WASHINGTON, March 2, 2014 —The Academy Awards are hours away. Every year after the nominations are announced statisticians and bookies scour the nods to see what “firsts” have been broken.
This year many records books have already been rewritten and more are expected to fall on Sunday night.
Following are a few trivia points to look at before the red carpet is rolled out:
“American Hustles,” Jennifer Lawrence at 23 is the youngest woman to ever receive three acting nominations. If Lawrence wins on Sunday night she will become the youngest person to ever earn two acting Oscars and only the third actress to ever win consecutive acting Academy Awards.
June Squibb, “Nebraska”, would be the oldest Best Supporting Actress at the age of 84 if she prevails, although she trails in age for Best Supporting Actress nominees behind Ruby Dee in “American Gangster” and Gloria Stuart from “Titanic”.
Squibb’s co-star Bruce Dern, 77 would become the oldest Best Actor, winner replacing 76 year old Henry Fonda who won for “On Golden Pond” in 1981.
Bobby Lepez, composer of “Frozen’s” song “Let it Go,” is looking to become the youngest person to ever earn the coveted EGOT, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards, at 39 years of age. Regardless of age, he would only be the 12th person to ever earn all four awards.
Black actors are making a strong showing at this year’s Academy Awards.
“12 Years a Slave” director, Steve McQueen is only the third black director to be nominated for the award and the first black British actor to be nominated in this category.
With his nomination, John Ridley, became only the seventh black writer to earn a best screenplay nomination for “12 Years a Slave”.
There are three black actors nominated for best acting awards in 2014.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is the first black British actor to be nominated for his performance in “12 Years a Slave” and would only be the fourth black actor winner ever in the Best Actor category.
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Philips,” is the second black actor born in Africa to receive a nomination as well as the second black actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for a debut film.
Lupita Nyong’o, is the first black African actress ever to be nominated. Nyong’o is considered a front runner in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in “12 Years a Slave”. Nyong’o has become good friends with oldest nominee June Squibb after Squibb introduced herself by telling the “12 Years a Slave” actress, “We are in this together.”
Eight of the twenty acting nominees this year have never received a nomination before.
The first timers are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey, Barkhad Adbi, Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto, Sally Hawkins, Lupita Nyong’o and June Squibb.
Meryl Streep breaks her own record for the most nominations ever received with her latest Best Supporting Actress nomination, bringing her total to 18. With only three wins, she still trails Katherine Hepburn’s four wins for most successful campaigns.
Best Actress nominee Amy Adams, “American Hustle” is the only actress in that category this year who has never won an Academy Award to date.
“American Hustle” became the 15th film to receive nominations in every acting category, although no film has ever won all four. Coincidentally, director David O. Russell’s last year’s film, “Silver Linings Playbook” had all four nominations last year.
Megan Ellison, producer of “Her” and “American Hustle” is the first woman to ever receive two Best Picture nominations the same year. Two men have done it before her, Francis Ford Coppola and Scott Rudin.
According to Vulture, “Wolf of Wall Street” contains the most profanity of film ever nominated as Best Picture, with the F-word used a record setting 506 times.
“Despicable Me 2” is nominated for Best Animated Feature where its predecessor was not; a first in the category.