Woody Allen extended the record he already held in the Original Screenplay category by reaping his 15th bid for “Midnight in Paris.” And by also getting a Directing nomination, he broke the record he shared with Billy Wilder who contended six times in both those categories.
Wilder won two of those double bids — “The Lost Weekend” (1945) and “The Apartment” (1960) — and also won for writing “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) and producing the 1960 Best Picture champ. Allen has prevailed for directing and writing 1977 Best Picture winner “Annie Hall” and again for writing “Hannah and her Sisters” in 1986.
While Allen is a longshot in the helming race, he is favored to win his third Oscar for writing this year. That would tie him with Charles Brackett, Paddy Chayefsky and Francis Ford Coppola as well as Wilder.
Michel Hazanavicius contends for his original script for “The Artist” as well as for directing and co-editing the Best Picture frontrunner. Also in contention are “Bridesmaids” scribes Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, J.C. Chandor for “Margin Call” and Asghar Faradi for “A Separation,” which is the first script in Farsi to be nominated.