Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 17, 2014

Facts to know before the Oscars


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — n Only nine movies have won best picture without being nominated for best editing in the 79 years the film editing category has existed. This year, only three best picture nominees are also nominated for both editing and directing: “American Hustle,” “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave.”

n Pixar got a big snub this year. This is only the second time a Pixar film has not seen any Academy Award nomination. The first was “Cars 2” in 2011 and this year “Monster’s University” fell short. “Frozen,” the one Disney movie nominated for best animated film, was not a Pixar production.

n David O. Russell, director of “American Hustle” and last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” not only landed his third Oscar nomination, he also is the first director to have directed two films to be nominated in every performance category.

n Only five performers have ever won back-to-back Oscars, the last being Tom Hanks the first for 1993’s “Philadelphia” and the second for 1994’s “Forrest Gump.”

n Rumor has it, the name “Oscar” was coined by then Academy librarian (and later director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that gives out the Academy Awards) Margaret Herrick. When she was first shown the golden statue, she said “That looks like my Uncle Oscar!” The name stuck.

n Who is the Academy everybody seems to thank in awards speeches? They are experts in the industry. Academy members must work in the industry in one of 16 designated fields. If they don’t, they can also be a member “at large.” To become a member, not only must you work in the field, you also have to produce work of a high caliber to be considered. Then, you must find someone already in the Academy to sponsor you as you work toward membership. If you are nominated or win an Academy Award, you are usually considered for membership.

n The Oscars have many names. Their proper title is “The Academy Awards,” but they’re often called the AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) or the Oscars.