The 90th Academy Awards by the Numbers
Jimmy Kimmel returns to emcee Hollywood’s biggest night, the 90th Academy Awards. Expect the host to either make lots of jokes about last year’s Best Picture fiasco (when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway inadvertently announced the wrong film) or just one joke about how he’s not going to joke about it. You can also count on one of the winners saying how heavy the statue is. (If you think 8.5 pounds is heavy.)
Otherwise, as Beatty and Dunaway can attest, anything can happen during film’s version of the Super Bowl. If three-time champ Daniel Day-Lewis triumphs for Phantom Thread, he’ll break the record for most wins by an actor.
The envelope, please…just make sure it’s the right one!
If Meryl Streep grabs gold for The Post, she’ll tie Katharine Hepburn as the most awarded actress (with four). Here’s more trivia you can use to wow friends during the commercials (and when those accountants come onstage).
The age of Christopher Plummer, the oldest acting nominee ever (for Best Supporting Actor in All the Money in the World). But Plummer is still one year younger than 89-year-old Best Adapted Screenplay hopeful James Ivory (Call Me by Your Name).
The total number of Best Picture nominees helmed by The Post director Steven Spielberg during his career, the most for any living filmmaker.
How many statues Mudbound’s Mary J. Blige, the first person ever nominated for a performance (Best Supporting Actress) and an original song in the same year for the same film, could nab.
The number of this year’s nominees who have also won a sports MVP award, multiple Olympic medals and five NBA Championships.
That honor goes to Kobe Bryant, a Best Animated Short Film contender for Dear Basketball. We’ve heard of an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), so would an Oscar win make Bryant a MOON?
90th Academy Awards, Sunday, March 4, 8/7c, ABCAlertMe
This article also appeared in the Mar. 5 - Mar. 18 issue of TV Guide Magazine.