It’s the time of year again when golden statues are polished and prepared for this year’s Academy Awards. If all goes well, 2014 could even see some record-breaking wins this year, although many have been broken just via nominations. Most years have at least a few broken records, but you’d be amazed at how many there are to break.
One record in particular could go to to Jennifer Lawrence, star of the highly popular film adaption of the Hunger Games. Lawrence is up for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for American Hustle, and should she win it, she’ll be the first to have taken Oscars in two different categories in consecutive years, after having won Actress in a Leading Role for her part in Silver Linings Playbook.
In American Hustle, Lawrence played the wildcard wife of a con man genius, Irving Rosenfeld — played by Christian Bale, who is up for an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role — who is forced to take part in the FBI’s complex workings in New Jersey’s criminal syndicates and political workings. And while Lawrence was hardly the youngest winner for Actress in a Leading Role — she was 22 at the time — she is the youngest actor to be nominated for a third time, at the age of 23.
American Hustle joined a select group in gaining nominations in all four acting categories while also netting nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing for Original Screenplay. It is the second film to have done so, the other being Reds, in 1981. Even without Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, it’s only one of 15 films to be nominated for all four acting awards. David O. Russell is to be congratulated here as director, as it’s the second consecutive film of his to do so, the first being Silver Linings Playbook.
Meryl Streep also broke a record this year with nominations, though in her case, the record she broke was her own. Streep was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role as Violet Weston in the family drama August: Osage County. This makes for her 18th nomination, further solidifying her hold on the record for most nominations — actors and actresses included. Nebraska, a film about a young man who escorts his father on a trip to Montana to pick up what he believes will be a million dollars, is the most recent black-and-white film to be nominated for Best Picture, following The Artist in 2011.
Judi Dench, who starred in Philomena as a woman searching for her long-lost son, is up for Best Actress in a Leading Role. This makes for her seventh Oscar nomination since 1998, all after her 63rd birthday, meaning that she’s received the most acting nominations for someone at her age, though she doesn’t yet have the record for oldest nominee — the oldest acting nominee to date has been Gloria Stuart, at 87, for her role in Titanic.