Below, 14 facts, stats and records regarding this year’s Oscar nominations.
Three in a row
With his Best Actor bid for “American Sniper,” Bradley Cooper received his third consecutive nomination. The last man to do that was Russell Crowe (1999-2001). And that nomination in the top category for his film also means that Cooper has appeared in three Best Picture nominees in a row (following “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle”).
Robert Duvall breaks the age record
At 84, Robert Duvall (“The Judge“) is now the oldest nominee ever for Best Supporting Actor. He beats out Hal Holbrook (“Into the Wild”), who was 82 when he contended in 2007. If Duvall wins, he would become the oldest Oscar champ in this category. The current record is held by Christopher Plummer (“Beginners,” 2011), who won at age 82.
Michael Keaton is how old?!?
Believe it or not, Michael Keaton would be the second-oldest Oscar winner ever as Best Actor with a victory for “Birdman.” At age 63, he would surpass John Wayne (“True Grit,” 1969) by a few months. Neither man comes close to Henry Fonda, who was 76 when he won (“On Golden Pond,” 1981).
Meryl Streep extends her nominations record but …
Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods“) picks up her 19th acting nomination at the Oscars. It is her fourth time in supporting to go along with 15 tries in lead. She extends her own hard-to-reach record over Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson with 12 nods each.
Can she finally tie the record for most wins?
Hepburn is the only person to ever win four Oscars for acting. Streep could share that record if she prevails 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.
Loads of first-time nominees but …
There are nine rookies among the 20 acting contenders: Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood“), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher“), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game“), Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything“), Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl“), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash“), and Emma Stone (“Birdman“).
Only a handful of past Oscar champs in contention
Just four of this year’s acting nominees have won Oscars before: Marion Cotillard (“Two Days One Night“), Robert Duvall (“The Judge“), Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods“), and Reese Witherspoon (“Wild“).
First-time winners sweep?
None of this year’s acting frontrunners — Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“), Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood“), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash“), and either Michael Keaton (“Birdman“) or Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything“) — have won before. The last time all four acting races were taken by first-timers was in 2010.
Can the lone nominee for a film win?
If Julianne Moore does win for “Still Alice,” it would be a rare thing for a film with only one nomination. The last Best Actress winner to do this was Charlize Theron (“Monster,” 2003). The most recent acting winner in any category to accomplish this feat was Christopher Plummer (“Beginners,” 2011).
Best Director but not of a Best Picture nominee
Bennett Miller picked up a surprise Best Directing nomination considering his film “Foxcatcher” is not nominated for Best Picture. Since the field expanded to a maximum of 10 nominees in 2009, this has never happened.
8 Best Picture nominees instead of 9?
Ever since 2010 when the Best Picture field became a flexible number between five and 10, voters have settled on nine contenders. This year is the first time that the field is only eight nominees.
0 and 12?
Roger Deakins (“Unbroken”) now has his 12th career Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. He is still to win his first Oscar.
People with multiple Oscar nominations this year are: Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel” producing, directing, writing), Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper” producing, acting), Alexandre Desplat (“The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game” composing), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Birdman” producing, directing, writing), Richard Linklater (“Boyhood” producing, directing, writing), Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything” producing, writing), and Anna Pinnock (“The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Into the Woods” production design).
Best Picture winner needs screenplay and editing nominations
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.