Oscar Tidbits II

Answers to possible trivia questions

  • This is the second consecutive year that a musical was nominated for best pic. The last time that happened: 1971 and ’72, with “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Cabaret” (latter, coincidentally, another Kander & Ebb musical.)

  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” is only the fourth sequel ever nommed for best pic, after “The Bells of St. Mary’s” and the two followups to “The Godfather.”

  • Jack Nicholson earns his 12th acting bid, tying him with Katharine Hepburn. With her nom, Meryl Streep becomes the all-time champ, with 13.

  • John C. Reilly has the distinction of appearing in three best-pic contenders: “Chicago,” “The Hours” and “Gangs of New York.”

  • Despite noms for past pseudonyms and blacklist-era “fronts,” this is the first time a fictitious person was nominated: Donald Kaufman (“Adaptation” screenplay). If “they” win, the Kaufmans will share one statuette.

  • Elmer Bernstein earned his 14th bid; the composer, who last won in 1967, has been nominated in each of six decades, starting in the 1950s.

  • John Williams earned his 42nd nom, maintaining his record as the most-nominated living person. (Walt Disney still holds the record, with 64.)

  • Sound maven Kevin O’Connell (“Spider-Man”) scored his 16th bid. He had been tied with two other individuals for the most noms (15) without a win. This year, he will either join the winner’s circle or be in a class by himself.

  • Two foreign-language scripts are competing in the original screenplay category, the first time that’s occurred since 1976.

  • Conrad L. Hall is the first posthumous nominee since 1995, when producer Mario Cecchi Gori and actor-thesp Massimo Troisi were cited.

  • Buena Vista nabbed three of the five slots for animated feature film, the second year for that category.
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