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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.

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