From Meryl Streep to Alexandre Desplat: Oscar Oddities and Factoids

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The 87th Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, and with it came a number of oddities, including triple nominees, first-timers and the inevitable extension of the reign of Meryl Streep. Below is a list of factoids from this year’s Academy Award nominations:

-Meryl Streep extended her Oscar record with a 19th nomination, this time for “Into the Woods.” The actors with the runner-up number of noms are Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who have 12 each.

-With “American Sniper,” Bradley Cooper becomes the 22nd actor to earn three consecutive nominations. The last two were Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger. Bette Davis and Greer Garson hold the record, with five consecutives.

-Of the 20 actors in the four acting categories, nine are first-timers: Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Michael Keaton, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons and Emma Stone.

-In the foreign language race, Estonia (“Tangerines”) and Mauritania (“Timbuktu”) earned their first-ever Oscar nominations. It’s the 10th nom for Poland (“Ida”), sixth for Russia (“Leviathan”) and seventh for Argentina (“Wild Tales”).

-Triple nominees: Wes Anderson of “The Grand Budapest Hotel”; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of “Birdman”; and Richard Linklater of “Boyhood” are cited for director, original screenplay and as one of the producers of their films.

-Double nominees: Alexandre Desplat, for his scores on “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game”; Bradley Cooper, also a producer of “Sniper”; Anthony McCarten, adapted screenplay and a producer on “The Theory of Everything”; Anna Pinnock, set decoration on both “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Into the Woods”; Jon Taylor and Frank A. Montano, part of the sound mixing teams on “Birdman” and “Unbroken.”

-This is the first year that all five contenders for music score are not American. Aside from the French Desplat with his two nominations, they are Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar” (Germany); Gary Yershon, “Mr. Turner” (U.K.); Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything” (Iceland).

-“The Imitation Game” is the first produced screenplay of Graham Moore, and marks the bigscreen producing debut of Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky, who are nominated for best picture with Teddy Schwarzman, who earned his first Oscar nom on his fifth feature outing.

-The nom for Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me,” marks the third time in nine years that a song bid came from a documentary. Previous contenders: 2006, Melissa Etheridge’s song from “An Inconvenient Truth” (which won) and 2012 J. Ralph’s tune from “Chasing Ice.”

-Roger Deakins (“Unbroken”) and Colleen Atwood (“Into the Woods”) have earned the most noms of any living person in cinematography and costume design, respectively. He scored his 12th and she has her 11th.