These past 12 months have been a hectic one in Hollywood, while Tom Cruise’s accountants enjoyed what has probably been the best fiscal year of their lives, the news was not so good for “Batgirl” and Chris Rock’s jaw. .
A killer robot named M3GAN, Channing Tatum’s wayward dog, Colin Farrell’s donkey and a cocaine-addicted bear were among the more colorful characters that greeted returning audiences.
Meanwhile, the sheer unpredictability of this awards season has turned this year’s Oscar race into a one of the most exciting and fun that can be remembered, with various winners dividing up the awards at previous awards such as the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.
Here we present 7 of those curious aspects, including rare coincidences and potential new records that could be broken among the nominees this year.
1. “All Quiet Front” Already Won the Best Picture Oscar
The posters of the two film versions of “All Quiet Ahead.” The first won an Oscar in 1930. GETTY IMAGES
Well, to be exact that happened almost a century ago, when the 1930 adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel won the coveted award.
The latest Netflix version is, strictly speaking, a new adaptation of the book and not a revival of the previous movie.
The only other film adaptations that have been nominated for best picture twice are “Mutiny on the Bounty” from 1935 and 1962 and West Side Story from 1961 and 2021.
2. The average length of the best picture nominees this year is 144 minutes.
Can you handle going to see “Avatar: Road of Water” without having to take a bathroom break? GETTY IMAGES
If one takes into account that since 1929, the average duration of a total of 581 films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar is 125 minutes (two hours and five minutes), it could be said that the current nominees have extended the challenge for the moviegoers who can’t stand the urge to go to the bathroom.
The length of the films nominated this year goes from the relatively short “Ellas hablando” (Women Talking) -1 hour 44 minutes- to the marathon “Avatar: The path of water” (Avatar: The Way of the Water) of 3 hours and 12 minutes.
But duration is not necessarily a sign of success. “Marty”, winner in 1955, lasts exactly one hour and a half, and the classic “Casablanca”, from 1942, one hour and 42 minutes.
On the other hand, Gone with the Wind, which swept the Oscars at the 1940 ceremony, lasts 3 hours and 53 minutes.
3. Two of the best actress favorites play characters that were originally intended for men.
Michelle Yeoh and Cate Blanchett star in “Everything Everywhere at the Same Time” and “Tár” respectively. GETTY IMAGES
Michelle Yeoh’s starring role in the wacky multiverse adventure “Everything Everywhere All At Once” was originally offered to actor Jackie Chan.
“That’s how they wrote it, with Jackie in mind and me as his wife, so the roles are completely reversed,” the actress said.
Meanwhile, the role of disgraced conductor Lydia Tár, played by Cate Blanchett, was initially conceived for a man, something the actress felt would have made character study far less interesting.
“It’s because the film is a meditation on power, you would have had a much less subtle analysis of that aspect (if the character had been male),” Blanchett said.
“We understand what the corruption of male power looks like, but we need to unravel the power itself,” he concluded.
4. The two “Entre Ellas” co-stars share a dragon tattoo.
Before co-starring in “Between Them,” both Rooney Mara and Claire Foy starred as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” GETTY IMAGES
Before working together on Sarah Polley’s best picture nomination, Rooney Mara and Claire Foy starred in the same lead role in two iterations of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
The 2011 English adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling novel had Mara in the title role with Daniel Craig (ex-James Bond) co-starring.
Seven years later, Foy took on the same role in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the fourth novel in the series, which was written by David Lagercrantz after Larsson’s death.
5. Angela Bassett is the first person nominated for acting in a Marvel Universe movie.
Will it be the year of Angela Bassett and the Marvel universe? GETTY IMAGES
She played Queen Ramonda in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination.
It would be an unprecedented triumph that an Oscar be awarded for the performance of a fantastic comic book character.
But, with Kerry Condon having won supporting actress at the Baftas and Jamie Lee Curtis hoisting the supporting actress accolade at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the odds of Marvel taking its first acting award aren’t so great. safe. .
6. Two films have each received nominations in all four acting categories
Cast of “Everything Everywhere at the Same Time” (left) and the cast of “The Spirits of the Island” have won several acting awards in advance of the Oscars. GETTY IMAGES
Between the two, “Everything everywhere at the same time” and “The spirits of the island” (The Banshees of Inisherin) add up to eight of the 20 acting places available.
Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Stephanie Hsu and Ke Huy Quan for the first; Colin Farrell, Kerry Condon, Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan for the second.
This hasn’t happened at the Oscars in 45 years. The last time two movies racked up four acting nominations each in the same year was 1978, when “Julia” and “The Turning Point” dominated those categories.
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7. At 90, John Williams is the oldest nominee in Oscar history.
Judd Hirsch (left) has had the longest gap between acting nominations, while John Williams is the oldest nominee ever. GETTY IMAGES
The composer, who is being recognized for his composition of the music in “The Fabelmans,” surpasses the late director Agnès Varda, who was 89 when she was nominated in 2018. (Williams turned 91 after the nominations were announced.) .
Throughout his career, Williams has amassed 53 Oscar nominations, making him the most nominated person alive, and just six behind. Walt Disney who holds the record with 59.
On the other hand, Judd Hirsch, who is nominated for best supporting actor for his role in “The Fabelmans”, had to wait 43 years for that mention since he was nominated for his supporting role in “Gente como uno” (Ordinary People). , in 1980.
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