Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actor nominee for Lincoln, is one of 12 actors who have won two Best Actor Oscars. Others include Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks and Sean Penn. If Daniel Day-Lewis wins this year, he will become the actor with the most Best Actor Oscars (three). He earlier won Best Actor for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood.
Lincoln co-stars Tommy Lee Jones, Best Supporting Actor nominee this year, and Daniel Day-Lewis previously competed for the Best Actor Oscar in 2008. Tommy Lee Jones was nominated for In The Valley Of Elah and lost to Daniel Day-Lewis who was nominated for There Will Be Blood.
The Master co-stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively, competed for Best Actor in 2006. Joaquin Phoenix, nominated for Walk The Line, lost to Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote.
Denzel Washington, Best Actor nominee for Flight, already has a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Glory and a Best Actor win for Training Day. If he wins this year, he will become one of three actors with the most overall wins (three Oscars). The other two are Walter Brennan (three Best Supporting Actor wins) and Jack Nicholson (two Best Actor, one Best Supporting Actor wins).
Three nominees this year will have a 100% strike rate if they win. Sally Field, Best Supporting Actress nominee for Lincoln, won both times she was last nominated (Best Actress for Norma Rae and Places In The Heart). Christoph Waltz, Best Supporting Actor nominee for Django Unchained, was nominated and won for Inglorious Basterds. Helen Hunt, Best Supporting Actress nominee for The Sessions, was nominated for Best Actress for As Good As It Gets, and won.
Five nominees this year have two previous wins to their credit: Steven Spielberg (Best Director for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan), Robert De Niro (Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather Part 2, Best Actor for Raging Bull), Sally Field (Best Actress for Norma Rae, Places In The Heart), Denzel Washington (Best Supporting Actor for Glory, Best Actor for Training Day) and Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood).
Five nominees this year previously won one Oscar each: Ang Lee (Best Director for Brokeback Mountain), Tommy Lee Jones (Best Supporting Actor for The Fugitive), Alan Arkin (Best Supporting Actor for Little Miss Sunshine), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Best Actor for Capote), and Christoph Waltz (Best Supporting Actor for Inglorious Basterds).
This is the second time that directors Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee are facing off at the Oscars. In 2006, Steven Spielberg, nominated for Munich, lost to Ang Lee who won for Brokeback Mountain.
If Emmanuelle Riva wins Best Actress nominee for Amour, she will become the oldest Best Actress winner at 85 and also the fifth French actress to win an Oscar after Claudette Colbert (Best Actress for It Happened One Night), Simone Signoret (Best Actress for Room At The Top), Marion Cotillard (Best Actress for La Vie En Rose), and Juliette Binoche (Best Supporting Actress for The English Patient).
Three directing nominees this year are also nominated for screenplay awards: David O Russell (Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook), Micheal Haneke (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay for Amour), and Benh Zeitlin (Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay for Beasts Of The Southern Wild).