2015 Oscar Nominations Impact

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Of the 20 acting individuals singled out in yesterday’s Oscar nominations announcement, 11 have been to the dance before.  The 9 newbies bring to 895 the total number of competitive acting nominees in Oscar history.  Welcome to the club: Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Michael Keaton, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, and Emma Stone.

Most of the return nominees have been to the Oscar party for acting only one previous time: Marion Cotillard, Laura Dern, Ethan Hawke, Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Reese Witherspoon are all enjoying nomination #2.  Cotillard and Witherspoon have had the full-on experience; each of their first nominations resulted in a Best Actress Oscar.  Further, Hawke has also been nominated twice before as a screenwriter, so this is officially nomination #4 for Ethan.

5 of this year’s actors can be classified as multiple acting nominees, as they are enjoying their third nomination (or more): Bradley Cooper (3), Robert Duvall (7), Julianne Moore (5), Edward Norton (3), Meryl Streep (19).  Of this group, Duvall and Streep are previous winners; Duvall took home the Lead Actor prize, while Streep has 2 Best Actress Oscars and 1 Supporting Actress trophy on her mantel.

The book, And the Winner Really Is by Ken Grout, considers the number of acting nominations and wins in its quest to identify the Top 100 onscreen performers in Oscar history.  One of many sub-categories presented in the book is the Top 10 artists by decade.  This year’s nominations have impact on both the overall chart and the decade-specific rankings for the period 2010-Present.

Robert Duvall – by being nominated for a 7th time in his career, Duvall, who currently stands at #36 overall, jumps up to #24, bumping Judi Dench down to #25 and sandwiching himself between Dame Judi and Greer Garson (#23).

Julianne Moore – by being nominated for a 5th time in her career, Moore, who previously resided outside the Top 100 at position #145 leaps onto the Top 100 at #98, pushing last year’s new addition to the Top 100 club, Amy Adams, down to #99 and knocking Clark Gable off the Top 100 altogether.

Bradley Cooper – garnering a third nomination in three years doesn’t place Cooper anywhere near our Top 100, but it does jump him onto the Top 10 list for this decade.  Simply by snagging his nomination, Cooper vaults into the Top 10 for the period 2010-Present at #4, knocking Amy Adams down to #5 and kicking last year’s Best Actress, Cate Blanchett, out of the Top 10 for now altogether.

Meryl Streep – snagging her 19th nomination changes absolutely nothing for Streep.  She further cements her position at #1 overall and holds at #2 for the current decade, behind Jennifer Lawrence.

Now…if, as widely expected, the winners announced February 22 are Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, and Patricia Arquette, the only Top 100 impact will be for Moore, but what an impact.  Julianne will join the rarified ranks of the 5+ nomination club (she will become only its 57th member) and, by winning, she will cut the Top 100 nearly in-half, leaping ahead of Morgan Freeman and debuting on the chart at #54.  But we will have to wait until 2/22 to have the official word.

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