Another year, another set of Oscar nominees. And while all are lucky to be in the mix, some are twice as lucky. There are always a few double dippers each year, individuals recognized in multiple categories or, sometimes, twice in the same category. So who’s in the club this time around?
Let’s start with “Amour” director Michael Haneke, because you could actually make a case for him being a triple nominee this year. He was recognized individually in the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories, but he will also be the one to accept the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film should “Amour” wind up victorious there. Alas, the nomination “officially” goes to the film’s country of origin, Austria in this case, but the fact is Haneke is in a position to walk away with three trophies next month. No one else can say that this year.
David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) will be seeing a lot of each other, as each was featured in both the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories. Fellow Best Director nominee Steven Spielberg, meanwhile, is also a nominee as producer of Best Picture contender “Lincoln.” Ditto Ang Lee, chalked up for Best Director and Best Picture for “Life of Pi.”
(All of the directors nominated this year, therefore, are double-nominees. Intriguing, that.)
Rounding out the above-the-line talent, Mark Boal joins Spielberg in the Best Picture category as producer of nominee “Zero Dark Thirty,” and he’ll also be duking it out with Haneke in the Best Original Screenplay field.
The below-the-line categories can often feature multi-nominated talent, and this year is no different. Sound mixer Andy Nelson was nominated for both “Lincoln” and “Les Misérables,” with a very real shot at winning the latter. Mychael Danna, meanwhile, didn’t just receive his first nomination this year but his second, as well, for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “Life of Pi.”
Finally, William Goldenberg joins Nelson as the only other nominee to be recognized for two different films this year. He was nominated in the Best Film Editing category for both “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
So congratulations to those nine individuals on their tallies. And best of luck to them. At least they have the added benefit of better odds with a couple of shots on goal!
(Also, worth noting in all of this is that George Clooney’s nomination in the Best Picture category as producer of “Argo” breaks a record, making him a nominee in six different categories to date. Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay were the others.)
The 85th Academy Awards will be held on February 24, 2013.