The #2017AcademyAwards will soon be upon us and we're sure that Oscars Office Pools are all but set up everywhere by everyone who love watching movies.
To help you be the know-it-all during the live telecast - and later at the water-cooler - here are 10 fun facts about this year's nominees:
1. 'La La Land' - Record 14 Nominations
With 14 nods, #LaLaLand - which tells the story of an aspiring actress and a struggling jazz musician seeking to realize their dreams - tie the record set by All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997). The musical needs to win at least 12 categories to beat the record of 11 wins held by Ben Hur (1959), The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003), and Titanic (1997).
2. Meryl Streep - Record 20th Nomination
With her 20th nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins, #MerylStreep now has more acting nominations than Katherine Hepburn and Marlon Brando combined. Not bad for an "overrated" actress! She has 16 Best Actress nods (also a record) and four in the supporting category. Her wins were for Kramer vs Kramer (1979), Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011).
3. Andrew Garfield - Only First-time Nominee in Best Actor Category
If the Best Actor category was based on a year's work, #AndrewGarfield would arguably walk away with the acting awards based on not one but two standout performances in Best Picture nominee Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese's Silence. Still, being the only first-time nominee in the Best Actor category is a credit to his fine talent, even though he's likely to lose out to Manchester by the Sea favorite Casey Affleck (see #5) or SAG winner Denzel Washington for Fences.
4. Emma Stone - Joins Class of Best Actresses who Sing in Their Roles
For her engaging portrayal of aspiring actress Mia n La La Land - in which she also does her own singing - #EmmaStone is the forerunner to nab the Best Actress Oscar. if she indeed does so, she will join the class of Best Actresses who also did their own singing in their movies such as Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins (1964), Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl (1972), and Reese Witherspoon in Walk The Line (2005).
5. Casey Affleck - 2nd Oscar-winning Affleck?
If #CaseyAffleck walks away with the Best Actor award for Manchester by the Sea - and he is the favorite to win - he and big brother Ben will become the 16th Oscar-winning sibling pair in Academy history. Before he became Batman, the older Affleck won Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997) and Best Producer for Argo (2013). The younger Affleck's previous Oscar nod was for his intense supporting role in 2007's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
6. Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis - Nominated Again in the Same Year
In 2011, Octavia Spencer walked away with the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in The Help, while co-star Viola Davis was nominated for Best Actress in the same film. This year, Spencer and Davis again received nods, this time in the same supporting category - the former for Hidden Figures, the latter for Fences. Judging by her sweep in almost every award show though, Davis seems the likely one to go home happy.
7. Dev Patel, 3rd Actor of Indian descent to receive nomination
For his role as an Indian-Australian adoptee who uses Google to find his biological mother in Lion, Dev Patel becomes just the third actor of Indian descent to receive an Oscar nomination, after actress Merle Oberon (The Dark Angel) and Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi). Patel first shot to fame in 2008's Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.
8. Natalie Portman - Pregnant Again with her 2nd Best Actress nod
The last time Natalie Portman won in this category for The Black Swan (2010), she was pregnant with her first child. Nominated again for Best Actress this year for her flawless portrayal as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie, the radiant beauty is expecting her second child with husband Benjamin Millepied. In fact, with her due date approaching, news is out that the Star Wars queen may not be attending Hollywood's biggest night. That would be a pity 'cos if there's one person who could cause an upset over Emma Stone, it is Portman.
9. 'Kubo and the Two Strings' - 2nd Animated Film in History to get VFX Nod
LAIKA Studios' Kubo and the Two Strings became the first stop-motion film to earn a visual effects nomination since 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas. If it wins, of course it will be the first ever animated feature to win in this category. If not, the BAFTA winner could just cause an upset in the Best Animated feature category over Disney favorite, Zootopia.
10. 'La La Land' - First All-Female team to get Sound Editing nod
Out of its 14 nominations, La La Land’s Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan made cinematic history as they become the first female team to be nominated in sound editing, a category traditionally dominated by men. In addition, Lee, who hails from Singapore - you go, homegirl! - is the first Asian woman to be nominated in sound editing. She is also part of the La La Land team nominated in the sound mixing category.
The 2017 Academy Awards will be telecast on Sunday, February 26, at 7e|4p on ABC.
Who do you think missed out on an Oscar nomination this year?
(Sources: ew.com, variety.com)