Some tidbits, courtesy of the keepers of Oscar history:
— Eight is enough, it turns out. For the 84th, 85th and 86th Academy Awards, there were nine best picture nominees. This year, just eight.
— In the acting categories, nine people are first-time nominees. They are Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike, Patricia Arquette and Emma Stone. Previous winners are Robert Duvall, Marion Cotillard, Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep.
— Bradley Coooper’s nomination for “American Sniper” is his third consecutive acting nomination, after his supporting nomination for “American Hustle” and leading role in “Silver Linings Playbook.” The last performers to receive three nominations in a row were Renee Zellweger and Russell Crowe.
— Marion Cotillard received her second nomination for a performance in a language other than English. She won for “La Vie en Rose.” She is the fifth performer to receive two or more acting nominations for a foreign-language performance. Marcello Mastroianni had three such nominations and Sophia Loren, Liv Ullman and Isabelle Adjani, two each.
— Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer with 19, thanks to Rob Marshall’s “Into the Woods.”
— Roger Deakins now has the most nominations for cinematography of any living person with 12. Charles B. Lang Jr. and Leon Shamroy share the all-time record with 18 nominations each.
— Colleen Atwood has the most nominations for costume design of any living person with 11. The overall record in the category belongs to Edith Head with 35 nominations.
—”Ida” is the 11th predominantly black-and-white film to be nominated for cinematography since 1967, when the separate category for black-and-white cinematography was eliminated.
— “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was the first of the best picture nominees to be released, on March 6, and “Selma” and “American Sniper” the latest, Dec. 24.
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