A nod at 90, a 42-year gap and more Oscar nomination numbers

Streaming HUBJanuary 24, 2023

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A look at the numbers behind Tuesday’s nominations for the 95th Academy Awards.


90: Age of John Williams, nominated for Best Original Score for “The Fablemans”.

The composer’s latest nomination makes him the oldest person ever to be nominated for a competitive Oscar. Director Agnes Varda and screenwriter James Ivory were each 89 when they were nominated in 2017. Williams’ nominations were his 53rd – 48 for the score and five for the original songs – making him second only to Walt Disney. He has won five, though not one since 1994.

42: The years between Oscar nominations for Judd Hirsch.

This breaks a record of 41 years that was long held by Henry Fonda. Hirsch received his first supporting actor nomination for “Ordinary People” in 1981, and after a long career in television he received his second in the same category for “The Fablemans” at age 87.

19: Films on the initial Associated Press list of top 25 films to receive at least one Oscar nomination.

Number 1 on the list, “The Banshees of Inishrin”, received nine nominations. The number 2 “Everything Everywhere at Once” got 11. Those rejected included No. 4 “No” and No. 5 “The Woman King”.

16: First-time nominee in the acting categories.

The 20 people in the four Oscar acting categories range from relatively newcomers like Paul Meskal and Stephanie Hsu to screen veterans like Jamie Lee Curtis and Brendan Gleeson. Those four and 12 others received their first career nominations. All five men were nominated for the first time in the Best Actor category, with all five being nominated repeatedly last year.

14: Career nominations for Diane Warren.

The songwriter remains a nomination machine with her best original song for “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman.” This is the sixth year in a row that he has been nominated. They were first approved in 1987. However, his competitive Oscar count remains zero, and he’s not among the favorites in the mix this year with Rihanna and Lady Gaga. He was at least given an honorary Oscar in November.

13: All-time nominations for Poland for Best International Feature.

With “EO”, the European country continues a particularly strong showing in the international feature category. Poland was in danger of becoming the Diane Warren of nations until ‘Ida’ won in 2014. ‘EO’ is also part of a big year for donkeys in film. The aptly named “The Banshees of Inishrin” and “Triangle of Sadness” also feature the creatures in prominent ways.

9: Career Best Director nomination for Steven Spielberg.

His nod to “The Fablemans” puts him in rare company, but it’s not a record—that goes to William Wyler with 12. Spielberg has won the award twice. He has been nominated 12 times as a producer of a Best Picture nominee, winning once, and received his first nomination as a screenwriter this year for co-writing “The Fablemans” with Tony Kushner.

8: Non-English language films to be nominated for both International Feature and Best Picture.

Germany’s “All Quiet on the Western Front” became the latest to repeat the nomination. All seven of its predecessors have won international feature Oscars, but in 2020 only one, “Parasite,” also won best picture.

7: First non-white actor to receive a nomination.

It was a particularly strong year for actors of Asian descent, receiving a record four nominations: Michelle Yeoh, Ke Hui Quan and Hsu for “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and Hong Chow for “The Whale”.

6: Ways Alfonso Cuarón is nominated for an Oscar.

Few knew that the Oscar perennial behind “Roma” and “Gravity” was Academy Award-worthy this year as well, but he was snubbed in the short film category for “Lupil” after previous nominations as producer, director, editor, writer. Got my first nomination. and cinematographer.

5: Writers are credited for “Top Gun: Maverick”.

With a story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks and a screenplay by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren, there will be a packed stage at the Dolby Theater on March 12 if the nominee pulls off a surprise win in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.

4: Duos in History was nominated for Best Director.

With their nomination for “Denial,” Kwan and Scheinert became the fourth duo to receive the honor with their nomination for “Everything Everywhere at Once”. Two of the last three teams have won. Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise were nominated and won for co-directing the original “West Side Story” in 1962. Joel and Ethan Coen were nominated for and won in 2008 for co-directing “No Country for Old Men,” and received another nomination three years later for “True Grit.” And actor Warren Beatty and screenwriter Buck Henry were jointly nominated for Best Director in 1979 for “Heaven Can Wait.”

3: Best Picture nominee to gross over $100 million at the North American box office.

Blockbusters are back in the running for the Oscars’ top honors, with nominations for “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Avatar: The Way of Water,” and “Elvis” — increasingly dominated by smaller and direct-to-streaming films. Reversing series.

2: Career nomination for Ryan Coogler.

The director of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has joined a rare group to be nominated as a producer for Best Picture — as he was for “Judas and the Black Messiah” in 2020 — and a for Best Original Song Writer — as he was this year for Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up.” Others to pull off this double include Quincy Jones, Spike Jones, Barbra Streisand, and Fran Walsh, who became the only person to win in both categories in 2004 for “The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King.”

1: Lifetime Oscar nomination for blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

The 79-year-old behind “Flashdance,” “Con Air” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” has his first shot at a statuette with a best picture nomination for “Top Gun: Maverick.”

0: Women nominated for Best Director.

After a few years of trend-bucking years with back-to-back wins for women in the category, the Academy has returned to its historical norm of nominating only men for Best Director.


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