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Those who are into the award-season hype are in the Oscars limbo period between nominations and the ceremony on February 26. While you wait, enjoy these 10 mostly useless but rather interesting facts about the Academy Awards.
1 With 14 nominations, La La Land ties the record held by All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997). Titanic won 11 awards, tying it for the most awarded film with Ben Hur (1959) and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003).
2 Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer with her 20th nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins. She earned her first acting nomination for The Deer Hunter (1978) and last win for The Iron Lady (2011).
3 With a running time of 7 hours 47 minutes, best documentary feature nominee O.J.: Made in America is the longest film ever nominated for an Academy Award.
4 Best foreign film nominee Tanna is Australia’s first in the category.
5 Kubo and the Two Strings is the second fully animated film to be nominated in the visual effects category. The first was The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), which lost to Jurassic Park.
6 Thomas Newman’s best original score nomination for Passengers is his 14th, and brings the total for members of the Newman family (Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy) to 90, more than any other family. Thomas Newman has yet to win, making him the most nominated living composer to have never won an Oscar.
7 La La Land is the first musical with original music and story to receive a best picture nomination since All That Jazz (1979).
8 Joi McMillon, who edited Moonlight with Nat Sanders, is the first African-American woman to ever be nominated for film editing.
9 If he wins, Damien Chazelle will be the youngest best director winner in history at 32 years old. He is not the youngest best director nominee in history – that honour goes to John Singleton, who was only 24 when he was nominated for Boyz n the Hood (1991). He lost to Jonathan Demme for The Silence of the Lambs.
10 With their nomination for sound editing, La La Land’s Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan become the first female team nominated in the category.
Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), Kubo (Art Parkinson), and Monkey (Charlize Theron) in Kubo and the Two Strings.