The Academy Award nominations are out for last years films and a few interesting things show up. First, you can find the nominations listed here if you've yet to see them. Some surprises with Christian Bale and Sally Hawkins perhaps and certainly disappointment in the homes of Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Emma Thompson, not to mention the Coen Bros. compound (is there such a thing? I'd like to think so...with a wood chipper, stolen diapers and a rug that ties it all together.)
A few things stick out to me initially. This is the first nomination for Matthew McConaughey and Michael Fassbender which actually surprised me on both counts considering how much I tend to follow these things. Too many great performances from both. It's about time. And speaking of that, this is the first nomination since 1978 for Bruce Dern and only his 2nd overall. He has never won.
For actresses, Meryl Streep continues to build what will likely be an unbroken record for most nominations for any actor with her 18th nomination. As well, the Best Actress race highlights an interesting situation. All five women have been nominated before but only Amy Adams lacks a win. The rest have at least one trophy. Further, this year brings Amy Adams into an elite list - 5 nominations. And an even more elite list may follow - those who have been nominated 5 times without a win.
The five or more nomination history I've looked at before and you can read that here if you wish. Some additions are likely warranted, though only Kate Winslet would alter the following. Five nominations is a bit magical in that it is rare to have not won by that point and even more rare to miss on the 5th time. Only 12 people so far have endured such a fate. She could be the 13th should she lose this year. To see that truly elite company, consider this:
- 5 Nominations with no wins: Irene Dunne, Albert Finney & Arthur Kennedy
- 6 Nominations with a win on the 6th: Kate Winslet
- 6 Nominations with no wins: Glenn Close & Thelma Ritter
- 7 Nominations with a win on the 7th: Paul Newman (he would end with 9 total nominations before his death) & Al Pacino (who was nominated for an additional 8th time the same year and has not had one since)
- 7 Nominations with no wins: Richard Burton & Deborah Kerr
- 8 Nominations with a win on the 8th: Geraldine Page
- 8 Nominations with no wins: The late, great Peter O'Toole
As you can see, that is certainly a special group. Adams should be so lucky though I doubt she would see it that way. Consider that Daniel Day Lewis has only been nominated 5 times and has 3 wins to show for it (only four others can boast that many wins for actors - Katharine Hepburn with 4 and Walter Huston, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep with 3 each.) In fact, even this year Sandra Bulluck has but one nomination, but she won that year for The Blind Side. One can get into the "it's about time" category but many times, these nominations are spread out over a number of years. Adams is still relatively new. She has a great shot, to be sure, as American Hustle seems an Oscar darling this year but she has some heavy competition especially from Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (should she win, it would be her 2nd.)
My look is usually very acting centric but I should also note that Martin Scorsese scored his 8th nomination for directing which puts him in a tie with one of the greats - Billy Wilder. Not bad. At least he finally got his win already, even if later than it should have been.
I will try to do a picks post before the awards but since I have not done a big post on that in recent years, I cannot promise anything. But I look forward to this every year. This blog turned 10 years old last year and I've tried to say something on it each year so I will surely endeavor to say something before the awards. That is all.