“La La Land,” Barry Jenkins, Denzel Washington, and Meryl Streep could all break several Oscar records when awards are handed out on Sunday, February 26. Below, we offer up 12 facts, stats, and figures regarding this years nominees announced on Tuesday:
Barry Jenkins could become first African American to win Best Director
Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) could become the first African American to win the Oscar for Best Director. He is only the fourth black filmmaker to be nominated by the director’s branch, following John Singleton (“Boyz N the Hood”), Lee Daniels (“Precious”), and Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”). He is also the second to receive a writing nomination (following Singleton), and the third to direct a Best Picture nominee.
Denzel Washington could join three acting wins club
Should he win Best Actor, Denzel Washington (“Fences”) could become only the seventh performer in history to win three acting Oscars, and the first African American to do so. The all-time champ is Katharine Hepburn with four, followed by Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jack Nicholson, and Meryl Streep with three each.
Meryl Streep breaks her own nominations record, and could tie Katharine Hepburn’s
Speaking of Streep, she broke her own record Tuesday with her 20th nomination, more than any other performer in history. If she wins Best Actress for “Florence Foster Jenkins,” she’ll tie Hepburn’s all-time win record amongst actors with four.
Isabelle Huppert could be latest Foreign Language Film acting winner
Following her surprise Golden Globe victory, Best Actress nominee Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) could become one of a handful of actors to win an Oscar for a foreign language performance. She’d be only the third to do so in her category, following Sophia Loren (“Two Women”) and Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”). Other thespians who won for non-English roles are Robert De Niro (“The Godfather, Part II”), Roberto Benigni (“Life is Beautiful”), and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”). Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) and Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”) as well gave most of their Oscar-winning performances in different languages.
“La La Land” could break all-time wins record
“La La Land” tied “All About Eve” (1950) and “Titanic” (1997) for all-time nominations with a whopping 14. Of those, it could win 13 (it has two bids in Original Song), which would break the long-standing record of “Ben-Hur” (1959), “Titanic,” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003) for over-all wins: those three films managed 11 victories apiece.
Lin-Manuel Miranda could become youngest EGOT winner
With his Best Original Song citation for “Moana,” Tony, Grammy, and Emmy victor Lin-Manuel Miranda stands the chance of becoming an EGOT. He would be only the 13th person in history to achieve this honor, and the youngest to boot.
Diversity throughout the acting nominees
For the first time in a decade, all four acting categories feature non-white contenders: Washington in Best Actor, Ruth Negga (“Loving”) in Best Actress, Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) and Dev Patel (“Lion”) in Best Supporting Actor, and Viola Davis (“Fences”), Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), and Octavia Spencer (“ ”) in Best Supporting Actress. The three nominations for African American performers in Supporting Actress is an all-time record for any acting category.
“Moonlight’s” Joi McMillon is first African American woman Film Editing nominee
This years nominations were a banner year for diversity, and one bit of history was made in Best Film Editing, where Joi McMillon (“Moonlight”) became the first African American woman ever nominated in that category. Could she become the first winner?
“Kubo and the Two Strings” is second animated feature to compete for Best Visual Effects
“Kubo and the Two Strings” became the second animated film to be nominated for Best Visual Effects. The first was “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993), another stop-motion feature.
Thomas Newman: 0 for 14?
Thomas Newman is the Roger Deakins of composers: nomination after nomination without a win. Could his bid for “Passengers,” his 14th overall and 13th for Score, bring him his first victory? Of note, he’s the only prior contender amongst the nominees.
Sound contenders searching for wins
Speaking of which, there are several double-digit nominees through the sound categories vying for their first victory. Among them are stalwarts Wylie Stateman (“Deepwater Horizon”) on bid #8, Greg P. Russell (“13 Hours”) on #17, and perpetual bridesmaid Kevin O’Connell (“Hacksaw Ridge”), competing for the 21st time.
Stars nominated for producing
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