The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made its announcements, and movie buffs are lining up either to cheer or fume. Here are a few interesting bits of trivia connected to the 2010 nominations. ---
1) Much was made of the switch to 10 Best Picture nominations, but it's hardly the first time the Academy went with more than five. From 1932 - 1943, a double-digit roster of Best Picture nominations was the norm, topping out at 12 nominations in 1934 and 1935.
2) Avatar managed nine nominations without a single one in an acting category, but that's one record it won't be breaking. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King scored 11 nominations without an acting nod ... and, by the way, won every last one of those 11 awards.
3) Meryl Streep continues to add to her record acting nominations tally with her 16th for Julie & Julia. Seems like an unbreakable number, but then again that's what we thought about Titanic.
4) Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) became only the fourth woman ever nominated for Best Director. There has never been a female winner.
5) Lee Daniels (Precious) becomes only the second African-American ever nominated for Best Director. There has never been a black winner.
6) Up becomes the first animated film nominated for Best Picture since Beauty and the Beast nearly 20 years ago. But the ghetto Animated Film category has nothing to do with that.
7) Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) could very well become "Academy Award-winner Sandra Bullock." Just let that sink in for a moment.
8) A movie about Coco Chanel was nominated for Best Costume Design. I did not see that coming.
9) 2010 marks the first time ever that two films released in 3-D (Avatar and Up) were nominated for Best Picture. C'mon, Precious, you just weren't trying hard enough.
10) Someone has to explain the difference between "sound mixing" and "sound editing" every damned year. Is that not enough of a clue that maybe one award is sufficient?