I heard an Arcade Fire song on the radio yesterday. It wasn’t “Afterlife,” but I started thinking about the live video they did for it with Greta Gerwig performing and Spike Jonze directing. Gerwig’s recent Best Director Oscar nomination got me thinking about Jonze’s nomination history, so I looked it up.
It turns out Jonze got three nominations for Her – picture, original screenplay, and song, the latter of which he won. He also got a directing nom for Being John Malkovich back in 2000, making a total of four.
Interestingly, those four nominations are all in different categories. Has anyone else done this? Has anyone else come close? Wikipedia’s Oscar records page didn’t help and I couldn’t find anything by googling. (I found a goldderby.com forum link that mentioned a few people with noms in 5+ categories, but didn’t see anything about their nom/category ratio.)
Walt Disney: Best Animated Short Subject (or the equivalent), Best Picture (Mary Poppins), Best Live Action/Documentary Short Subject, Best Feature Documentary. Plus a couple of honorary Oscars for Fantasia and Snow White
Orson Welles: Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Director. Plus an honorary award.
Charlie Chaplin: Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Original Score plus two honorary awards.
Very nice! I’m guessing 5 total nominations in 5 categories won’t be beaten, but I also though that about 4 in 4, so…
Guillermo del Toro has 4 nominations in 3 categories – Original Screenplay, Director, and Picture for The Shape of Water, along with a second original screenplay for Pan’s Labyrinth. Wikipedia’s list of GdT awards mentions the Best Foreign Film nomination for Pan’s Labyrinth, which he directed/produced/wrote, but that award technically goes to the film’s country (Mexico). So, sorta kinda maybe it’s 5 in 4? Maybe?
I don’t have a cite, but have heard that his contracts used to stipulate that he be put up for as many Oscars as he qualified for. I think he gave up on that requirement after Dick Tracy. The “For Your Consideration” ads in Variety were a bit of an embarrassment.