With his farewell film, three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis could break the record for most wins by an actor while Meryl Streep, who just extended her nominations record with bid #21, could match the achievement of four-time winner Katharine Hepburn.
Below, we offer up 13 more facts, stats, and figures regarding this year’s Academy Awards nominees announced on Jan. 23. Winners of the 24 competitive races at the Oscars will be revealed on March 4 during a live telecast on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
“The Shape of Water” is the tenth film in Oscar history to earn 13 nominations. The current record of 14 nominations is held by three films, “All about Eve” (1951), “Titanic” (1998) and “La La Land” (2017)
Best Actor mainstay
With his sixth Best Actor Oscar nomination, Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”) is now tied with Richard Burton for recognition in the category. Should he return from his retirement, he will need four more nominations to break Sir Laurence Olivier‘s record of nine.
Nearly making Best Actor history
At age 22, Timothee Chalamet marks the third-youngest Best Actor nominee in Oscar history, trailing only the nine-year-old Jackie Cooper (“Skippy”) and 19-year-old Mickey Rooney (“Babes in Arms”).
Could nearly make Best Actress history
While Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) is not, at age 23, one of the all-time youngest nominees in Best Actress, she would be the fourth-youngest winner after 21-year-old Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”) and 22-year-olds Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Janet Gaynor (“7th Heaven”; “Street Angel”; and “Sunrise”).
Shattering a record
At age 88, Best Supporting Actor nominee Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”) is the all-time oldest acting Oscar nominee, a record previously held by the 87-year-old Gloria Stuart (“Titanic”).
First time since “Bugsy”
Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) are nominees this year in Best Supporting Actor, the first time a duo from the same picture has graced this category since Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley contended for “Bugsy” (1991).
Best Supporting Actress favorite
Octavia Spencer‘s nomination for “The Shape of Water” makes her the first performer to earn three Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations in a single decade since Cate Blanchett did so in the 2000s.
First time is the charm
Jordan Peele is the third person to earn Best Picture, Directing and Writing bids for his debut feature film as a director. Warren Beatty did so with “Heaven Can Wait” (1979), followed by James L. Brooks with “Terms of Endearment (1984). (Beatty shared the Directing and Writing nominations with Buck Henry.)
Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”)’s Best Director Oscar nomination makes him the fifth Latino filmmaker – after Hector Babenco, Fernando Meirelles, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron – to earn recognition in the category. Best Director nominee Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) is following in the footsteps of past female nominees Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow. And Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), the fifth African-American Best Director nominee, after John Singleton, Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen and Barry Jenkins.
Emmy favorites at the Oscars
Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) are the fourth and fifth Comedy Supporting Actress Emmy winners to earn Oscar nominations, following in the footsteps of Cloris Leachman (“The Last Picture Show”); Carol Kane (“Hester Street”); and Eileen Brennan (“Private Benjamin”).
Making history for screenwriting
With her Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, Dee Rees (“Mudbound”) is the first African-American woman recognized in the category. Over in Best Original Screenplay, Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) is hoping to make some Oscar history as the first African-American winner in that category.
All alone on Oscar night
Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”); Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”); and Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”); represent the sole Oscar nominations for their films.
Back for more
Only three of last year’s Oscar acting nominees are up for recognition this year – Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”), nominated last year for “Fences”; Meryl Streep (“The Post”), last year a nominee for “Florence Foster Jenkins”; and Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”), recognized last year for “Hidden Figures.”
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