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Oscar trivia: How many times has Meryl Streep been nominated?

Last updated on: February 25, 2014 09:22 IST

Oscar trivia: How many times has Meryl Streep been nominated?

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Think you know everything there is to know about the Oscars 2014? Read on.

We’ve discussed the nominees, we’ve lamented the omissions, and we’ve looked at each of the major categories.

But that’s never all, is it?

Oscar season would be nothing without a look at the astounding facts that mark out the year’s nominees.

Here’s what you should know about those in the running for the 86th Annual Academy Awards:

1. Meryl Streep -- who is nominated this year for her alarming hysterics in August: Osage County -- has set a new record for most acting nominations ever, with this being her 18th.

The previous record holder? Also Streep, who received her 17th nomination back in 2011.

She has won three Oscars of her 17 nominations before this one (The Iron Lady in 2012, Sofie's Choice in 1983 and Kramer vs Kramer in 1980).

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Image: Meryl Streep
Photographs: Julien M Hekimian/Getty Images

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2. Jennifer Lawrence makes a new record

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Jennifer Lawrence is up for Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle.

The actress won the award last year for Silver Lining’s Playbook, and was nominated in 2010 for Winter’s Bone.

The nomination this year makes Lawrence, 23, the youngest actress ever to be nominated for three Oscars.


Image: Jennifer Lawrence
Photographs: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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3. Megan Ellison's double joy

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Megan Ellison, the 28-year-old producer and founder of Annapurna Pictures, became the first woman to ever receive two Best Picture nominations in the same year, with her films American Hustle and Her both slugging it out for the top prize.

It’s something even Harvey Oscar-lovin’ Weinstein hasn’t been able to do, and we have to look to Scott Rudin (The Social Network and True Grit in 2011) and Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather II and The Conversation in 1974) to see people dominating that category thus.


Image: Megan Ellison
Photographs: Ilya S Savenok/Getty Images

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4. Woody Allen's 16th nomination!

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Woody Allen’s nomination for Best Original Screenplay sets him far above anyone else in the category.

This nomination for Blue Jasmine is a record-breaking 16th screenwriting nomination for Allen, the old record being his 15th nomination (and win) for Midnight In Paris in 2011.

Allen has won three screenplay Oscars and one for directing -- but it's not like he shows up to the ceremony to accept them.


Image: Woody Allen
Photographs: Larry Busacca/Getty Image

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5. And John Williams' 44th!

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But when it comes to nominations, you can add up Woody’s and Meryl’s and still fall well short of the nomination tally for composer John Williams.

Williams, who has won five times -- Fiddler On The Roof, Jaws, Star Wars, ET The Extra Terrestrial and Schindler’s List -- is up for The Book Thief this year, the Best Original Score nomination marking his 44th nomination in the category and his 49th overall.


Image: John Williams
Photographs: Valerie Macon/Getty Images

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6. Hobbit makes history

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is up for three Academy Awards -- Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing -- and with that Peter Jackson’s Tolkien-mining franchise, including the first Hobbit film and The Lord Of The Rings movies, stands tall with a whopping 36 nominations, more than any other movie series in history.


Image: Poster of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug


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7. Bruce Dern: Age is just a number

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Bruce Dern, at 77, the leading man in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska is the second-oldest actor to be nominated in the Best Actor category.

The oldest was Richard Farnsworth, who was 79 when nominated for The Straight Story (1999). 


Image: Bruce Dern
Photographs: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

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8. June Squibb to make history?

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Also in Nebraska we see veteran actress June Squibb, who, at 84, is the third-oldest woman to be nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award, and, should she win, will become the oldest woman to receive an Oscar for acting.


Image: June Squibb
Photographs: David Buchan/Getty Images

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