2014 Oscar Nominations: 10 Fun Facts
1) According to Entertainment Weekly, director Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is "the swearingest movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture." Ceding the crown? Director Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas.
2) You're not the only one who had never heard of the film nominated for Best Song: Alone Yet Not Alone, with its title song written by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel. How did the Academy latch into this one? Well, Broughton is well-connected — according to Deadline Hollywood, he is a former AMPAS governor and former head of the organization's music branch who launched a grassroots campaign on behalf of the song inside the Academy. But it's not a complete fluke — Broughton was previously nomated for his original score for the 1985 western Silverado.
3) Prisoners was mostly ignored by the Academy, but it did get recognition for its cinematography, earning Roger Deakins his 11th nomination. He has yet to win an Oscar. On the other hand, Deakins' mantle is crowded with awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the American Film Institute, the Australian Cinematographers Society, and the British Society of Cinematographers, as well as innumerable citations from film critics' groups. Your move, Academy.
4) Deakins has nothing on composer John Williams, who received his 49th nomination for scoring The Book Thief. He'll have to go some distance to beat the record set by Walt Disney, who received 59 nominations.
5) Non-English-language films rarely make an appearance outside of their specified Oscar category, but this year The Grandmaster, directed by renowned Hong Kong Second Wave auteur Wong Kar-Wai, received nominations for both Cinematography and Costume Design — and yet it was left out of the foreign-language category.
6) The Academy digs monochrome. Recent black-and-white movies with Oscar nominations and/or wins for cinematography include this year's Nebraska (Phedon Papamichael) as well as The Artist (Guillaume Schiffman), The Man Who Wasn't There (Roger Deakins), Good Night, and Good Luck. (Robert Elswit), and The White Ribbon (Christian Berger). (You could argue that Bruno Delbonnel's work on Inside Llewyn Davis, which was nominated only for cinematography and sound mixing this year, was close to black and white in some scenes.) Still, it didn't help director Noah Baumbach's black-and-white Frances Ha (Sam Levy) get any Oscar love.
7) Oscar nominees for The Wolf of Wall Street in the Best Picture category have yet to be determined by the Academy. That's because there are just so many to choose from. According to IMDb, TWoW has 11 credited producers, co-producers, and executive producers, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Irwin Winkler, and many more.
8) Monsters University is one of only two Pixar features not to receive an Oscar nomination since the category honoring animated features was introduced in 2002. (The other one? Cars 2.)
9) Sign of the times: Netflix received its first Oscar nomination this morning, when The Square, about the Egyptian revolution, was recognized in the documentary feature category.
10) Highly touted Oscar contender Saving Mr. Banks received exactly the same number of nominations as Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa (one).