Oscar 2006: Breaking Records

The Oscar nominations announced today for the 79th Oscar telecast have broken a number of records.

Peter O'Toole

With his eighth acting nomination, for Miramax's “Venus,” Peter O'Toole may be a winner, no matter what happens. If he receives a legit, competitive Best Actor Oscar, it would be his first win.

If O'Toole doesn't win, he'll go down in Oscar's record books as the actor with the most Best Actor nominations without a win. The late Richard Burton, had received 7 Oscar nominations, but one was in the supporting league.

Meryl Streep

With her 14th nominations, in a career that spans less than three decades, Meryl Streep (Best Actress nominee for “The Devil Wears Prada”) furthers her lead for most nominated actor ever.

Runners-up are still Jack Nicholson and Katharine Hepburn, with 12 apiece.

Kevin O'Connell

O'Connell, nominated for sound mixing in “Apocalypto,” scores his 19th nod. He enhances his status as the Academy's most nominated individual who, so far, hasn't won.

Runners-up are the late composer Alex North and art director Roland Anderson, at 15 each.


The musical is the first live-action film to have three of its songs nominated. Two animated films can lay claim to the same record: “The Lion King” in 1994 and “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991.

Inconvenient Truth

The song “I Need to Wake Up,” from the Oscar-nominated docu “An Inconvenient Truth,” is the first song from a non-fictional film to be nominated since “More” from “Mondo Cane” was up for the song award in 1963.

Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin has gone 38 years since his last nomination, in 1968 as Best Actor for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” the same length of time that Jack Palance spent between “Shane” in 1953 and “City Slickers” in 1991.

Henry Fonda

Oscar-winner Henry Fonda is still the title holder at 41 years between his acting nominations: “The Grapes of Wrath” in 1940 and “One Golden Pond,” for which he won, in 1981.
Fonda's died three months after winning the Best Actor Oscar.

Kate Winslet

With “Little Children,” Kate Winslet, 31, becomes the youngest actress to garner five nominations, though not all in the lead category (3 Best Actress and 2 Supporting Actress). Winslet has so far made 19 movies.

The previous record holder was Olivia de Haviland, who secured her fifth nomination (4 lead and 1 supporting) at the age of 33. However, by that time, “The Heiress” in 1949, De Havilland had made 33 films.