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Countdown to Oscars

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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BREAKING DOWN TODAY’S OSCAR NODS: KEY STATS, INCLUSIONS, AND SNUBS

  • No film has won best picture without having garnered a best adapted screenplay or best original screenplay nomination since “Titanic” (1997). Therefore, it is highly likely that the eventual best picture winner will not be: “Black Swan.”
  • Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) becomes just the 7th female producer to be solely nominated for best picture. (All other female producers were co-nominees.)
  • Toy Story 3” becomes the 3rd animated film to be nominated for best picture.
    • The others were: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), in the era of 5 best picture nominees, and “Up” (2009), in the era of 10 best picture nominees.
  • Amy Adams and Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) become the 32nd set of co-stars to be nominated in the best supporting actress category.
    • In only 10 prior instances (32%) did one win the award over the other(s).
  • This year, for the first time since 2000, there is not a single person of color among the acting and directing nominees.
  • Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”) has given only the 34th performance delivered largely or entirely in a foreign language (Spanish, in his case) to be nominated for an acting Oscar.
    • Bardem also gave one of the prior 33, a decade ago, in “Before Night Falls” (2003), for which he also received a best actor nod.
  • Mike Leigh (“Another Year”) receives his fifth best original screenplay nomination — despite the fact that he has never actually written a screenplay!
    • As Leigh explained to me, “That’s just a question of me sitting down with a DVD and writing it down on paper after the film’s completely finished.”

Photo: Mo’Nique and Tom Sherak announce the nominees. Credit: ABC News.

  • Xtc

    CORRECTION: No film has won best picture without having garnered a best director nomination since “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989). Therefore, it is highly likely that the eventual best picture winner will be one of the following films: “The Social Network,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Fighter,” “Black Swan,” or “True Grit” (and not “Inception“).

  • Macwhat

    “Rose DeWitt Butaker in “Titanic” (1997)”—- how is this character winning an Oscar for more than one actor?

    • Anonymous

      Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart both played her.

      • Macwhat

        Wow, that is really a fine double-barrelled trivia question and answer.

  • ljdean

    “Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”) makes Rooster Cogburn the 16th character to earn more than one person an Oscar nod
    “CORRECTION – What about Henry II in “Becket” and “The Lion in Winter” both times played by Peter O’Toole ?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=704416981 Peter Anthony Ryan

    Wouldn’t Colin Firth be the 27th person to earn two consecutive Best Actor nominations since his name comes after Jeff Bridges, who also managed to do it this year?

  • Lilacismycolor

    scott, i think eisenberg is one of the youngest best oscar nominee now.

  • http://twitter.com/Iron_Knight Manuel Ochoa

    Scott, in the list of actors with at least two consecutive Best Actor nominations, you have Colin Firth, but there’s Jeff Bridges too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_662RNLZHHCXZJRTU5UCQIBEO3Y Tursunai

    I agree with you in regarding to “Alice in Wonderland” snub in Best make-up and Best original score nominees

    • Rungirlsl

      What a joke that Alice wasn’t nominated for best makeup. It just proves that the Academy Awards are nothing but a popularity contest and has little to do with true talent.

  • Din371

    lost respect of the OSCAR after awarding Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry as BEST ACTRESS…..

  • Yvette

    So happy for Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Croeneweth for best cinematography! I have to admit I was happy Mila Kunis was left off.

  • exackerly

    I’m wondering if Social Network wasn’t released a little bit too early — has it run out of steam already? It seems like the kind of picture that everybody talks about for a couple of weeks, then after they’ve talked about it, they move on to another topic. Also, it’s not a “feel good” picture, more like a “what am I supposed to be feeling?” picture.

    Whereas the King’s Speech is a classic Oscar pic, with great production values in every department. And no question that it makes people feel good.

    Just speculating…

    • exackerly

      And PS the lack of supporting actor nominations for Social Network is not a good sign. Especially considering Jesse Eisenberg is a real long shot in his category.

  • http://twitter.com/Cine_Capsulas Gustavo H. Razera

    What is wrong with HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS being an Oscar nominee? In case you’ve been away from Earth for the past 3 months, the film garnered mostly positive reviews from the critics and audiences alike. Do not confuse it with Razzie-worthy stuff.

  • Crimmel

    I feel like Somewhere is one of those iconic films people will look back on and see it in a completely different way than the people of the time.

  • Scott

    Pacino was nominated for Best Actor in 1973, 1974 and 1975 (streak omitted from your article)

    • http://www.scottfeinberg.com Scott Feinberg

      Thanks for pointing out that omission — because that streak of his began with a supporting nod in 1972, I overlooked it — it’s now been corrected above though!