Well, "Fun Oscar Facts" can also be titled: Give Peter O'Toole a damned Oscar for his acting already! When it was announced that O'Toole received a nod for his work in Venus, he was set up to possibly be the highest nominated actor without a win. It's truly shocking to think about, considering the man's amazing roles. I cannot count the times my grandmother and I would gush about his performance as Alan Swann in My Favorite Year. If he wins for his role in Venus, O'Toole will finally get the statue he deserves. If not, he will dethrone Richard Burton, who he was tied with -- perhaps it is the curse of the Pussycat.

This isn't the only interest tidbit from Variety today. Meryl Streep is the most nominated actor, ever, with 14 -- not bad for a good 50 films. However, if Kate Winslet's current trajectory continues, she'll undoubtedly de-throne the impressive Streep. At 31, she's grabbed her 5th nomination, being the youngest actress to receive that many, and she's done it with only 19 movies. Not only is it surprising to think that she's been in so few films, but over 25% of her performances are worthy of Academy nominations.

Personally, I'm pulling for a supporting actor win from Alan Arkin for his grandfatherly role in Little Miss Sunshine. It has been a shocking 38 years since he received a nomination for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter in 1968, the same length of time between Jack Palance's nomination for Shane, and his win for City Slickers. With Jack's passing in November, I'd like nothing more than to see Arkin get up there and do a few one-handed push-ups to honor Palance.
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