×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

OSCARS: Odds and ends from the nominations

In Thursday’s unveiling of the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards, there are milestones, both big and small, and noteworthy bits of biz history. Among them:

• The supporting actor category marks the first time in Oscar history when all nominees in an acting race were previous winners. The runner-up year was 2002, when four of the five lead actor nominees (Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson) were all previous winners; first-timer Adrien Brody eventually won that year for “The Pianist.”

• All five directing nominees were also cited in other categories: Michael Haneke, David O. Russell and Benh Zeitlin in the script races, and Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg as producers. Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy share the record for most best-picture producer noms, with eight apiece.

• Among the other dual contenders this year: Mark Boal, producer and writer of “Zero Dark Thirty”; Mychael Danna, music score and song, “Life of Pi”; William Goldenberg, editing for “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” (shared with Dylan Tichenor). Nicole Kidman and Maggie Smith, who each received two Golden Globes nominations (one for film, the other for TV), came up empty at the Oscars.

• Seven of the nine best-pic contenders bowed in November or December. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” launched in June, and “Argo” in October.

• George Clooney is nommed as a producer of “Argo,” meaning he matches Warren Beatty’s record of noms in the picture, directing, writing and acting categories.

• “Amour” is the fifth film to be nominated for both best picture and foreign-lingo film. The others were “Z,” “The Emigrants,” “Life is Beautiful” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” None has ever swept.

• In the sound categories, Greg P. Russell earned his 16th career nom for “Skyfall,” while Andy Nelson scored his 17th and 18th noms (for “Les Miserables” and “Lincoln”).

• Eiko Ishioka earned a posthumous nom for costume design of “Mirror Mirror.” Ishioka, who died Jan. 21, won for the 1992 pic “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.”

• Eight of nine best picture nominees had a running time of at least two hours, the exception being “Beasts of the Southern Wild” at 1:31. The average running time of the best picture nominees was 2:14.

• A project starring Matthias Schoenaerts was nominated for an Oscar, but it wasn’t “Rust and Bone.” It was live-action short “Death of a Shadow.”

More Film

  • International Film Festival and Awards Macao

    Macao Festival Signs Double Deals With Shanghai

    The International Film Festival & Awards Macao on Sunday signed twin agreements with institutions in Shanghai. The IFFAM, which is building towards its fourth edition in December, struck a collaboration agreement with the Shanghai International Film Festival. Separately, it is solidifying an existing informal arrangement with the Shanghai Film Art Academy concerning an exchange of [...]

  • wanda Movie Metropolis Qingdao

    Why Simon West Is Making Movies in China (EXCLUSIVE)

    British director Simon West (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” “Con Air,” “The Expendables 2”) is set to dive further into the Middle Kingdom at the helm of his second Chinese action-adventure blockbuster. The Wanda-backed “The Legend Hunters,” hits theaters next summer. West was brought onto the project by veteran producer Eryong, who had approached him about [...]

  • The Eight Hundred

    Chinese Research Group May Have Caused Cancellation of 'The Eight Hundred' Premiere

    Chinese authorities may have abruptly yanked the $80 million patriotic war epic “The Eight Hundred” the day before its opening-night premiere at the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival because it didn’t portray rivals of the ruling Communist Party in a sufficiently negative light, local reports said. Huayi Bros., which produced the film, had on Friday attributed [...]

  • Simon West

    Simon West Directing Chinese Tomb-Raid Movie 'Legend Hunters' (EXCLUSIVE)

    British director Simon West, who made the Angelina Jolie-starring “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” is now co-directing a Chinese tomb-raiding film. “The Legend Hunters” is the next installment in the “Mojin” universe, based on the popular fantasy novel series “Ghost Blows Out the Light.” Backed by Wanda Pictures and Beijing-based Saints Entertainment, the film is set [...]

  • Emu Runner

    Sydney Film Review: 'Emu Runner'

    Writer-director Imogen Thomas’ debut feature “Emu Runner” has and probably will play in designated family-themed strands of film festivals, and given its story of a 9-year-old Aboriginal girl who deals with grief in the wake of her mother’s death by bonding with a lone female representative of Australia’s largest native bird species, this programming strategy [...]

  • Sophia Antipolis

    Locarno in Los Angeles Film Review: 'Sophia Antipolis'

    There are two Sophias in French director Virgil Vernier’s clever, cunning, chilling fifth feature. The first is its setting, the eponymous “Sophia Antipolis,” a technology park in the south of France, a place self-consciously designed as an experiment in social engineering, where an international community of professionals would, it was hoped, create an environment of [...]

  • I Lost My Body

    Netflix Pickup ‘I Lost My Body,’ ‘Buñuel,’ ‘Away’ Top Annecy Festival

    ANNECY, France  — Fulfilling expectations, Jeremy Clapin’s “I Lost My Body, the subject of one of the highest-profile Netflix deals at this year’s Cannes, won this Saturday the Annecy Festival’s top Cristal Award of best feature plus, in a relatively rare Annecy double whammy, the festival’s Audience Award. The first was expected, the second a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content