18 Interesting Facts You Need to Know About the 2015 Oscar Nominees
By Stacy Lambe; Video produced by Rebecca Zamer
Did you know that Meryl Streep landed her record 19th Academy Award nomination for Into the Woods when the contenders were announced? That’s just one of the many facts and pieces of trivia you need to know about this year’s pool of nominees vying for Oscar gold.
1. Meryl Streep picked up her 19th nomination. Her nod for Into the Woods is the most for any actor, male or any female. Jack Nicholson follows with 12 total nominations.
2. Bradley Cooper earned his third consecutive nomination for American Sniper. He was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actor for American Hustle (2014) and Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook (2013). He’s now one nomination away from tying Marlon Brando for the most consecutive acting noms.
3. Speaking of Cooper, he’s actually nominated twice. He’s one of the producers of American Sniper, which was nominated for Best Picture.
4. Alexandra Desplat is also a double nominee, but in the same category. The composer was nominated twice for Best Original Score for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game. The last person to pull off such an achievement was Steven Soderbergh who was nominated for Best Director for Erin Brockovich and Traffic in 2000.
5. Edward Norton stars in two of the Best Picture nominees, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He’s also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Birdman.
6. Only four other actors appear in nominated films. They are Reese Witherspoon (Inherent Vice, Wild), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies), Mark Ruffalo (Begin Again, Foxcatcher), and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, The LEGO Movie). Though, none of their films are up for the main award.
7. Diane Warren earned her 7th Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. If she loses she will be 0 for 7, continuing her losing streak.
8. Common and John Legend became the fifth hip-hop act to ever be nominated for Best Original Song. They follow Eminem, M.I.A., Pharrell, and Three 6 Mafia.
9. Nominees Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois are probably more recognizable for their past. The Best Original Song contenders were members of the late-‘90s alternative band, New Radicals. While Brisebois played Stephanie Mills on All in the Family before joining the band.They are nominated for writing "Lost Stars" for Begin Again.
10. Not a single winner from the 2014 Oscars was nominated this year. Though, Matthew McConaughey was the only winner with a notable contender (Interstellar). However, several losers, including Desplat, producer Scott Rudin, and Streep, were nominated again.
11. None of this year’s nominees picked up the big five (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay). The last film to be nominated for all five was American Hustle. And the last film to win all five was The Silence of the Lambs.
12. Estonia and Mauritania earned first-ever Foreign Language nominations. Their competitors were nominated multiple times before: Argentina (6), Poland (9), Russia (5).
13. How to Train Your Dragon became the first franchise to have all its films nominated for Best Animated Feature. Only one sequel (Toy Story 3) has ever won the award.
14. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) picked up his first-ever Best Director nomination. His previous nominations were for Best Original Screenplay (Moon Rise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums) and Best Animated Feature (Fantastic Mr. Fox).
15. Three Best Picture nominees were featured on the Black List. The annual survey of buzzy, unproduced screenplays, included American Sniper, The Imitation Game, and Whiplash. Foxcatcher, which is up for several awards, was also featured on the Black List.
16. Boyhood star Ellar Coltrane wasn’t even born when director Richard Linklater released Dazed and Confused. The seminal 1993 film went on to produce three Oscar winners (Ben Affleck, McConaughey, and Renee Zellweger). Coltrane, who was born in 1994, was only seven years old when Boyhood first started production. (He’s currently 20 years old.)
17. Speaking of Boyhood, despite being filmed over 12 years, it only took 39 days to complete.
18. Laura Dern is only nine years older than Reese Witherspoon. Dern, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, plays Witherspoon's mother in Wild. Witherspoon was also nominated for Best Actress.
The Oscars will be handed out live at the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and televised on ABC. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.