Going for Gold

The Oscar Nods by the Numbers

Which category’s actors have rung up 20 nominations? Kevin Fallon on the Academy’s intriguing figures.

Much about this year’s Oscar nominations invites opinion —Ben Affleck was snubbed! Amy Adams, really?—but some points about the contenders come down to fact. Interesting fact, natch.

This year’s Best Actress group, for example, includes both the oldest (Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva) and youngest (Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis) nominees ever in that category. It would take almost an entire day to watch all of this year’s Best Picture nominees, as eight of the nine films clock in at more than two hours. Best Supporting Actor boasts not just the oldest nominees—314 total years between them—but the most decorated as well: all five actors have won before, and have 20 previous nominations combined.

Here, a rundown of the most interesting facts and figures from the 2013 Oscar nominations.