay, losing both to Network). If he wins Best Supporting Actor for Creed, he will join Harold Russell and Haing S. Ngor as the only non-actors to win the award.
  • All kidding aside, Stallone is the sixth performer to be nominated twice for playing the same character in different films. The other five are (* = win):
    • Bing Crosby as Father Charles O’Malley
      • Going my Way (1944) – Best Actor*
      • The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945) – Best Actor
    • Peter O’Toole as King Henry II of England
      • Becket (1964) – Best Actor
      • The Lion in Winter (1968) – Best Actor
    • Al Pacino as Michael Corleone
      • The Godfather (1972) – Best Supporting Actor
      • The Godfather Part II (1974) – Best Actor
    • Paul Newman as “Fast Eddie” Felson
      • The Hustler (1961) – Best Actor
      • The Color of Money (1986) – Best Actor*
    • Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I
      • Elizabeth (1998) – Best Actress
      • Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) – Best Actress
  • If Alejandro G. Iñárritu wins Best Director for The Revenant, which seems a distinct possibility, he will be the third director to win the award two years in a row.
    • John Ford won for The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and How Green was my Valley (1941)–and two other times besides.
    • Joseph L. Mankiewicz won for A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950).
    • It’s worth noting that in each case only the second film won Best Picture, so Iñárritu could also earn the distinction of being the first person to direct two consecutive Best Picture winners.
  • This is the first time since the 81st Academy Awards that every acting category’s field of nominees features at least one previous winner, and the first since the 79th that no film received more than two acting nominations.
  • The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road lead the nominations with 12 and 10, respectively, but neither scored a nomination for their screenplays, which as I’ve said before has historically been a bad sign for a Best Picture contender.
    • In addition, Mad Max did not receive any acting nominations, so if it wins, it will be just the twelfth such film to do so, and the third (after Wings [1st] and Grand Hotel [5th]) to win without nominations for acting or screenwriting.
  • Finally, Carol is the 47th film to receive nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress but not Best Picture. The last such film to win either award was Boys Don’t Cry (1999) (Best Actress, Hilary Swank), and the last to win both was The Miracle Worker (1962) (Best Actress, Anne Bancroft; Best Supporting Actress, Patty Duke). The last film to win two acting Oscars without a Best Picture nomination was Hud (1963) – Best Actress, Patricia Neal; Best Supporting Actor, Melvyn Douglas.
    • Carol received six nominations, the most for a non-Best Picture nominee since the expansion from five nominees in 2009. The record for most nominations without one for Best Picture is nine, set by They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969).

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