The mask-less Oscars are happening this Sunday, and the BBC threw together a list of “geeky facts” related to this year’s ceremony.
Here are five highlights:
- The Sacha Baron Cohen movie “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” has already set a Guinness World Record for the longest title of any nominated movie in history. It has 110 characters.
The previous record-holder was “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines: Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes”, which was released in 1964. It has 85 characters.
- Chadwick Boseman was nominated posthumously, and it’s only the EIGHTH time that’s happened in 93 years. The previous ones are: Jeanne Eagels, Ralph Richardson, Massimo Troisi, Spencer Tracy, and James Dean (twice), plus Heath Ledger and Peter Finch who are the only two actors to have won after their deaths.
- Chadwick and Viola Davis could both win for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. The last time the winners of Best Actress and Best Actor were from the same movie was 1998 . . . when Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson won for “As Good As It Gets”.
- Viola is up for Best Actress, but she’s only on-screen in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” for 26 minutes and 41 seconds.
That means she actually appears on-screen for LESS TIME than two of the Supporting Actress nominees, Maria Bakalova and Olivia Colman, who have 40 and 35 minutes in “Borat 2” and “The Father”, respectively.
Viola also got a Best Supporting Actress nomination in 2009 for “Doubt”, despite only appearing in a single eight-minute scene.
- “Judas and the Black Messiah” apparently doesn’t have a lead character . . . according to the Academy.
The two main actors . . . Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield . . . are both nominated in the Best SUPPORTING Actor category. So, who’s the lead?
The explanation is . . . there just isn’t one. The Academy lets its voters choose which category to nominate somebody in . . . and they just put both of them in the supporting category.
(You can find all 19 “geeky facts,” here.)