15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About This Year’s Academy Awards

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On Sunday, March 4, the biggest names in Hollywood will descend on the Dolby Theatre to wear millions of dollars worth of fashion and diamonds while they wait to find out whether their names will be called for playing relatable people. The 90th Academy Awards are taking place this Sunday, with host Jimmy Kimmel returning for a second year.

Undoubtedly, many of this year’s speeches will likely centre around the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, with social change finally sweeping through Hollywood and extending into other industries.

Of course, there’s still the movies and the nominees. Whether you’ve seen every film released in 2017 or just want to sound like you have, we’ve got you covered. From big budget films to indie darlings, professional athletes to professional nominees (hai Meryl), here are 15 facts you may not have known about this year’s Oscars.

1. Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s first Oscar nomination for Best Director. Somehow, Nolan wasn’t nominated for his work on the Dark Knight series or Inception. That’s more confusing than the end of Inception. And the beginning. And the middle.


2. Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas are just one of many married couples nominated for Oscars this year. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon are nominated for Best Screenplay for The Big Sick, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman are nominated for Best Animated Film for Loving Vincent, and Coco songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are up for Best Original Song.


3. Saoirse Ronan’s nomination for Best Actress in Lady Bird isn’t the 23-year-old’s first Oscar nomination. She received one for Best Supporting Actress at age 13 for Atonement and her second for Best Actress in 2016 for Brooklyn.


4. Thanks to his animated film Dear Basketball, Kobe Bryant is the first NBA player to become an Oscar nominee.


5. Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Timothée Chalamet (Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name) both appear in two of this year’s Best Picture nominated films. But they’re beat out by Chalamet’s CMBYN father Michael Stuhlbarg, who also appears in The Post and The Shape of Water.


6. At 88-years-old, Christopher Plummer is the oldest nominee for Best Supporting Actor. Nominated this year for All The Money In The World,  if he wins, he’ll beat the record for the oldest winner, which he also holds, having won an Oscar at age 82 for Beginners.


7. Plummer still isn’t this year’s oldest nominee. That distinction is held by Best Documentary Feature nominee Agnes Varda, who is 89.


8. Meryl Streep continues to be the most nominated performer ever. She earned her 21st nomination this year for The Post (she’s previously won three times).


9. Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) is the fifth woman to ever be nominated for Best Director. Jordan Peele (Get Out) is the fifth black person to be a Best Director nominee.


10. Up for Best Original Music Score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, John Williams is now the most nominated living person in Oscars history, picking up his 51st nomination this year. He won his first Oscar in 1968 for Valley of the Dolls and in total has five Oscars. Walt Disney still holds the title for most nominated person of all time, with 59 nominations and 23 wins.


11. The four Best Picture nominees with the lowest budget this year, including Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, also have the four highest ratings of all the nine nominated films on Rotten Tomatoes.


12. Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell are both nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. The last time two actors from the same film were nominated was in 1992 for Harvey Keitel and Sir Ben Kingsley in Bugsy.


13. Mary J. Blige, who is scheduled to perform during Sunday’s show, is the first person to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song for her work in Mudbound.


14. Speaking of Mudbound, its director of photography Rachel Morrison is the first woman to receive a nomination for Best Cinematography. Director Dee Rees is also the first black woman to ever receive a nomination for writing.


15. New rules have been put into place to ensure there isn’t another La La Land/Moonlight fiasco this year. Both the celebrity presenter and the stage manager must now confirm they have the correct envelope before walking out on stage. Price Waterhouse Cooper employees are not allowed to use cellphones or post on social media during the show and two PwC accountants must have the winners list memorized, with a third balloting partner also memorizing the list and sitting in the control room. Oscar rehearsals will also include rehearsing what to do if the incorrect name or title is read.

The 2018 Academy Awards air Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.