Uncle John has an inside line to winning your Oscar pool—knowing Oscar movie trivia!
- Best Picture nominee American Sniper has to date earned $307.1 million at the box office. The other seven nominees have earned $293.5 million…combined.
- Morten Dylum, who directed The Imitation Game, is the first Norwegian ever nominated for Best Director.
- Four out of five of the nominees for Best Actor portray actual people. The fifth is almost real: Batman star Michael Keaton plays an actor who is best known for starring as a superhero named Birdman in Birdman.
- Two of the five nominees for Best Supporting Actor—Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo—have played the Incredible Hulk onscreen. Norton in The Incredible Hulk, and Ruffalo in The Avengers.
- Ethan Hawke is primarily known as an actor, and this year he earned his second Best Supporting Actor nomination for Boyhood. He already has two screenwriting nominations, for Before Sunset and Before Midnight.
- Robert Duvall got his seventh lifetime nomination for The Judge. At age 84, he’s the oldest actor ever nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
- Selma received just two nominations, for Best Song and Best Picture. If it wins Best Picture, it will be one of only three movies to win the big prize without a screenplay nomination. The other two: Titanic and The Sound of Music.
For more movie trivia, check out Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Hollywood.