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.
Below, 13 more facts, stats and records regarding this year’s Oscars.
Loads of first-time nominees but …
This year could feature the most rookie acting contenders ever. Among the top contenders, that includes Jennifer Aniston, Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Michael Keaton, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, Rene Russo, J.K. Simmons, Timothy Spall, and Emma Stone.
Only a handful of past Oscar champs in contention
Very few of this year’s most likely acting nominees have ever won Academy Awards before. That group includes Marion Cotillard, Robert Duvall, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, and Reese Witherspoon.
Meryl Streep will extend her nominations record but …
Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods“) is expected to pick up her 19th acting nomination at the Oscars. It would be her fourth in supporting to go along with 15 in lead. That would extend her own 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.
At least she has three Oscars; pity poor Amy Adams
While Amy Adams (“Big Eyes“) would certainly welcome another nomination, it would put her in dangerous Oscar territory. This would be her sixth yet she is still without a win, placing her alongside Glenn Close, Deborah Kerr, and Thelma Ritter for the most by an actress without a victory. Only Peter O’Toole (8) and Richard Burton (7) had more.
Michael Keaton is how old?!?
Believe it or not, Michael Keaton would be the second-oldest Oscar winner ever as Best Actor. 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).
Robert Duvall could break two records …
Robert Duvall (“The Judge“) could become the oldest Oscar champ as Best Supporting Actor at age 84. The current record is held by Christopher Plummer (“Beginners,” 2011), who won at age 82. Duvall would also be the oldest nominee ever in this category, beating out Hal Holbrook (“Into the Wild,” 2007), who was 82 at that ceremony.
As could Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood already holds the record as the oldest Best Director winner for “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) at age 74. A decade later, he could extend that a good bit more by winning for “American Sniper” at age 84. He would also be the oldest nominee, surpassing 79-year-old John Huston for “Prizzi’s Honor” (1985).
Wonderboy directors need not apply
Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash“) could become the youngest person to win as Best Director. At 30 years old, he would beat out Norman Taurog, who won for “Skippy” (1931) at age 32. He would not be the youngest directing nominee, however, with John Singleton holding that distinction at age 24 for “Boyz in the Hood” (1991).
Finally, a fifth (and sixth) woman to be nominated for Best Director?
A nomination by Ava DuVernay (“Selma“) or Angelina Jolie (“Unbroken“) would be a rare thing in the Best Director category. Only four women have been nodded before: Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties,” 1976); Jane Campion (“The Piano,” 1993), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” 2003), and Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker,” 2009). Bigelow is the only of those to prevail.
Three in a row
Both Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper could receive their third consecutive nominations this year. The last man and woman to have acting nods in three straight years were Russell Crowe (1999-2001) and Renee Zellweger (2001-2003). For Cooper, if “American Sniper” is nominated in the top category, it would also make three times in a row to appear in a Best Picture nominee (including “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle”).
0 and 12?
Roger Deakins (“Unbroken”) could pick up his 12th career Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. He is still waiting for his first Oscar victory.
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.