These are the sidebar notes from the Academy:
In the acting categories, four individuals are first-time nominees (Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Emmanuelle Riva, QuvenzhanéWallis). Nine of the nominees, including all of the Supporting Actor nominees, are previous acting winners (Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz, Sally Field, Helen Hunt).
Jessica Chastain is the only one of this year's acting nominees who was also nominated last year. She received a Supporting Actress nomination for The Help.
At 85 years old, Emmanuelle Riva becomes the oldest Best Actress nominee. Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis becomes the youngest
Best Actress nominee. This marks the first time since the earliest Awards that records for the oldest and youngest nominees in a single
acting category have been set in the same year. The oldest nominee across all the acting categories remains Gloria Stuart, who was 87
when she received a Supporting Actress nomination for Titanic (1997). The youngest acting nominee overall is Justin Henry, who was
eight years old when he received a Supporting Actor nomination for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).
Amour is the fifth film to be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film. The others were Z, which won the
Foreign Language Film award in 1969; The Emigrants, a Foreign Language Film nominee in 1971 and a Best Picture nominee in 1972;
Life Is Beautiful, which won the Foreign Language Film award in 1998; and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Foreign Language
Film winner in 2000.
Emmanuelle Riva’s nominated performance is in French. Five performers have won Academy Awards for roles using spoken
languages other than English. They are Sophia Loren (1961, Actress in Two Women), Robert De Niro (1974, Supporting Actor in The
Godfather Part II), Roberto Benigni (1998, Actor in Life Is Beautiful), Benicio Del Toro (2000, Supporting Actor in Traffic) and
Marion Cotillard (2007, Actress in La Vie en Rose). In addition, Marlee Matlin received the 1986 Best Actress award for a
performance almost entirely in American Sign Language.
Silver Linings Playbook is the first film to receive nominations for Best Picture, Directing, Writing and all four acting categories since
Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg share the record for the most Best Picture nominations for individual producers with eight
With his Best Picture nomination for Argo, George Clooney joins Warren Beatty as the only individuals to have competitive
nominations for Best Picture, directing, writing and acting.
John Williams has more nominations than any other living person, extending his lead with 48 (the only person with more is Walt
Disney at 59). Woody Allen has the second-highest number of nominations among living persons at 23. Williams also extends his
record for the most music scoring nominations with 43.
Michael Kahn is now the most-nominated film editor, having received his eighth nomination this year.
Thomas Newman’s nomination for Original Score for Skyfall is his eleventh and brings the total for members of the Newman family
(Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy) to 87, more than any other family.
With his Original Screenplay nomination for
Moonrise Kingdom, Roman Coppola becomes the sixth member of the extended Coppola family (Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford
Coppola, Talia Shire, Nicolas Cage and Sofia Coppola) to receive a nomination, for a family total of 24.
Best Picture Release Dates:
Beasts of the Southern Wild - June 27, 2012
Argo - October 12, 2012
Lincoln - November 9, 2012
Silver Linings Playbook - November 16, 2012
Life of Pi - November 21, 2012
Amour - December 19, 2012
Zero Dark Thirty - December 19, 2012
Les Misérables - December 24, 2012
Django Unchained - December 25, 2012