Oscars nominations 2013: Academy Award trivia to boost your savvy
By By Gina McIntyre
Jan 22, 2013 | 2:19 PM
The 85th Academy Award nominations certainly managed a few surprises Thursday morning --no nominations for directors Ben Affleck ("Argo") or Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), lots of Oscar warmth for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and Michael Haneke's French-language drama "Amour."
But the nominations announcement also yielded some fun trivia too.
Did you know?
There are four first-time nominees in the lead acting categories: Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables"), Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour") and Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild").
France's Riva, 85, is the oldest lead actress nominee in Academy Awards history; Wallis, 9, is the youngest. Gloria Stuart, who was 87 when she was nominated for her supporting performance in "Titanic," stands as the oldest nominee. The youngest actor to ever be nominated was 8-year-old Justin Henry for "Kramer Vs. Kramer."
Nine of the 20 acting nominees -- Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz, Sally Field and Helen Hunt -- are previous Oscar winners in the acting races.
"Lincoln's" Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg share the record for the most best picture nominations with eight each.
"Amour" is the fifth film to be nominated for both best picture and best foreign film. It joins the ranks of "Z," "The Emigrants," "Life Is Beautiful" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
"Silver Linings Playbook" is the first film with nominations for best picture, director, screenplay and all four acting categories since Warren Beatty's 1981 epic "Reds."
Speaking of Beatty, he and George Clooney are now the only two people to have competitive nominations in the picture, director, screenplay and acting categories. (Clooney is a producer on best picture nominee "Argo.")
John Williams has more nominations than any other living person, with 48. The only person with more is Walt Disney. He had 59. Woody Allen is the runner-up with 23.
Michael Kahn is the most nominated film editor; he receives his eighth nomination this year for "Lincoln."
Thomas Newman earns his 11th nomination with his score for the James Bond film "Skyfall." The Newman family -- Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy -- now have 87 nominations altogether.
Similarly, Roman Coppola, who was nominated with Wes Anderson for their original screenplay for "Moonrise Kingdom," is the sixth member of the Coppola clan to receive a nomination -- he joins Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Talia Shire, Nicolas Cage and Sofia Coppola -- bringing the family total to 24 nominations.