Oscars by the numbers: Facts, figures and trivia

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Feb 23 2013 05:21 am
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1: First nominations for: Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables"), Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour") and Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild").

2: Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") is the second actor to be nominated for playing the 16th American president, following Raymond Massey's 1940 bid for "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" (he lost to Jimmy Stewart for "The Philadelphia Story"). 

4: "Silver Linings Playbook" is the 14th film to compete in all four acting races since the supporting categories were introduced at the 9th Academy Awards in 1936. The others, with winners noted were: 

"My Man Godfrey" (1936) - 0 wins

"Mrs. Miniver (1942) - 2 wins: Actress (Greer Garson); Supp. Actress (Teresa Wright)

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1943) - 1 win: Supp. Actress (Katina Paxinou)

"Johnny Belinda" (1948) - 1 win: Actress (Jane Wyman)

"Sunset Boulevard" (1950) - 0 wins

"A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) - 3 wins: Actress (Vivien Leigh); Supp. Actor (Karl Malden); Supp. Actress (Kim Hunter)

"From Here to Eternity" (1953) - 2 wins: Supp. Actor (Frank Sinatra); Supp. Actress (Donna Reed)

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) - 2 wins: Actress (Elizabeth Taylor); Supp. Actress (Sandy Dennis)

"Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - 1 win: Supp. Actress (Estelle Parsons)

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967) - 1 win: Actress (Katharine Hepburn)

"Network" (1976) - 3 wins: Actor (Peter Finch); Actress (Faye Dunaway); Supp. Actress (Beatrice Straight)

"Coming Home" (1978) - 2 wins: Actor (Jon Voight); Actress (Jane Fonda)

"Reds" (1981) - 1 win: Supp. Actress (Maureen Stapleton)

5: For the first time, one acting category is filled with past Oscar champs. Four of the Supporting Actor nominees -- Alan Arkin ("Argo"), Robert De Niro ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Tommy Lee Jones ("Lincoln") and Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained") -- have won this award while Philip Seymour Hoffman ("The Master") and DeNiro have won Best Actor. 

5: "Amour" is the fifth film to be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film. "Z" lost both races in 1969, "The Emigrants" lost foreign in 1971 and picture in 1972, "Life is Beautiful" won foreign in 1998 and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" won foreign in 2000.  

6: Record number of categories in which George Clooney has contended: Best Picture ("Argo," 2012); Best Director ("Good Night, and Good Luck," 2005); Best Actor ("Michael Clayton," 2007; Up in the Air," 2009; "The Descendants," 2011); Best Supporting Actor ("Syriana," 2005); Best Original Screenplay ("Good Night, and Good Luck," 2005); Best Adapted Screenplay ("The Ides of March, 2011). As head of the studio, Walt Disney won 22 of his 59 bids in four Short Subject categories (Cartoon, Documentary, Live Action and Two Reel), Documentary and Best Picture. 

6: There are this many technical categories (cinematography, editing, score, sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects) and "Life of Pi" is the fourth film to reap bids across the board since the sound editing category was introduced in 1963. "Titanic" (1997) won all six while "Master and Commander" won one (sound editing) and "Hugo" (2011) won four (cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects). 

8: The record number of Best Picture nominations for Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg, who contend this year for "Lincoln." Kennedy has yet to win while Spielberg prevailed in 1993 for "Schindler's List." 

8: Record number of nominations for Editor Michael Kahn ("Lincoln"). He has won three: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1982); "Schindler's List" (1993) and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). 

9: The age of Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"); the youngest ever in this race; Justin Henry was eight when he contended in Supporting Actor for "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). 

10: Colleen Atwood tied Sandy Powell's achievement, picking up her 10th Costume Design bid for "Snow White and the Huntsman." 

10: Cinematographer Roger Deakins hit the double digit mark with his nomination for "Skyfall"; he has yet to win.

11: Composer Thomas Newman is 0/10 at the Oscars and contends this year for his score to "Skyfall"; his father, Alfred Newman, won nine of his 45 Oscar bids. 

16: Sound Mixer Greg P. Russell remains without a win, despite 15 previous bids. He part of the team contending for "Skyfall." 

24: Number of Oscar nominations collected by the Coppola family (Carmine, Francis, Talia Shire, Sofia, Nicolas Cage) with Roman's Original Screenplay nod for "Moonrise Kingdom." 

46: Number of years since Alan Arkin ("Argo") reaped his first Oscar nomination for "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" in 1966. 

48: John Williams just extended his record for most nominations among those living with this bid for his score to "Lincoln." He has won five times: "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971); "Jaws" (1975); "Star Wars" (1977); "E.T." (1982); "Schindler's List" (1993). Walt Disney is the all-time recordholder with 59 bids. 

85: The age of Best Actress nominee Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour"); the oldest ever in this race; Gloria Stuart was 87 when she contended in Supporting Actress for "Titanic" (1997). 

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