Oscar oddities

Notable facts of 2006 noms

The noms provided some notable facts.

  • George Clooney is a triple nominee — the first person to ever be nominated as director and actor for separate films in the same year, and also scored as co-writer.

  • Other multiple nominees include Paul Haggis, Grant Heslov, Diana Ossana, Steven Spielberg and John Williams.

  • Paul Haggis has produced two bigscreen titles, both Oscar contenders: “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash.” (Since the Academy has a limit on the number of producers, only Albert S. Ruddy and Tom Rosenberg were in Oscar’s winners circle as “Baby” producers.)

  • John Williams earned his 44th and 45th noms for scoring, tying Alfred Newman in that race. The all-time record is still Walt Disney, with 59.

  • Sound maven Kevin O’Connell scores his 18th nom for “Memoirs of a Geisha,” furthering his singular feat of being Oscar’s most nominated non-winner so far.

  • “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” distribbed by DreamWorks domestically, and Warner Bros.’ “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” become the first stop-motion contenders in the five-year-old animated feature race.

  • With “Joyeux Noel,” France earns its 34th Oscar nom. It has won nine times.

  • Stephen Gaghan was nominated for original screenplay for “Syriana,” though the WGA had nommed it as an adaptation.

  • Woody Allen scores his 14th nom in the writing race with “Match Point,” giving him the record in that race. (He also has seven other bids.)

  • Following “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Ang Lee becomes the second person (after Lasse Hallstrom) to be nommed as director in two languages.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety