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Oscars 2014: fun and surprising facts about the nominees

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Jennifer LawrenceHollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence, 23, earned her third Oscar nomination on Thursday. (Andrew Medichini/Associated Press)

With the Academy Awards soon to hold its 86th edition of celebrating Hollywood's biggest and best films, there's understandably a vast trove of fascinating factoids that emerge.

Following Thursday's early-morning announcement of the latest batch of nominees, we've come across some interesting, quirky, remarkable and mind-boggling tidbits to share.


  • Martin Scorsese's controversially debauched The Wolf of Wall Street is purportedly the film with the most uses of the word "f--k" (allegedly delivered 522 times) to be in the running for Oscar glory.

  • Veteran 77-year-old actor Bruce Dern's nomination for Nebraska comes 35 years after his first-ever nod (for Coming Home).

  • At 23, Jennifer Lawrence is the youngest person ever to earn a trio of Oscar nominations: for Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook (she won best actress) and American Hustle.

  • Meryl Streep adds another notch to her belt as Oscar's most-nominated performer ever. Her best actress nod for August: Osage County marks the 18th time she's up for an Academy Award (her three actual wins came for The Iron Lady, Sophie's Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer).

  • Though he didn't snag a best-director nod for Dallas Buyers Club, Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée is still an Oscar contender. He shares in the movie's film-editing nomination under the pseudonym John Mac McMurphy.

  • Hollywood icon Robert Redford may have won a directing Oscar (for Ordinary People) and a lifetime achievement honour (in 2002), but he's never earned a trophy for acting (he was nominated once, for The Sting). Some have cited his lack of a nomination for the seafaring drama All is Lost a snub.

  • David O. Russell and his recent acting collaborators are on a roll. For two years in a row now, his films (Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle) have earned nods in each of the four acting categories.

  • 2013 Oscar nominees Amy Adams (The Master, supporting actress), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, lead actor) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, lead actress winner) are all back again in 2014 for their work in American Hustle, but they've all swapped categories (lead actress for Adams and supporting turns for Cooper and Lawrence).

  • When you factor in The Fighter, David O. Russell has nabbed three best director nominations in just four years. It puts him in the company of Hollywood heavyweights such as Frank Capra, John Huston, Billy Wilder and Clint Eastwood.

  • Woody Allen is Oscar's most-nominated screenwriter, earning his 16th for Blue Jasmine. All have been in the original screenplay category. He is also the category's top winner, with three trophies (Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Midnight in Paris).

  • Some actors (or perhaps their advisors) are really good at choosing roles: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and George Clooney have each starred in more than four best-picture contenders.

  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grampa and The Lone Ranger can now forever be described as Oscar nominees (both earned nods in the makeup and hairstyle category).

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