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We’ve been carrying on the Reddit Oscars with my favourite decade for film, the 1990s, and I’ve been monitoring statistics for the fun facts! You can check out the 21st century statistics here (https://www.reddit.com/Oscars/comments/i4p3fe/reddit_chosen_oscars_the_21st_century_stats/
) to compare and see what’s changed, though if you’ve got any questions do give a comment below and I’ll see if I can find out for you.
Anyway, off we go! MOST NOMINATED FILMS Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
remains the king of the pile with 20 nominations. Forrest Gump
and The Lion King
joined joint second place films Inglourious Basterds
with 17 nominations apiece – The Lion King
took the animated record by a comfortable distance.
Other films joining the most nominated squad were Goodfellas
and Saving Private Ryan
(15 nominations each) and Titanic
(with 16, joining the cluster). MOST AWARDED FILMS
Joining the double-digit wins were Fargo
and Schindler’s List
, which each won 10. Titanic
meanwhile was at the top for the 90s with 11. Return of the King
is still number one most awarded film with 15. Additionally, The Silence of the Lambs
joined Eternal Sunshine
to be awarded the big 5. MOST NOMINATED FILMS WITHOUT A WIN
No change here – The Prestige
is still the recipient of this dubious honour thanks to losing all 14 nominations; Gangs of New York
, True Grit
and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
continue to round out the top 5 biggest losers. MOST NOMINATED FILMS WITHOUT A BEST PICTURE NOMINATION Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
, Les Misérables
and Star Wars: The Force Awakens
still have a three-way tie for this position with 9 nominations each. Shakespeare in Love
joined the crowd with 8, tying for fourth place with Monsters, Inc
. FEWEST WINS FOR A BEST PICTURE WINNER Moneyball
still has the fewest wins with a mere 2, Picture and Adapted Screenplay. FEWEST NOMINATIONS FOR A BEST PICTURE WINNER
, Get Out
and Requiem for a Dream
with six nominations each. FEWEST NOMINATIONS FOR A BEST PICTURE NOMINEE The Crying Game
and Four Weddings and a Funeral
join the bottom of this table alongside the four previously mentioned films that scored just 2 nominees. LONGEST BEST PICTURE NOMINEES AND WINNER
It’s all change here as many films for the 90s crashed into the top 10. Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet
rolled into the top spot in some style, clocking in at a staggering 242 minutes. You could watch second place The Irishman
(209 minutes) and have room to watch a Wallace and Gromit
short afterwards! Malcolm X
(202 minutes) and The Return of the King
(201 minutes) both broke past the double century mark for runtime. The rest of the top 10 is now comprised solely of 90s films – Schindler’s List
, Titanic, Magnolia
, The Green Mile
and Dances with Wolves
– all over 3 hours long.
Some things stay the same though – The Return of the King
is still the longest winner at 201 minutes. However, it has closer competition this time round, as second and third place films Schindler’s List
both clock in at 195 minutes. SHORTEST BEST PICTURE NOMINEES AND WINNER
Lots of 90s films entered onto this top 10 here too, mostly animated films. At a miniscule 76 minutes, The Nightmare Before Christmas
managed to supplant the 80-minute-long Before Sunset
as the shortest film to be nominated. Third-placed Toy Story
, at 81 minutes, managed to become the shortest winner, quite a way ahead of second shortest Fargo
(98 minutes). The Squid and the Whale
, Beauty and the Beast
, Frances Ha
, Fantastic Mr. Fox
and The Lion King
round out this top 10. FOREIGN/ANIMATED NOMINEES
19 foreign language films have been nominated for Best Picture – Dreams, Three Colours: Blue, Chungking Express, Three Colours: Red, Life Is Beautiful, Princess Mononoke, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, In the Mood for Love, Amélie, Spirited Away, City of God, Oldboy, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Lives of Others, Pan's Labyrinth, A Separation, Amour, The Handmaiden, Roma
. Of those two films, Spirited Away
, landed the win for Best Picture.
21 animated films scooped a Best Picture nomination – Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Lion King, Toy Story, Princess Mononoke, Mulan
, Toy Story 2, Shrek, Spirited Away, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up, Toy Story 3, The Lego Movie, Inside Out, Coco
and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
. Toy Story
and the aforementioned Spirited Away
grabbed Best Picture victories. Of these 21, only six films were not from Disney or Pixar. Three of these films, Toy Story
, Fantastic Mr. Fox
and Inside Out
, won screenplay awards.
Incidentally, thirteen animated films were nominated in the Best Non-English Film category; Only Yesterday, Ghost in the Shell, Whisper of the Heart, Perfect Blue, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Persepolis, Ponyo, Waltz with Bashir, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The Wind Rises and Your Name
. Spirited Away
and Howl’s Moving Castles
were winners here. Notably, eight of these nominees were from Studio Ghibli. MOST NOMINATED ACTORS (CORE 4)
Moving into the lead with nine nominations in total is Leonardo DiCaprio. Not only does he have the most nods overall, he has the most in a leading category, with seven nominations in Best Actor.
Brad Pitt moved up to a joint second with the previous title holder, Amy Adams. Adams still holds the title of most supporting nominations with 5. Brad’s four Supporting Actor nominations is the most for a man, tying with Tommy Lee Jones. Cate Blanchett moved into fourth place with 7 nominations overall and Kate Winslet moved up to a joint fifth with Scarlett Johansson, both ladies having 6 nominations apiece.
With Brad having finally taken home an acting win for Fight Club
(he also has 3 wins for Best Picture), George Clooney and Al Pacino now move up to the unenviable position of most acting nominations without a win with 5 each. MULTIPLE ACTING WINS
Joining Leonardo DiCaprio and Viola Davis at the top of the acting table with 3 awards each was Cate Blanchett. With wins for Elizabeth
in 98, The Aviator
in 04 and Blue Jasmine
in 13 she became the first to win one award per decade. Joining the multiple wins club with the 90s were John Goodman, Frances McDormand, Natalie Portman, Marisa Tomei and Denzel Washington, joining Mahershala Ali, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jake Gyllenhaal, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Meryl Streep in the multiple gold club. MOST ACTING WINS FOR A FILM Goodfellas
became the first film to win three awards for acting as Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and Lorraine Bracco scooped up acting wins. Six years later Fargo
did the same trick as William H. Macy, Frances McDormand and Steve Buscemi won their gold. LONGEST TIME BETWEEN FIRST AND LAST NOMINATIONS
Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were both nominated for awards in 1990 and then scooped up nominations in 2019 (both for The Irishman
) – this span of 29 years is the longest time span of nominations. Laura Dern meanwhile has the longest span for an actress with 28 years between her first nomination in 1991 (Rambling Rose
) and her last in 2019 (Marriage Story
). LONGEST TIME BETWEEN NOMINATIONS
Pacino strikes again – after his double nominations for Scent of a Woman
and Glengarry Glen Ross
in 1992, he lay dormant in the Oscars field for 27 years until The Irishman
gave him a Supporting Actor nomination. Dern takes the ladies record again, with a span of 26 years between Jurassic Park
and Marriage Story
. LONGEST TIME BETWEEN WINS
Frances McDormand had a span of 21 years between her wins for Fargo
(96) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(17). Joaquin Phoenix has the longest span for a man, with 12 years between Gladiator
(00) and The Master
(12). YOUNGEST AND OLDEST ACTING NOMINEES
(Note: the age was measured on the day the nominations for that year's ceremony was announced in real life. Similarly the winners were measured by the day of that year's ceremony.)
Quevenzhane Wallis is still the record holder of youngest acting nominee, being 9 years and 135 days when she was nominated for Best Actress for Beasts of the Southern Wild. The youngest Best Supporting Actress is still Abigail Breslin for Little Miss Sunshine (10 years, 284 days) and Actor is still Jamie Bell for Billy Elliot (14 years, 336 days). Supporting Actor changed though, with Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense
(11 years, 311 days) being the new record holder.
Emmanuelle Riva still holds the record for oldest nominee at 85 years and 321 days for Amour
, beating narrowly the 85 years and 195 days of Zhao Shu-Zhen for The Farewell
, the most for Supporting Actress. Christopher Plummer in Beginners
is still the oldest man nominated, being 82 years and 42 days when he got his Supporting Actor. Richard Farnsworth took over the record for oldest Best Actor nominee at age 79 years and 167 days for The Straight Story
. Passing away in October 2000, Farnsworth took the record of shortest life span post nomination at just under 8 months (discounting the posthumous nomination of Heath Ledger). YOUNGEST AND OLDEST ACTING WINNERS
The gentlemen stayed the same, with Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain
(25 years, 76 days) and Timothee Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name
(22 years, 67 days) being the youngest winners in Supporting Actor and Actor respectively. The ladies changed though – Natalie Portman’s performance in Leon
(13 years, 291 days) and Anna Paquin in The Piano
(11 years, 240 days) being the youngest winners for Actress and Supporting Actress respectively.
No change on the old side – Christopher Plummer in Beginners
is still the oldest, whilst Ellen Burstyn, Laurie Metcalf and Mickey Rourke are still the oldest for Actress, Supporting Actress and Actor respectively.
The youngest batch of winners are the 1995 victors – Nicolas Cage (32 years, 78 days), Julie Delpy (26 years, 95 days), Kevin Spacey (36 years, 243 days) and Kate Winslet (20 years, 172 days) averaged out to 28 years, 330 days.
The oldest batch came in 2017 – despite featuring Timothee Chalamet’s win, the combination of Frances McDormand (60 years, 254 days), Willem Dafoe (62 years, 225 days) and Laurie Metcalf (62 years, 261 days) meant the average age of the winners was 52 years and 16 days. LONGEST NOMINATED PERFORMANCE (SO FAR)
Times come from Matthew Stewart at Screentime Central (https://www.screentimecentral.com/
) and are still a work in progress due to incomplete times.
Denzel Washington barely squeaked into the lead for longest nominated and winning performance, with the 2 hours, 21 minutes and 58-second-long performance for Malcolm X
running under a minute longer than Leo’s 2 hours, 21 minutes and 7 second performance from The Wolf of Wall Street
For nominees; Isabelle Huppert in Elle
(1 hour, 49 minutes, 55 seconds) and Ethan Hawke in Training Day
(1 hour, 14 minutes and 27 seconds) retain their records for Actress and Supporting Actor, whilst Marianne Jean-Baptiste rolled into the lead for Supporting Actress with her Secrets and Lies
performance running 1 hour and 38 seconds.
For winners, Natalie Portman in Black Swan
(1 hour, 29 minutes, 18 seconds) and Mahershala Ali in Green Book
(1 hour, 6 minutes, 38 seconds) maintain their records in Actress and Supporting Actor. Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility
(59 minutes, 32 seconds) is the new longest Supporting Actress winner. SHORTEST NOMINATED PERFORMANCE (SO FAR)
All change here – Judi Dench’s cameo as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love
took the record for shortest performance nominated at just 5 minutes, 52 seconds. Another glorified cameo, Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross
, became the shortest male performance nominated at a mere 7 minutes, 45 seconds.
In the leads, new data released found that Laura Linney’s performance in The Squid and the Whale
ran a mere 19 minutes and 29 seconds, the shortest for a lead. Finally, Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs
, a mere 24 minutes and 52 seconds long, became the shortest Best Actor performance nominated.
Hopkins was also the shortest Best Actor winner – Frances McDormand became the shortest Best Actress winner, with her role in Fargo
clocking in at just 27 minutes and 9 seconds. Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis kept their shortest supporting records for Moonlight
respectively. MOST NOMINATED ANIMATED/FOREIGN PERFORMANCES
Thanks to a staggering six
nominations in a row, Gong Li blew into the lead but stumbled with none of those nominations bringing in any gold. Congregating at second we have four actors; Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, Song Kang-ho and Tony Leung. Kang-ho and Binoche are tied with Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Irene Jacob for most victories in the Best Non-English Performance category.
Nobody has come close to dethroning Andy Serkis’ eight nominations in the Best Voiceover Performance, nor his five victories. Tom Hanks obtained four nominations solely for voicing Woody in Toy Story
, the most for a single character, and is at 2 wins, tying him second with Josh Brolin.
Twenty performances in the core 4 acting nominations have been non-English performances, though none have been victorious. Marion Cotillard’s three nominations is the most that fits this category. MOST DIRECTING NOMINATIONS
With 8 nominations each, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino lead the pack in nominations. David Fincher is right behind with 7, whilst P.T. Anderson, the Coen Brothers and Christopher Nolan racked up 6 nods apiece. MULTIPLE DIRECTING WINS
Cuaron is still on top with 3 wins; David Fincher joined the 2-director winner club and Steven Spielberg added two with Schindler’s List
and Saving Private Ryan
. YOUNGEST DIRECTING NOMINATIONS/WINNER
John Singleton became the youngest nominee at just 24 years and 44 days when he got nominated for Best Director for Boyz n the Hood
. Paul Thomas Anderson takes 2nd and 3rd place for Boogie Nights
, knocking down previous champ Ryan Coogler (for Creed
) down to 4th. Rushmore
(Wes Anderson), Reservoir Dogs
(Quentin Tarantino), Whiplash
(Damien Chazelle), Juno
(Jason Reitman), Being John Malkovich
(Spike Jonze) and District 9
(Neill Blomkamp) round out the top 10. The youngest winner is now Quentin Tarantino, who won for Pulp Fiction
on his 32nd birthday. OLDEST DIRECTING NOMINEES/WINNER
The top 7 is the same as last time – The Irishman
, Million Dollar Baby
, Mystic River
, The Wolf of Wall Street
, Mad Max: Fury Road
– Scorsese dominating as he did last time. Robert Altman is the new man in this list, with Short Cuts
and The Player
coming in at 8th and 10th. Terence Malick for The Tree of Life
finishes off the top 10. At 70 years, 362 days, George Miller is still the oldest winner for his Fury Road
victory. Additionally, if he had lived to his nomination Stanley Kubrick would have made the top 10 eldest nominees for Eyes Wide Shut
- the first posthumously nominated director would have been 71 years and 204 days, pushing him into the top 5. MOST COMPOSING NOMINATIONS/WINS
The same names as last time make up the top 5 nominations for Best Original Score but in a different order. Thanks to a strong decade (and a weak one for his main rival) John Williams moved up to first place with 15 nominations, supplanting Hans Zimmer, who now has 14 nominations (four of which being collaborations). Howard Shore moved up to third with 9 nods, surpassing Alexandre Desplat, whose 8 nominations make him the most nominated composer to not win. Thomas Newman fended off his cousin Randy, as well as Danny Elfman, to retain his spot in the top 5 with 7 nominations.
With three wins in the 90s John Williams moved up to joint first with Howard Shore and Hans Zimmer, who also added on a third Oscar for The Lion King
. Alan Menken’s back to back wins for Beauty and the Beast
and Thomas Newman’s additional trophy for American Beauty
allowed the two to join Michael Giacchino and Jonny Greenwood in the multiple winners club.
When we take Original Song into consideration things change around a bit. Thanks to the Disney Renaissance Alan Menken’s nominations in Best Original Song swelled to 15 – add on three Original Score nominations and he moves into the lead with 18 music nominations, passing John Williams who added on a song nomination (Somewhere in My Memory from Home Alone
) to acquire 16 music nominations. Randy Newman’s 8 nominations for Song and 5 for Score combine to put him at fourth place musically, whilst three song nominations for Howard Shore gives him fifth place with 12 nominations total. With ten nominations combined from Song and Score, Danny Elfman leapfrogged past Desplat and Thomas Newman (who himself has another nomination for Song with Down to Earth from WALL-E
) with their 8 nominations each.
With seven nominations for Best Original Song, lyricist Tim Rice has the most nominations in the category without being nominated for Original Score. Howard Ashman, Stephen Schwartz and David Zippel congregate behind him with 5 nominations each. Some notable names in the pop world who have acquired multiple nominations include Elton John, who has taken 6 nominations and 2 wins, Bono and The Edge, who acquired 3 nominations (bandmates Adam Clayton and Larry Mullens Jr. were writers on two of these), and Sting, Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen with 2 nominations each.
Overall, Alan Menken and Randy Newman tied for most wins in the Best Original Song category with 3 each – all their wins were for Disney and Pixar films respectively. Elton John and Tim Rice are behind with 2 each.
Eight films won both Best Original Score and Song – Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Toy Story, Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Skyfall
and La La Land
. Of those, Beauty and the Beast
, The Lion King
, Toy Story
and La La Land
also won Best Soundtrack. Of those of those, The Lion King
was the only one to win Best Sound. MOST CINEMATOGRAPHY NOMINATIONS/WINS
Roger Deakins went from tying to being comfortably first, taking his nominations to 14. He moved right past former record tier Robert Richardson who settled in second with 11. Quite far behind them were Emmanuel Lubezki (6) and Wally Pfister (5).
Lubezki's 5 wins is still the most, but Deakins managed to come close as he bought his total wins to 4. Andrew Lesnie is third with his three LotR wins and Pfister tied with Janusz Kaminski to take 5th with two each. LONGEST AND SHORTEST NOMINEES/WINNERS
At a staggering 467 minutes, the longest running nominee was OJ: Made in America
, nominated for Best Documentary in 2016. Second place is the longest nominated narrative feature; Satantango
, nominated for Best Non-English Film in 1994, runs a crazy 432 minutes. Fifth place is the longest winner of the bunch; A Brighter Summer Day
, which won Best Non-English Film in 1991, is 237 minutes long… but it still looks like a Looney Tunes short next to the longest nominees!
On the other end of the scale, Fires of Kuwait
, nominated for Best Documentary in 92, runs at a mere 36 minutes, making it the shortest film we’ve nominated. The shortest narrative feature was DragonBall Z: The Tree of Might
(61 minutes) and Following
was the shortest live-action narrative film at a mere 68 minutes. Paris Is Burning
, the 1990 winner of Best Documentary, is the shortest winner at just 71 minutes, whilst The Nightmare Before Christmas
, at 76 minutes, is the shortest narrative feature to win. Clocking in at just 80 minutes, Run Lola Run
is the shortest live-action narrative winner. BIGGEST LOSER
Gong Li and Alexandre Desplat look like Andy Serkis compared to our biggest Oscar loser – nominated four times for Actor and once for Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Voice Performance and Directorial Debut but taking home no gold, George Clooney has reached the double digits mark of no victories. A record nobody wants, for sure. MOST UNIQUE CATEGORIES NOMINATED IN
But George can take some solace in the fact that he was nominated in 7 categories (mentioned in the above), tied for the most unique categories nominated in. He’s tied with Alfonso Cuaron, who has been nominated for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography and Non-English Film. MOST NOMINATIONS, TOTAL?
However, with 5 different category wins, Joel and Ethan Coen have the widest spread of wins overall – the duo has won for Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay and Editing. Add on a nomination for Best Original Song and the brothers have gotten into six different categories. Altogether, Joel and Ethan have acquired a crazy 33 nominations, putting the likes of Alan Menken (18) and Paul Thomas Anderson (19) to shame. If anybody can point out someone who’s got more than them, do point them out to me!
That’s all for now! If you want me to look at another stat, comment below and let me know. I’ll see you again when we kick off the 1980s!