February 25, 2013 by Craig Sutherland
- The youngest and oldest nominees ever appear in one category, for the first time since the earliest Oscars: nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis is nominated for best actress for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” while 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva is up for her role in “Amour.” The
French star turns 86 on Sunday, when the winners will be announced at the 85th Academy Awards.
- The youngest Best Actor winner is Adrien Brody, 29, for The Pianist. The oldest is 76 year-old Henry Fonda for On Golden Pond.
- The only sequel to have won Best Picture is The Godfather: Part II.
- Silver Linings Playbook got four acting nominations, the first time in more than 30 years that’s happened and only the 14th film to ever get all four nominations. No film has ever won all four acting awards. A Streetcar Named Desire won three of its four nominations back in the 1951 race, the only film in history to do so.
- The shortest Oscar-winning performance of all time was given by starlet Beatrice Straight, who acted for just five minutes 40 seconds in 1976 film Network. Brit actress Judi Dench took the title for second shortest appearance, winning the Best Supporting Actress award, for a mere seven minutes 58 seconds’ work in romantic flick, Shakespeare in Love.
- Only three films have ever won all five top prizes of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay: It Happened One Night in 1935, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in 1976 and The Silence Of The Lambs in 1992.
- The youngest Oscar winner to date is actress Tatum O’Neal who took home Best Supporting Actress for her role in Paper Moon at just 10 years old. And the second? Fresh faced True Blood actress Anna Paquin, who won Best Supporting Actress for The Piano when she was 11.
For the first time, this year the Best Supporting Actor nominees are all previous winners of Oscars. Robert De Niro is the only one to have already won both Actor and Supporting Actor.
- With ‘Argo’ being nominated for Best Picture, George Clooney joins Warren Beatty as being the only two people to receive Oscar nominations for acting, writing, producing and directing.
- The man who designed the Oscar statuette, Cedric Gibbons, won 11 awards for art direction, having been nominated 39 times.
- Meryl Streep holds the record for the most total Oscar nominations for acting, with 17 nominations (and three wins: two for Best Actress, and one for Best Supporting Actress).
- Oscar getting ready to shine (cnn.com)
- Hollywood awaits ‘open’ Oscars (bbc.co.uk)
- Quvenzhané Wallis As Annie: Oscar-Nominated Actress Cast In Upcoming Film (huffingtonpost.com)
- A Night With Oscar (theartofactingup.wordpress.com)
- Ben Affleck and Steven Spielberg set for Oscars duel (abc.net.au)
- Oscars 2013: live (telegraph.co.uk)
- Oscars 2013: 12 Ways the 85th Academy Awards Could Make History (news.moviefone.com)
- The Oscar Curse (toledoblade.com)
- Five Oscars facts that might surprise you (voxxi.com)