Composer John Williams set a new Academy Award record when Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday morning. Eddie Redmayne and Cate Blanchett would like to set some records for themselves when statuettes are given out at the ceremony hosted by Chris Rock on February 28.
Below, 14 facts, stats and records regarding this year’s Oscar nominations.
Composer John Williams celebrates his 50th Oscar nomination by revisiting the “Star Wars” universe. He has a bid for Best Original Score of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and now has the second most career nominations, only trailing Walt Disney (59).
If Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl“) prevails this year, he would become only the sixth performer to win back-to-back Oscars. For the Best Actor category, Spencer Tracy (“Captains Courageous,” “Boys Town”) and Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) were the only two men to achieve this feat.
Third acting win joins exclusive club
Cate Blanchett (“Carol“) is the only acting contender this year that has a shot at joining an exclusive club. If she wins for a third time, she would become only the seventh performer to do so at the Oscars. The actresses are Katharine Hepburn (who has four), Ingrid Bergman, and Meryl Streep. The actors are Walter Brennan, Jack Nicholson, and Daniel Day-Lewis.
On the way to an EGOT?
Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo“) is already a six-time Emmy champ for “Breaking Bad” and won a Tony Award two years ago for “All the Way.” An Oscar victory would put him just one Grammy away from becoming the 13th person to achieve the coveted EGOT club (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony in competition).
Best Actor race
The only previous Oscar winner for acting among this year’s five nominees is Redmayne. Matt Damon (“The Martian“) has a previous victory for Best Original Screenplay (“Good Will Hunting”). This is the sixth nomination for Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant“) and second for Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs“). The only first time nominee is Cranston.
Best Actress race
This lead category features a prior double winner in Blanchett, now on her seventh career nomination, and one-time champ in Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy“) who, at age 25, is the youngest actress to reap four bids. Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn“) has her second career nomination. Spanning a wide age difference, Brie Larson (“Room“) and Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years“) each mark their first nominations.
Best Supporting Actor race
Christian Bale (“The Big Short“) is the only previous Oscar winner in this race. Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight“) picks up his third overall nomination and has back-to-back bids (along with one last year for “Foxcatcher”). This is also the third career nomination for Sylvester Stallone (“Creed“), but it has been 39 years since he was at the Oscars for “Rocky”(matching the gap between bids for Helen Hayes and two years shy of the record held by Henry Fonda). Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”) and Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies“) are first-time contenders.
Best Supporting Actress race
Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”) marks her seventh career Oscar nomination along with a prior victory for “The Reader.” Rooney Mara (“Carol”) is back for her second chance at the ceremony. The other three ladies — Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight“), Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”), and Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) — are rookie nominees.
Can the lone nominee for a film win again?
Julianne Moore was the only nominee from”Still Alice” last year, but still won the Oscar for Best Actress. Other recent winners who have flown solo include Charlize Theron (“Monster,” 2003) and Christopher Plummer (“Beginners,” 2011). Of this year’s acting contenders, Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”), and Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”) are the lone contenders from their films.
8 Best Picture nominees instead of 9?
This is the second straight year that voters have settled on eight Best Picture nominees. In the three years prior since 2010 when the Best Picture field became a flexible number between five and 10, voters had settled on nine contenders each time.
0 and 13?
Roger Deakins (“Sicario”) now has his 13th career Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. He is still to win his first Oscar. Likewise for composer Thomas Newman who has gone 0 for 12 and is nominated for “Bridge of Spies.”
People with multiple Oscar nominations this year are: Pete Docter (“Inside Out” animation and writing), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“The Revenant” producing and directing), Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight” directing and writing), Adam McKay (“The Big Short” directing and writing), George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road” producing and directing), and Sandy Powell (“Carol” and “Cinderella” costume designs).
Best Picture winner needs a screenplay nomination
Only seven of the 87 Best Picture winners did so without a screenplay category nomination. There were four in the first six years and then “Hamlet” (1948), “The Sound of Music” (1965) and “Titanic” (1997). The two Best Picture nominees this year without writing bids are “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant.”
Best Picture winner usually needs an editing nomination
Last year’s victory by “Birdman” broke a long-standing trend that a Best Picture winner needs to have an editing nomination. Before that, it has been back to 1980’s “Ordinary People” as the last one without an editing bid. Four of this year’s top contenders are not up for editing: “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “The Martian,” and “Room.”
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Photo Credit: John Williams by Michael Buckner/Variety/REX Shutterstock; Eddie Redmayne by David Fisher/REX Shutterstock; Cate Blanchett by A.M.P.A.S../REX Shutterstock.