Argo becomes only the fourth movie in Oscar history to win Best Picture without its director being nominated for Best Director. It joins the ranks of Wings (1927), Grand Hotel (1931) and most famously, Driving Miss Daisy (1989). That’s pretty poor company if you ask me, but at least Argo is the best of the bunch… by a landslide.
Argo is the first studio-funded film to win the Best Picture award since The Departed won in 2006. Like Argo, Martin Scorsese’s crime opus was also funded by Warner Brothers.
With its three Oscar wins, Argo joins a select group of Best Picture winners to win just three awards or less. The last Best Picture winner to pick up just three awards was Crash (2005) but you’d have to go all the way back to Rocky in 1976 to find the next one.
This is only the fourth time in Oscar history where Best Picture, Director and the four acting awards have gone to six different films. The previous times this happened were in 2005 when Crash won, 1956 when Around the World in 80 Days was proclaimed the winner, and in 1952 when The Greatest Show on Earth – universally regarded as the worst film to win Best Picture – surprised Hollywood to win the top prize.
Argo is the second straight Best Picture winner to star John Goodman after last year’s winner The Artist. Guy Pearce also achieved this feat in 2009 and 2010 when he starred in The Hurt Locker and The King’s Speech. Michael Pena (Million Dollar Baby & Crash) and Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) are the previous actors to achieve this feat. You’d have to go all the way back to the early 80ss for the next batch of back-to-back actors.
Here’s something really silly… With only four letters in its name, Argo ties Gigi (Best Picture 1958) as the shortest Best Picture title ever.
George Clooney is the first person in history to be nominated in six categories over his career: Best Director (Good Night, and Good Luck) , Best Original Screenplay (Good Night, and Good Luck), Best Supporting Actor (Syriana), Best Actor (Michael Clayton, Up in the Air, The Descendants), Best Adapted Screenplay (The Ides of March) and Best Picture (Argo).
With Clooney’s Best Picture win for Argo, he becomes only the sixth acting winner (he won in 2005 for Syriana) to also win an award in a non-acting category. He joins the much maligned Roberto Benigini (Best Actor, Best Foreign Language Film 1998), Emma Thompson (Best Actress 1992, Best Adapted Screenplay 1995), Michael Douglas (Best Picture 1975, Best Actor 1987), Barbara Streisand (Best Actress 1968, Best Song 1976) and Lawrence Olivier (Best Picture, Best Actor 1948).
Amour is the first film since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000 to be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film. It’s also the first film spoken entirely in a foreign language to be nominated for Best Picture since Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima in 2006.
With their Best Picture nomination for Lincoln, Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy are the most nominated producers of all time with eight nods apiece. Spielberg received his previous nominations for E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, The Color Purple, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, Letters from Iwo Jima and War Horse. Kennedy received her previous nominations for E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, The Color Purple, The Sixth Sense, Seabiscuit, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and War Horse. But while Spielberg has one win to his name (Schindler’s List in 1993), Kennedy remains the most nominated producer without a win.
Silver Linings Playbook became the first film since Reds in 1981 to score a nomination in all four acting categories.
Playbook also became the first movie since Million Dollar Baby to be nominated in the “Big Five” categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay (Original/Adapted).
Ang Lee joins George Stevens and Frank Bozrage as the only filmmakers to win more than one Best Director Oscar without a corresponding Best Picture win.
Ang Lee also becomes the second Asian filmmaker to win the top prize. The other winner… Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountian.
Lincoln becomes the 10th Steven Spielberg movie to win an Oscar. The only directors who have made more Oscar-winning films are John Ford (11) and William Wyler (12). Give this man a third Directing Oscar already!!
With his win for Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis becomes the first actor to win three Best Actor Oscars. His previous wins were for There Will Be Blood in 2007 and My Left Foot in 1989.
Day-Lewis is also the first performer to win an Oscar for playing an American President.
Although Steven Spielberg has directed 12 actors in Oscar-nominated performances, Daniel Day-Lewis is the first actor to win! The others who have scored nominations for their performances in Spielberg’s films are Melinda Dillon (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Whoppi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery (The Color Purple), Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List), Anthony Hopkins (Amistad), Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan), Christopher Walken (Catch Me if You Can), Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln).
At the age of 22, Jennifer Lawrence is the second youngest actress to win the Best Actress Oscar. Marlee Matlin still holds the record, having won the award at the age of 21 for her performance in Children of a Lesser God (1986).
Christoph Waltz becomes only the sixth multiple acting award winner to have a 100% strike rate at the Oscars. The others who have a 2-2 or more strike rate are Louise Rainer, Vivien Leigh, Helen Hayes, Kevin Spacey and Hilary Swank.
Here’s something fascinating… In both his Oscar-winning performances (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained), Christoph Waltz speaks in three languages: English, French and German! (He also spoke a fourth language, Italian, in Inglorious Basterds).
Anne Hathaway is the fourth actress to win the Best Supporting Actress award for a musical. The previous three winners were Rita Moreno (West Side Story), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls).
This is only the third time in history where all the acting winners (Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz) were previous nominees. The previous two times that this has happened were in 1981 where the winners were Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, John Gielgud and Maureen Stapleton) and in 1994 where the winners were Tom Hanks, Jessica Lange, Martin Landau and Dianne Wiest).
Quentin Tarantino becomes only the fourth filmmaker to direct the same actor (Christoph Waltz) to multiple Oscars. The others were Woody Allen and Dianne Weist (Best Supporting Actress 1986, 1994), James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson (Best Supporting Actor 1983, Best Actor 1997), and William Wyler and Walter Brennan (Best Supporting Actor 1936, 1942).
Emmanuelle Riva became the oldest actress to be nominated for the Best Actress prize. She is 86.
On the other end of the spectrum, Quvenzhane Wallis became the youngest actress to be nominated in the Best Actress category. She is 9.
The Best Supporting Actor category was the first time in history that all five nominees were previous winners: Alan Arkin (Best Supporting Actor 2006 – Little Miss Sunshine), Robert De Niro (Best Supporting Actor 1974 – The Godfather Part 2, Best Actor 1980 – Raging Bull), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Best Actor 2005 – Capote), Tommy Lee Jones (Best Supporting Actor 1994 – The Fugitive) and the now two-time winner Christoph Waltz who won in 2009 for Inglorious Basterds.
It’s pretty difficult to win an Original Screenplay Oscar more than once. So difficult that only five writers have done so: Paddy Chayefsky, Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett and now Quentin Tarantino have all won twice while Woody Allen remains the top dog in the category, having won it three times.
Surprisingly, Adele’s “Skyfall” is the first James Bond title song to win the Best Song Oscar. Previous Bond songs that were nominated but didn’t win include Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die,” Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better” from The Spy Who Loved Me, and Sheena Easton’s “For Your Eyes Only.” Skyfall is also the Bond film with the most Oscar wins – 2.
The tie in the Best Sound Editing category was only the sixth in Oscar history. The most famous one was in 1968 when Barbara Streisand (Funny Girl) and Katherine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) shared the Best Actress prize. Other ties were Best Actor 1932 (shared by Frederic March & Wallacy Beery), Best Documentary Short 1949 (A Chance to Live and So Much for So Little), Best Documentary Feature 1986 (Artie Shaw: Time is All You Got and Down and Out in America) and Best Live Action Short 1994 (Frank Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life and Trevor).
Brenda Chapman (director of Brave) became the first woman to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
Paperman became the first film produced by Walt Disney Animated Studios to win the Best Animated Short Oscar since 1969.
With his 10th nomination and loss for Skyfall, Thomas Newman becomes the most nominated living composer without a win to his name.
Like Newman, Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins is also 0-10 with the Academy. He is also the most nominated living cinematographer without a win to his name.