Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oscar trivia bonanza

One of my tasks at work today is to compile a list of facts about potential Oscars nominees in the four main categories. It's for internal use only (for the 20 or so stories we'll write on the Oscar shortlist after its announced in - eeeek - forty minutes) but I thought you might like a look.

Sorry it's so text heavy, but there's no way I have time to cut and upload pictures right now.

::Martin Scorsese has been nominated in this category five times, but never won.
::Scorsese was beaten by fellow-nominee Clint Eastwood in 2005, when Million Dollar Baby triumphed over The Aviator.
::Clint Eastwood has won best director twice, for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. On both occasions, the film also won best picture.
::The Queen director Stephen Frears was Oscar-nominated for Grifters in 1990.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has never before received an Oscar nod.
::Inarritu was named best director at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival for Babel, but the film lost on the Palme d’Or to Wind That Shakes The Barley

::Babel won the Golden Globe for best film, and features six different languages – including Spanish, Japanese and Arabic.
::Letters From Iwo Jima has won best film at the influential Los Angeles Critics and National Board of Review awards.
::Only seven foreign language films have ever been nominated for best film – the most recent being Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000. None have ever gone on to win best picture.
::Dreamgirls has been tipped for a nomination because many felt last year’s Oscars ceremony was too serious.
::The last musical to take home the best picture award was Chicago in 2002.

::Forest Whitaker has been named best actor by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and received a Golden Globe from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
::He is also nominated for the Baftas and the Screen Actors Guild awards.
::Whitaker has never received an Oscar nomination before, but he was shortlisted for worst supporting actor in 2002’s Razzies for his role in John Travolta’s sci-fi epic Battlefield Earth.
::Leonardo DiCaprio has been Oscar-nominated twice before, for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in 1994 and The Aviator 2005. Like his mentor, Martin Scorsese, he has never won.
::Although he is just 32, DiCaprio would not be the youngest actor to take home a best actor trophy. That honour goes to Adrian Brody, who was 29 when he won for The Pianist in 2002.
::If DiCaprio gets nominated for both best actor and best supporting actor, it won’t be the first time. In 1944, Barry Fitzgerald was named in both categories for the same performance in Going My Way. As a result, the Academy changed their rules.
Other stars to be nominated twice in the same year include Sigourney Weaver (for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl in 1988) and Jamie Foxx (for Ray and Collateral in 2004).
::Peter O’Toole received his first nomination in 1963 for Lawrence of Arabia. Despite six further nominations, his first Oscar was an honorary award in 2003.
::Will Smith previously received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Mohammed Ali in 2002.

::With The Queen, Helen Mirren receives her first Oscar nomination as a leading lady. Her previous nominations, for Gosford Park and The Madness of King George, have both been for supporting roles.
::Mirren has already picked up at least eight awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II. She received the awards at the the Golden Globes, the Los Angeles Critics awards, the New York Critics awards, the British Independent Film Awards and by the National Board of Review, the Toronto Film Critics Association, the London Film Critics Circle and the Venice Film Festival.
::Penelope Cruz receives her first ever Oscar nomination for Volver.
::Cruz’s nomination for a foreign language film is not unusual. Catalina Sandino Moreno was nominated for Maria Full of Grace three years ago, while Salma Hayek was nominated for Frida in 2002.
::The last person to win an acting Oscar for a foreign language film was Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful in 1997.
::Kate Winslet makes the shortlist for the fifth time in her career, but she has never won.
::Dame Judi Dench receives her second nomination in as many years for Notes on a Scandal. She was shortlisted for Mrs Henderson Presents in 2006.
It is her sixth nomination – but she has only won once, for 1998’s Shakespeare in Love.
::Meryl Streep extends her lead as the actress with the most nominations ever. Her tally now extends to 14 nominations and two wins. Her closest competitor is Katharine Hepburn, on 12 nominations.

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