Oscars 2014: 10 things you didn't know about this year's nominees
It's Oscar time again and we're taking a moment away from the 'will Leonardo DiCaprio finally win his Oscar' discussions to bring you these fun facts only a true movie buff would know.
1. American Hustle, directed by David O Russell and starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, leads the pack this year with 10 nominations, including the Big Five - Best Director and all four acting categories. It's the 42nd film to have scored the Big Five nominations and the 15th to have four acting nods. Other films to have scored the Big Five include A Streetcar Named Desire, From Here To Eternity, Sunset Boulevard, Bonnie And Clyde and last year's Silver Linings Playbook also directed by David O Russell which makes him the first director to have directed two consecutive Big Five movies.
2. Megan Ellison, producer of Her and American Hustle, is the first woman and only the third person ever to bag two Best Picture nominations in the same year.
3. American Hustle star Jennifer Lawrence is the youngest actress ever to have landed three acting nominations by the age of 23, a record previously held by Mrs Miniver star Teresa Wright. Jennifer was up for Best Actress for Winter's Bone in 2011, won Best Actress last year for Silver Linings Playbook and is up for Best Supporting Actress this year. If Jennifer wins, she'll become the third actress to win consecutive awards and the youngest person ever to win two acting awards.
4. While Jennifer is on a roll, Amy Adams hasn't been that lucky. The American Hustle star is the only Best Actress nominee this year who hasn't won an Oscar yet. Cate Blanchett won Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator, Sandra Bullock won Best Actress for The Blind Side, Dame Judi Dench won Best Supporting Actress for Shakespeare In Love and the formidable Meryl Streep has three little golden men.
5. Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep has broken her own record for most nominations ever received by an actor. Her grand total is 18. She has, so far, won Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs Kramer and Best Actress for Sophie's Choice and The Iron Lady.
6. If June Squibb wins Best Supporting Actress for Nebraska, she will be the oldest-ever actress, at 84, to do so. And if Bruce Dern, 77, wins he will be the oldest-ever Best Actor, displacing Henry Fonda who won Best Actor for On Golden Pond aged 76.
7. If Frozen composer Bobby Lopez wins an Oscar for Let It Go, he'll be the 12th person ever and the youngest to scoop the prestigious EGOT - Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
8. If the Best Actress category is crowded with previous winners, the five Best Actor hopefuls have a single Oscar between them. Christian Bale, up for American Hustle, won Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter. Of the other four nominees, two - Leonardo DiCaprio and Bruce Dern - have been nominees before and two - Matthew McConaughey and Chiwetel Ejiofor - are first time nominees.
9. Of the 20 acting nominees, eight are first-timers: Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey, Barkhad Abdi, Jared Leto, Sally Hawkins and June Squibb. Also, Alfonso Cuaron got his first directing nod this year for Gravity. Of the previous winners nominated again this year, Christian Bale won his Oscar the first time he was nominated.
10. Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street fetched him is his eighth Best Director nomination. This is the second highest for any director, a tie with Billy Wilder. The most nominated director is William Wyler who had 12 nods, winning for Mrs Miniver, The Best Years Of Our Lives and Ben-Hur.