This Oscar trivia will boost your savvy — or at least reveal a thing or 2

LOS ANGELES — The 85th Academy Award nominations certainly managed a few surprises Thursday morning — no nominations for directors Ben Affleck ("Argo") or Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), lots of Oscar warmth for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and Michael Haneke's French-language drama "Amour."

But the nominations announcement also yielded some fun trivia, too.

Did you know:

  • There are four first-time nominees in the lead acting categories: Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables"), Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour") and Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild").
  • France's Riva, 85, is the oldest lead actress nominee in Academy Awards history; Wallis, 9, is the youngest.

Gloria Stuart, who was 87 when she was nominated for her supporting performance in "Titanic," stands as the oldest nominee. The youngest actor to ever be nominated was 8-year-old Justin Henry for "Kramer Vs. Kramer."

  • Nine of the 20 acting nominees — Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz, Sally Field and Helen Hunt — are previous Oscar winners in the acting races.
  • "Lincoln's" Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg share the record for the most best picture nominations with eight each.
  • "Amour" is the fifth film to be nominated for both best picture and best foreign film. It joins the ranks of "Z," "The Emigrants," "Life Is Beautiful" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
  • "Silver Linings Playbook" is the first film with nominations for best picture, director, screenplay and all four acting categories since Warren Beatty's 1981 epic "Reds."


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