RECORD BREAKERS: A few of this year's nominees are smashing records. "War Horse" producers Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy now share the record for most best picture nods. "The Iron Lady" actress Meryl Streep extended her lead as the most nominated performer with a 17th nomination. With his two original score nods for "The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse," John Williams is now second only to Walt Disney as the most nominated person with 47 nods. (Disney was nominated 59 times.)
MATCH POINT: It might be time for Woody Allen, who has only attended the Academy Awards once, to make a return trip to the ceremony. With his "Midnight in Paris" writing and directing nominations, Allen passes Billy Wilder in becoming a seven-time double nominee for writing and directing on the same film. Allen's nominations this year bring his total to 23 nods, second to composer John Williams. Allen was last nominated for best original screenplay for 2005's "Match Point."
BACK IN BLACK AND WHITE: "The Artist" is the 10th predominantly black-and-white film to be nominated for cinematography since 1967 when the separate black-and-white category was eliminated. The previous ten nominees were 2009's "The White Ribbon," 2005's "Good Night, and Good Luck," 2001's "The Man Who Wasn't There," 1993's "Schindler's List" and 1983's "Zelig," 1981's "Raging Bull," ''1974's "Lenny," 1971's "The Last Picture Show" and 1967's "In Cold Blood."
FIRST TIMERS: Gary Oldman and Jonah Hill now have at least one thing in common: They received their first Oscar nomination this year. In the acting categories, there are nine first-time nominees, including Melissa McCarthy, Rooney Mara, Jessica Chastain, Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo and Octavia Spencer. "Pina," the tribute to late choreographer Pina Bausch from German director Wim Wenders, is the first 3-D film to be nominated in the feature documentary category.
CLOONEY SQUARED: For the second time, George Clooney has received nominations in two different categories for two different films in the same year. He's up for his leading role in "The Descendants," as well as best adapted screenplay for "Ides of March." He won the best supporting actor trophy for "Syriana" and was nominated in the original screenplay category for "Good Night, and Good Luck" in 2005. He was also nominated as best director for "Good Night, and Good Luck."
Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.