Tomorrow morning the list of nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards are announced. Before the names are called here are some numbers to keep in mind:
2 – For as long as Best Foreign-Language Film has been a competitive category (that started in 1956) there have always been at least two European films nominated. That might be something to keep an eye on in relation to films like Capernaum, Burning or Shoplifters that look to join seeming-locks like Roma and Cold War.
2 – Lady Gaga could become the second actor ever to be nominated in an acting category and Best Song in the same year if A Star is Born succeeds in both (and it probably will). Ironically, the first was Mary J. Blige, who did it just last year. Keep the streak alive!
3 – The Favourite’s trifecta of Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone could become the third trio of actresses to all get nominated for the same movie this century, joining The Help (Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer) and Doubt (Amy Adams, Davis, and Meryl Streep).
3 – Number of times since the Best Score category was amalgamated into one category (in 1999) that neither John Williams nor Alexandre Desplat was nominated. Don’t be super surprised if Isle of Dogs manages a nomination here.
5/6 – With the early indicators pointing to Alfonso Cuaron being an overwhelming favourite to take the Best Director Oscar, Tuesday morning could be the first step in Roma becoming the fifth film by a Mexican filmmaker in the last six years to win the award. Cuaron won in 2013 for Gravity, Alejandro Gonzalez-Innaritu won back-to-back in 2014 and 15 for Birdman and The Revenant and, of course, Guillermo del Toro is the current title-holder for The Shape of Water.
7 – Since the Best Picture field expanded beyond the standard field of five in 2009 (thanks, Dark Knight fans) there have not been fewer than eight nominees in the category. Is this the year the streak ends?
15 – Possibly a long-shot, but should 15-year-old Elsie Fisher be nominated for Best Actress for her turn in Eighth Grade, she would become the third-youngest to ever do so, trailing 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in 2012 and 13-year-old Keisha Castle Hughes (Whale Rider) in 2003 (The Youngest Oscar nominee ever, Justin Henry, got recognized for his work in 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer at the age of 8, while Tatum O’Neill got her trophy for supporting actress at the age of 10).
24 – Films Paul Schrader has written without earning an Oscar nomination. A reminder that among them are the Martin Scorsese classics Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, as well as the multiple-Oscar nominated 1997 drama Affliction. Schrader is a Best Original Screenplay hopeful for First Reformed.
30 – Years since Glenn Close’s remarkable stretch of five nominations in seven years (1982-1988) ended. An emerging favourite for Best Actress for her role in The Wife, she’s only received one nomination since that period for 2011’s Albert Nobbs.
2011 – The last time a non-Disney/Pixar film won the Best Animated Feature Oscar. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse enters nomination morning as the favourite in the category, with The Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet probably also joining the fray.