Oscars nominations: All the fun facts

The nominations for the 90th Oscars were announced Tuesday, with The Shape of Water, Dunkirk and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri leading the pack.

But the statistical quirks that the annual event throws up can be as intriguing as tracking which movies get the most nods.

Here are some fun facts and figures from this year’s list of nominees:

Female film-makers recognised 

The 7,000-plus voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences managed to remember this year that women make movies too.

Greta Gerwig, shown here at the Golden Globe Awards on January 7, is up for an Oscar for best director for “Lady Bird” — she is only the fifth female nominated in the category

Greta Gerwig, recognised for Lady Bird is only the fifth female best director nominee, and the first since Kathryn Bigelow won for The Hurt Locker in 2010.

Rachel Morrison, the director of photography on Mudbound is the first woman to receive a nomination for cinematography.

 Long live Queen Meryl 

Meryl Streep increases her lead as the most nominated performer in history with her 21st nod for Steven Spielberg’s The Post.

Her three wins were for Kramer vs Kramer (1979), Sophie’s Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011).

All hail the maestro 

John Williams — shown here at the Star Wars Celebration in April 2017 in Orlando, Florida — has the most Oscar nominations of any living person with 51

John Williams adds to his record number of music scoring nominations with his 46th for Star Wars: The last Jedi.

His overall total of 51 nominations — including five for original song — is the most for any living person, and second only to Walt Disney at 59.

 Kobe Bryant: Oscars MVP? 

Kobe Bryant — shown here addressing reporters in December as the Los Angeles Lakers prepared to retire his numbers — is an unlikely Oscar nominee

Basketballer Kobe Bryant, an 18-time NBA all-star, is an Oscar nominee thanks to his collaboration with artist Glen Keane and composer John Williams for the short Dear Basketball.

“What? This is beyond the realm of imagination,” Bryant, 39, tweeted following the announcement.

What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of @GlenKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It's an honor to be on this team. #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/M2joyk9D1V

— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 23, 2018

But not everyone will be delighted with the nod.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, it will be a reminder that the Los Angeles Lakers legend was arrested over the suspected rape of a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado in 2003.

Bryant admitted to a sexual encounter, but insisted it was consensual. The criminal case was dropped when the accuser refused to testify, but Bryant faced a civil suit.

As part of an out-of-court settlement, he publicly apologized to his accuser, but admitted no guilt.

Snubs and surprises 

Actor-filmmaker Denzel Washington picked up his 8th Oscar nomination for acting — a record for black actors

Among this year’s big snubs were Golden Globes nominees Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name) and Hong Chau (Downsizing), as well as Wonder Woman, which didn’t get a single nomination.

Mudbound and The Big Sick were conspicuously absent from the best picture category, though they received other nominations.

Steven Spielberg (The Post) and Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards) were both left out of the best director category, despite helming two of the most acclaimed movies of the year.

On the other side of the coin, Denzel Washington picked up a surprise 8th nomination for acting, expanding his own record as the most-nominated black actor in Oscars history. He has won twice, for Glory and Training Day.

Washington also has a nomination for best picture for Fences, which he directed and co-produced.

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