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LUCKY 11?: Of the 20 films that have received 11 nominations, the ones that took home the most trophies are:

  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of Kings” (2003), 11 awards
  • “West Side Story” (1961) 10 awards
  • Tie: “Gandhi” (1982), “Amadeus” (1984), 8 awards each
  • “Out of Africa” (1985), 7 awards
  • “The Godfather, Part II” (1974), 6 awards
    Two films with 11 nominations were shut out: “The Turning Point” (1977) and “The Color Purple” (1985). Of the 23 films with more than 11 noms, none went home empty-handed.

    DOUBLE THREAT: Jamie Foxx becomes the 10th person nominated in two acting categories in the same year; he is only the third man to accomplish the feat. Three past noms went home empty-handed; no-one has won twice in the same year:

  • Fay Bainter (1938) — “White Banners,” actress nom; “Jezebel,” supporting actress win
  • Teresa Wright (1942) — “The Pride of the Yankees,” actress nom; “Mrs. Miniver,” supporting actress win
  • Barry Fitzgerald (1944) — “Going My Way,” actor nom, supporting actor win (rules were subsequently changed to prevent noms for the same perf in two categories)
  • Jessica Lange (1982) — “Frances,” actress nom; “Tootsie,” supporting actress win
  • Sigourney Weaver (1988) — “Gorillas in the Mist,” actress nom; “Working Girl,” supporting actress nom
  • Al Pacino (1992) — “Scent of a Woman,” actor win; “Glengarry Glen Ross,” supporting actor nom
  • Holly Hunter (1993) — “The Piano,” actress win; “The Firm,” supporting actress nom
  • Emma Thompson (1993) — “The Remains of the Day,” actress nom; “In the Name of the Father,” supporting actress nom
  • Julianne Moore (2002) — “Far From Heaven,” actress nom; “The Hours,” supporting actress nom

    RISING ODDS: Martin Scorsese’s odds of winning a director Oscar improve with his fifth nomination, for “The Aviator.” Sixty percent of five-time direcing noms have won, up from 44% for four-time noms. Six directors have more than five noms and each has at least one victory.
    SPLITTING UP: The frequency at which the director of the picture honoree does not take home the helming statue seems to be picking up in the 21st century, with the categories splitting in 2000 and 2002. That compares with one split in the 1990s, two in the ’80s, one in the ’70s and one in the ’60s.

    GRAND SLAMS: “Million Dollar Baby” has the potential to become only the fourth film to receive Oscars for picture, director, actor, actress and writing, a feat previously achieved by three films:

  • “It Happened One Night” (1934) — Clark Gable (actor), Claudette Colbert (actress), Frank Capra (director), Robert Riskin (adapted screenplay)
  • “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) — Jack Nicholson (actor), Louise Fletcher (actress), Milos Forman (director), Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman (adapted screenplay)
  • “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) — Anthony Hopkins (actor), Jodie Foster (actress), Jonathan Demme (director), Ted Tally (adapted screenplay)

    DUAL ROLES: Four awards have been given to directors for acting in their own films: Charlie Chaplin received a special trophy at the first Oscars for “The Circus”; Laurence Olivier also received a special award for “Henry V” in 1946. Olivier took home the actor kudo for “Hamlet” in 1948 and Roberto Benigni did it in 1998 for “Life Is Beautiful.”

    OSCARS CO-STARS: Films that won both the actor and actress categories:

  • “It Happened One Night” (1934) –Gable, Colbert
  • “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) –Nicholson, Fletcher
  • “Network” (1976) — Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway
  • “Coming Home” (1978) — Jon Voight, Jane Fonda
  • “On Golden Pond” (1981) — Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn
  • “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) –Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster
  • “As Good as it Gets” (1997) — Nicholson, Hunt

    PERFECT RECORDS: Films that won all categories they were nommed in (minimum of four)

  • “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003), 11 wins
  • “Gigi” (1958), 9 wins
  • “The Last Emperor” (1987), 9 wins
  • “It Happened One Night” (1934), 5 wins
  • “The Matrix” (1999), 4 wins.
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