Oscar Nominations: Fun Facts, Stats and Firsts Galore

11:00 AM 1/26/2017

by THR staff

Amazon cracks the best picture category, tech giant Google scores a nom and a new generation of stars hope to make their mark at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 26.

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  • Amazon

    Amazon is the first streamer to score a best picture nom for Manchester by the Sea.

  • Google

    Google earned its first Oscar nomination with the animated short Pearl, which also is the first VR film to be nominated in any category.

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  • Kimberly Steward

    If Manchester wins best pic, Kimberly Steward will become the first African-American female producer Oscar winner. She joins Denzel Washington and Pharrell Williams to mark a record number of black producers nominated in the best picture category in the same year (there have been six others — Quincy Jones, Lee Daniels, Broderick Johnson, Reginald Hudlin, Steve McQueen and Oprah Winfrey — since 1989).

  • 'Tanna'

    Tanna is Australia’s first film nominated in the foreign-language category.

  • Joi McMillon

    Joi McMillon is the first African-American female editor to be nominated (with Nat Sanders for Moonlight).

  • Damien Chazelle

    A win for directing La La Land would make Damien Chazelle, 32, the youngest helmer to take home an Oscar.

  • Dede Gardner/Donna Gigliotti

    If either Moonlight producer Dede Gardner or Hidden Figures producer Donna Gigliotti wins for best picture, she'll be the first female producer to score two best pic Oscars (Gardner won for 12 Years a Slave; Gigliotti for Shakespeare in Love). This year marks the largest number ever of female producers (nine) to be nominated for best picture.

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, nominated for original song for Moana, could become the youngest member of the EGOT club (he's 37 and has three Tonys, an Emmy and a Grammy). Like two other EGOTs (Marvin Hamlisch and Richard Rodgers), the Hamilton creator also has a Pulitzer.