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This is the second time all three films in a series were nominated for best picture: “The Godfather” trilogy in 1972, ’74 and ’90, and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy in 2001, ’02 and ’03.

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Sofia Coppola is the first American woman to be nominated in the directing category. Other nominated female directors are Lina Wertmuller (Italy) for “Seven Beauties” (1976) and Jane Campion (New Zealand) for “The Piano” (1993).

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Keisha Castle-Hughes, at 13, is the youngest actress nominee to date. Isabelle Adjani was 20 when she was nominated in 1975 for “The Story of Adele H.”

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Diane Keaton has now received one acting nomination in each of four successive decades.

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Three of the five actress nominees (Keisha Castle-Hughes, Diane Keaton, Charlize Theron) are from films directed by women.

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Renee Zellweger is the only one of the 20 acting nominees to have been nominated last year. However, five of the acting nominees this year are previous Oscar winners.

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“City of God” is the first film to benefit from a 1999 rule change that allows pictures entered in the foreign-language category in a given year, and not nominated, to compete in other categories the succeeding year if they have their first U.S. release in that year.

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Anna Behlmer, the only woman ever nominated in sound, scored twice this year, with “Seabiscuit” and “The Last Samurai.”

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