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Obscure TriviaBest Actress NomineeNominated Film and Year
All the publically traded companies that made products featured in her nominated film saw their share prices fall directly after the film’s release.
She fractured two ribs and injured her knee in rehearsal for the film so the scenes where she is seen only from the chest up were filmed while she was in a wheelchair.
Her director has been known to use improvisation heavily in all his films but this technique is most visible in the scene in which this nominee is arrested.
She went the whole nine yards in her nominated performance when a scene required her to dance around in a bear costume.
She has said of her Oscar-winning performance that involved a graphic nude sex scene, “I don’t really see a reason to ever go that far again. That was a unique movie.”
Although her nominated film’s title is first recognized as a religious allusion, it’s actually a double entendre: “grace” is a slang term for heroin.
She garnered her fifth career nomination for a film she made right after her second lowest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes, a remake of All the King’s Men.
Her nominated character’s name is spoken only once onscreen throughout the entire film.
Her nominated film was shot chronologically at the time of filming but presented in the final cut of the film as a non-linear storyline.
In scenes involving kitchen preparation, all close-up shots of her hands were, for some reason, actually not hers but the hands of an extra.
Twentieth Century Fox refused to make her nominated film because they believed she and her co-star were too old for the film to actually make money.
She was 22 years old when she played her nominated character, who is only 16 in the film.
Her nomination marks the second time that she and another actress have been nominated in the same year but in different categories for playing the same role.
Her nominated film was the subject after controversy after a producer, and allegedly co-star Gary Oldman, denounced it for having overt Democratic sympathies.
Roger **** called her physically-transforming Oscar-winning performance “not a performance but an embodiment… one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema.”
The music in her nominated film is actually performed live onscreen, not pre-recorded.
The first woman and only second person overall (after Adrien Brody) to win a Cesar Award and an Oscar for the same performance.
Knowing her director was intensely involved in ensuring the film had a distinct color style, she suggested her character be a blonde, realizing that would work best for the style.
Among others considered for her nominated role were Oscar-winners Jodie Foster, Angelina Jolie, Hilary Swank and Kate Winslet.
Her Oscar-winning character doesn’t actually appear in the film until 30 minutes in.
She contacted David Lindsay-Abaire, the writer of the play her nominated film is based off of, in 2006 without even seeing the play.
In the scene where her character throws up in a school toilet, graffiti on the wall in the background calls her nominated character a “nasty old lezza.”
Heavily favoured, critics were a-buzz over the fact that her win would make her the two-time Best Actress winner with the longest period between awards (41 years), but she lost.
She initially turned down her nominated role after being horrified by the script but later changed her mind and, in an interview, said that it was her greatest career achievement.
For her nominated role, she had to learn to fight, chop wood and, most notably, skin a squirrel.
When she was cast in her nominated role, many fans criticized the decision to cast her because she was neither British nor overweight.
Her second and most recent Best Actress nomination focuses on a sibling relationship, coincidentally just like her first nomination.
She and her co-star in her nominated film spent a month living together in order to make their relationship onscreen seem more believable.
Obscure TriviaBest Actress NomineeNominated Film and Year
The sex scenes in her Oscar-winning role were shot last on the production schedule in order for her much younger male co-star to turn 18.
She got a brief taste of directing on her nominated film after her director, who appeared in the film as a minister, told her and co-star Mark Ruffalo to direct him in his scenes.
She initially turned down her Oscar-winning role due to, of all things, a discomfort with portraying a devout Christian.
After playing her Oscar-winning role, she was given the opportunity to meet the real woman she played onscreen but had to decline due to obligations to another film shoot.
The agents of her and her co-star argued over the billing on the movie poster, settling on “diagonal billing” where both actresses' names were first.
Only Canadian Best Actress nominee in the 2000s.
Only Best Actress nominee in the 2000s to be nominated for playing a man (sort of.)
Despite having different names, her nominated character was based on a real woman named Lois Jenson.
Although she is not Russian-born like her nominated character, her great-great-grandmother was actually a Russian countess.
She won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy but still lost out on the elusive Oscar that critics still argue she should’ve won for her 1999 film.
She wore only one fake body element for her nominated film; weirdly, it was a fake booty.
She was nominated for Best Actress in the same year that her significant other was nominated for Best Actor for a different film.
Her nominated film shares similarities with Chicago: both were Broadway shows and both gained four acting nominations: one for Actress, one for Supp Actor and two for Supp Actress.
Her nominated film was the first motion picture based on a blog.
During auditions, she told casting directors that could swim but when it came time for the actual swimming scenes, she admitted she could not.
According to one interview, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom allegedly thought she was joking when she told them she was nominated for an Oscar.
Her role in her nominated film is based semi-autobiographically on the director’s own wife.
Her Oscar-winning role required her to make her voice sound more childlike, even after years of training to make her voice sound more adult due to criticism from Mike Nichols.
She went the extra mile for her nominated film, doing many of the paintings seen in the movie.
During filming, she contracted a serious bacterial infection from a blister but chose not to tell her director because she did not believe her Oscar-winning character would do so.
Her director shot 15 takes of her slapping co-star Marisa Tomei, even though the first take was the one that ended up being used.
She decided to skip school and go to an audition for her nominated role after her normal route to school was blocked by a film crew working on American Gangster.
She is the only Best Actress nominee ever to be nominated for a reprisal of a role (a role she had already played.)
Her nominated film’s title comes from an Alexander Pope poem “Eloisa to Abelard” that was also used in her screenwriter’s earlier film nominated for Oscars in 1999.
This Oscar-winner was promoted to the Best Actress category over her two co-stars (one of whom was nominated in the Supporting category) despite having the least screen time.
The real life woman she played had a cameo in the film as well, playing a waitress with the same name as this Oscar-winner.
The children of three famous men (former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, playwright David Mamet and Steve Spielberg) also act in bit parts in her nominated film.

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