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George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by Katiedot on Fri Jan 11 2013, 23:14

It's an older post, but I believe with the nominations out yesterday, it's now become true:

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George Clooney poised to break an Oscar record with 'Argo'

A Best Picture nod would make the star a nominee in six different categories

By Guy Lodge Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012

On a slow news day for awards pundits, my mind got to wandering -- as is the rather tragic wont of awards pundits' minds -- to matters of trivia and statistics. When a colleague asked me to provide him with a list of the 2012 Oscar nominees that can, even at this early stage, be set in stone, one of the few titles I could comfortably jot down for inclusion, of course, was "Argo." Its current, widely perceived status as the Best Picture frontrunner isn't unassailable, but there are no grounds on which one can doubt its nomination: critically and commercially proven, popular in the industry, with no weaknesses in sight, it's officially in the black, as it were.

That means Ben Affleck can add at least one nomination -- well, with Best Director, almost certainly two -- to an Oscar record sheet that has remained unmarked since his joint screenplay win for "Good Will Hunting" 15 years ago. Win or lose, it's a happy turn of events for a career many thought was headed for punchline status a decade ago. But he's not the only major Hollywood star for whom an "Argo" nod would represent a milestone: some guy called George Clooney stands to make history with the film.

Until I saw the film's closing credits roll, it had somehow escaped my attention that Clooney was a producer on "Argo" -- together with his regular producing partner, Grant Heslov, and Affleck. As his name flashed by, however, it made perfect sense that he was involved: the actor may not appear on screen, but the film's hearty political engagement, slick patter and throwback craftsmanship make it very much of a piece with Clooney's more prominently branded work; I'd wager it's a better film than any he's directed, but it's not hard to imagine him having done the honors.

So it seems fitting rather than arbitrary that -- bar some kind of finicky producers' ruling on the Academy's part -- "Argo" is poised to land Clooney his first Best Picture nomination. (You'd be forgiven for thinking he nabbed one with "Good Night, and Good Luck." in 2005, but Heslov was actually the sole producer on that one.) Moreover, that nomination will bring Clooney to a significant Oscar record: the first individual to score Academy Award nominations in six separate categories.

Last year saw Clooney bring the tally to five, adding a first Best Adapted Screenplay bid (for "The Ides of March") to an Oscar résumé that already included mentions for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay ("Good Night, and Good Luck."), Best Actor ("Michael Clayton," 2007; "Up in the Air," 2009; "The Descendants," 2011) and Best Supporting Actor (2005's "Syriana," his lone win). Coincidentally, the last Oscar race also saw British star Kenneth Branagh match the five-category record, adding a Best Supporting Actor nod for "My Week With Marilyn" to previous citations for Best Director and Best Actor ("Henry V," 1989), Best Live-Action Short ("Swan Song," 1992) and Best Adapted Screenplay ("Hamlet," 1996).

In doing so, Clooney and Branagh jointly joined a pedestal occupied by none other than Warren Beatty and John Huston. Beatty had checked off Best Picture ("Bonnie and Clyde," 1967; "Heaven Can Wait," 1978; "Reds," 1981; "Bugsy," 1991), Best Director ("Heaven Can Wait"; "Reds," his lone win), Best Actor ("Bonnie and Clyde," "Heaven Can Wait," "Reds," "Bugsy"), Best Original Screenplay ("Shampoo," 1975; "Bulworth," 1998) and Best Adapted Screenplay ("Heaven Can Wait," "Reds").

Huston, meanwhile, had reached the record first, scoring for Best Picture ("Moulin Rouge," 1952), Best Director ("The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," 1948; "The Asphalt Jungle," 1950; "The African Queen," 1951; "Moulin Rouge"; "Prizzi's Honor," 1985); assorted renamed writing categories amounting the original and adapted, and even Best Supporting Actor ("The Cardinal," 1963).

John Huston, Warren Beatty, George Clooney and Kenneth Branagh makes for a rather stylish quartet of joint record-holders -- though spare a thought for Branagh, the only one of the four never to have won in any category. In any event, it looks to be a short-lived club, with "Argo" helping Clooney plant a new flag in a sixth category. It'll mark his eighth nomination overall, a number all the more impressive for having been reached in only eight years. Should "Argo" win the top prize, meanwhile, he'll become only the second person to take Oscars for both producing and acting -- the first being Michael Douglas, for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Wall Street," respectively.

This may be little more than trivia, though it does underline how Clooney -- routinely compared to Warren Beatty in the media, conveniently enough -- has cultivated a reach and range of influence far beyond most of his peers in the industry. (Next stop: costume design.) "Argo" may be overwhelmingly Ben Affleck's cause, but it does offer voters the chance to polish the crowns of two Hollywood princes.

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Re: George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by it's me on Fri Jan 11 2013, 23:17

6!!!!

W O W Love3

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Re: George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by silly girl on Fri Jan 11 2013, 23:21

Well at least he has a legacy....

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Re: George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by Maggy on Fri Jan 11 2013, 23:56

it's me wrote:6!!!!

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Double 'W O W'!

Congratulations George! I love you

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Re: George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by very vera on Fri Jan 11 2013, 23:58

cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers
SIX CHEERS FOR SIX


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Re: George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by Joanna on Fri Jan 11 2013, 23:59

Wow that's good.

He's GOT to do a musical now for a full house !

Drink 2 Maybe first ? lol!


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Re: George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by LornaDoone on Sat Jan 12 2013, 04:59

Well, when he does a remake of Tootsie maybe he can get nominated for Best Actress too.

Brahahahahahahahahahaaaaa cough cough OMG! I'm making myself choke!

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Re: George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by Best in Category on Sat Jan 12 2013, 08:09

awesome! Very Happy

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Post by amaretti on Sat Jan 12 2013, 16:00

Best actress . Ha ha ha ha he heee

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Post by melbert on Sat Jan 12 2013, 17:36

Yay George!

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Post by OofOof on Sat Jan 12 2013, 21:54

Quite an accomplishment.

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Re: George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by NotAvailable on Sun Jan 13 2013, 01:13

Well, yes, our guy has pulled it off in a film someone else directed this time. But his hand print was all over it. Just his type of film. Producing films can get you 6 places to thrive in and sometimes more! And it couldn't have happened to a better man at a better time!!! 2013, the year after... Superdupercool

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Re: George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by playfuldeb on Sun Jan 13 2013, 03:38

Congratulations to George. Wonder what his next record-breaking endeavor will be ! :- )

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Re: George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by lucy on Sun Jan 13 2013, 05:09

Next record-breaking endeavor most girlfriends in a 20 year span. Who knows what his film making future holds, but I believe it's only the beginning for him and Grant.

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Re: George Clooney breaks Oscars record: first person ever to be nominated in 6 different categories

Post by amaretti on Sun Jan 13 2013, 05:29

Oh my.

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Post by Mazy on Sun Jan 13 2013, 22:05

lucy
I agree with you, GTC only gets better, and Grant seems to be the right partner.

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