Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County“) breaks her own Academy record with an 18th acting nomination (15 leading, 3 supporting). The next closest with 12 nods each are Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson.
Hepburn is the only person to ever win four Oscars for acting. Streep could share that record if she wins this time.
Streep and Hepburn are two of the six people to win at least three Oscars for acting. The others are Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Nicholson.
Composer John Williams earns his 49th Oscar nomination, more than any living person. He is nodded for “The Book Thief” as Best Original Score. The all-time champ is Walt Disney with 59 bids.
Composer Thomas Newman (“Saving Mr. Banks”) receives his 12th Oscar nomination but has never won before. Going back to the early days of the Oscars, his composing family (Alfred, David, Emil, Lionel, and Randy) has the overall family record of 88 nominations.
Likewise, cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Prisoners”) earns his 11th career nomination with no wins.
Megan Ellison is nominated against herself in the Best Picture category for producing “American Hustle” and “Her.” She is only the third person (Francis Ford Coppola, Scott Rudin) to pull off this double act.
With his bid for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese is now in a tie with Billy Wilder for the second most nominations among directors. They both achieved eight nods, behind William Wyler‘s total of 12.
Jennifer Lawrence could become the youngest person to ever win two acting Oscars. She is nominated for “American Hustle” this year and won for “Silver Linings Playbook” last year. The current record-holder as the youngest double Oscar winner is Luise Rainer (“The Great Ziegfeld,” “The Good Earth”), who was 28 when she earned her second.
Lawrence could also become the sixth person to win consecutive acting Oscars. The others were Rainer, Spencer Tracy (“Captains Courageous,” “Boys Town”), Katharine Hepburn (“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Lion in Winter”), Jason Robards (“All the President’s Men,” “Julia”), and Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”).
Five consecutive Golden Globe winners as Best Supporting Actress have also won Oscars. That would favor Lawrence (“American Hustle”) this time.
If June Squibb (“Nebraska”) wins as Best Supporting Actress, she would become the oldest winner of any Oscar category at age 84. The current holder of that record is Christopher Plummer, who won at age 82 for “Beginners.”
If Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave“) wins as Best Supporting Actress, she would be the ninth person to do so in this category for their film debut. The most recent ladies to accomplish this were Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”) and Anna Paquin (“The Piano”).
If Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips“) wins as Best Supporting Actor, he would be only the third person to win this category for a film debut. The others were Haing S. Ngor (“The Killing Fields”) and Harold Russell (“The Best Years of Our Lives”).
Woody Allen (“Blue Jasmine“) could break his own record in the screenplay category. He has already won the most times (3) for Original Screenplay. He also now has had 16 overall nominations in his career, by far the record for writing.
Robert Lopez could become the 12th person to achieve EGOT status by winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony over a career. He is nominated for Best Original Song (“Let It Go” from “Frozen”). He won Tonys for “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon,” a Grammy for “The Book of Mormon,” and a Daytime Emmy for “The Wonder Pets.”
The Best Picture winners with the most nominations were “All About Eve” and “Titanic” with 14. The movies with the most nominations this year are “American Hustle” and “Gravity” with 10 each.
Every Best Picture winner in the past 60 years has also been nominated in a screenplay category except for “The Sound of Music” and “Titanic.”
Every Best Picture winner since 1981 has also been nominated for Best Editing. 1980’s “Ordinary People” was the last one without an editing bid.
Recent Best Picture winners nominated for Best Sound Editing: “No Country for Old Men” (winner), “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Hurt Locker (winner), and “Argo.”
Recent Best Picture winners nominated for Best Sound Mixing: “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (winner), “No Country for Old Men,” “Slumdog Millionaire” (winner), “The Hurt Locker” (winner), “The King’s Speech,” and “Argo.”
Best Picture winners to also win Best Visual Effects include: “Titanic,” “Gladiator,” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”
No sci-fi film has ever won the Oscar as Best Picture. “Gravity” could become the first this year.