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Here are a few Oscar facts related to the number 2.
*In the Best Picture race there are 5 actors who appear in 2 of the best picture nominees.
VIOLA DAVIS nominated for her role in THE HELP also appears in EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE she is spectacular in both.
BRAD PITT nominated for his role in MONEYBALL also appears in THE TREE OF LIFE – he is also nominated as producer for Moneyball bringing him a total of 2 noms this year.
JESSICA CHASTAIN nominated for her role in THE HELP also appears in THE TREE OF LIFE – one of her co-stars in The Help OCTAVIA SPENCER is also nominated in the same category (supporting actress) therefore 2 from that film vying against each other.
JOHN GOODMAN appears as a doorman in EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE and as a movie mogul in THE ARTIST.
TOM HIDDLESTON an up and coming English actor appears as a soldier in WAR HORSE and played F. Scott Fitzgerald in MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.
* 2 Best Supporting Actor nominees are octogenerians – both 82!!
MAX VON SYDOW in EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE.
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER in BEGINNERS.
Should either of them win they will become the oldest Oscar winner ever, beating JESSICA TANDY who was 80 when she won best actress for Driving Miss Daisy back in 1989. HAL HOLBROOK (Into The Wild) and RALPH RICHARDSON (Greystoke) were also 82 at the time of their nominations but did not win.
*2 Best Picture nominees feature characters who don’t utter a word of dialogue
THE ARTIST – in which nobody is heard – it is a silent movie after all.
EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE – Max Von Sydow plays a mute.
*2 of the Best Picture nominees are set in Paris.
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and HUGO
*2 of the Best Picture nominees feature young boys who are searching (with a key) for answers to a mystery left by their dead fathers.
HUGO and EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
*John Williams has been nominated 2 times in the Original Music Score category for WAR HORSE and THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN, both for director Steven Spielberg. This brings his total nominations to 47 winning 5 times.
GEORGE CLOONEY is up for 2 Oscars this year – Best Actor for THE DESCENDANTS and Best Adapted Screenplay for THE IDES OF MARCH co written with Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
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