11 things you didn’t know about the 2017 Oscars nominees

11 things you didn’t know about the 2017 Oscars nominees

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Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in Fences.
Photo: Paramount Pictures

This year’s Academy Award nominations won’t lead to a third year of #OscarsSoWhite outcry (although minorities other than black men still aren’t proportionately represented), but it has created headlines for other, happier reasons.

  • With 14 nominations, La La Land tied the record held by All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997). It will need to win at least 11 of those to equal the record for most Oscars won by a single film shared by Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
     
  • Meryl Streep broke the record for most Oscar nominations with her 20th nod for playing the title character in Florence Foster Jenkins. She already has three awards. If she wins, she’ll match Katherine Hepburn’s record for most acting Oscars. The previous nominations record holder? Oh, still Meryl! #clearlyoverrated

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  • Matt Damon, who earned a nod as a producer of Manchester by the Sea, became only the third person to get nominations in the acting, writing and best picture categories. The others are Warren Beatty and George Clooney.
     
  • Denzel Washington, who starred in, directed and co-produced Fences, becomes the seventh person to receive acting and best picture nominations for the same film, joining Warren Beatty, Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper.
     
  • Dev Patel is only the third person of Indian heritage ever to be nominated for an acting Oscar. The others were Sir Ben Kingsley for House of Sand and Fog in 2004, and Merle Oberon for The Dark Angel – all the way back in 1935.

    Ryan Gosling (left) and Emma Stone wows in La La Land.
    Photo: Lionsgate
    •  La La Land became the first musical with original music and story to receive a best picture nomination since All That Jazz (1979) and the second since Anchors Aweigh (1945).
       
    • Viola Davies has become the first black woman to receive three Oscar nominations, earning a nod for supporting actress for her role in Washington’s Fences.
       
    • If Lin-Manual Miranda wins the Oscar for best original song – How Far I’ll Go from Disney’s Moana – he’ll become only the 13th individual, and youngest so far, to becoming an EGOT holder: someone who has received Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. He will also become only the 11th Hispanic-American to receive an award in any Oscar category.

    Diversity in film, especially where Asian actors are concerned, matters


    • Foreign language nominee Tanna is Australia’s first ever in that category. It is particularly of note because the cast is made up almost entirely of residents of a village in Vanuatu, none of whom had ever even seen a film before the directors approached them!
       
    • The documentary O.J.: Made in America, with a running time of 7 hours and 47 minutes, became the longest film ever nominated for an Academy Award.
       
    • Kevin O’Connell (Hacksaw Ridge) and Andy Nelson (La La Land), each with 21 nominations for sound mixing, were tied for the most nominations in the category since nominations starting being awarded to individuals in 1961.

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