Forget the Super Bowl; The 86th Academy Awards are creeping up on us and before the big event, it's very important to be fully informed. Don't miss it: March 2nd 7 p.m. on ABC, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. If you couldn't find the time to see all the movies, here are 10 things you must know in order to be an educated viewer:
10. Gravity only had two actors in the entire film: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Sandra was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (the highest award an actor could receive), while Clooney was left with nothing. As a wise man (known as Glen Coco) once put it: "And none for George Clooney."
9. American Hustle and Gravity each have 10 nominations, and 12 Years A Slave has nine nominations. If you were wondering which movies to cram in this weekend, I think that answers your question.
8. The Golden Globes are not telling. Or the SAGs, where the actors are voting for each other. Each year, people expect to see similar results. But don't be fooled: the winners as usually very different, and The Academy always pulls a lot of unexpected twists.
7. This is Matthew McConaughey's first Oscar nomination. I know, I thought he would've been nominated for How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days too.
6. Oprah wasn't nominated for her role in The Butler. This was Oprah's first time acting in a movie in 15 years and although the film was given A+ reviews, the Academy didn't find her performance worthy.
5. Jennifer Lawrence is up for her third Oscar for American Hustle. Hopefully she'll take home the award for the second year in a row. It doesn't matter because her new pixie haircut has won all the awards in my book.
4. Jonah Hill is moving up. Way, way up. A few years ago he was known as the star of 21 Jump Street and Superbad. Albeit funny, they are not exactly noteworthy or critically acclaimed. Now, Jonah is up for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Wolf of Wall Street. Talk about a huge leap.
3. This is Meryl Streep's 18th Academy Award nomination. She's won three in the past. So basically, the Oscars are just a regular Sunday for Meryl. That's all.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Oscar. Shocking, I know. He is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Wolf of Wall Street. He's been nominated 3 times before.
1. OK -- this may not actually be the most important thing to know before the Oscars -- but Disney's Frozen is nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go".) If it doesn't win there will be an apocalypse. Started by me. IT. IS. SO. GOOD. (P.S.: If you haven't seen it yet, what are you doing with your life?)
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