Friday, February 28, 2014

A Smack Dab EXCLUSIVE: Oscar Nominee Birth Order Breakdown!

     The Smack Dab Blog is taking you behind the behind the scenes, with the scoop on the Oscar nominees you won’t find anywhere else. Probably because nobody else cares, but that’s not the point! An exclusive is an exclusive. (As a Middle Child, I’ll take whatever I can get, even if no one else wants it.) This is the only place where you can find out this year’s Middle Child nominees in the acting and director categories, along with a complete birth order breakdown for all the nominees in those categories. Of this year’s nominees, 11 are the youngest, seven are Middle Children, six are first borns, and one is an only child. But who’s counting. Last year, there were only three Mid Kid nominees, so this could be a banner year for Middle Child Actors - or more likely, an unmitigated disaster! This is your chance be that guy who knows things about the Oscar nominees that nobody else knows, or probably cares to know. Yeah, that guy.
(DISCLAIMER: This information is as accurate as Googling can be. Besides, if it's not 100% correct, who really cares?)

Dern: Smack Dab Middle - 2nd of 3.
BEST ACTOR - Mid Kid Nominees: Bruce Dern ("Nebraska")
Bruce Dern was nominated once previously for Best Supporting Actor ("Coming Home” 1978).
Previous Mid Kid Winners: Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart” 2009); Sean Penn (“Milk” 2008) (“Mystic River” 2003); Denzel Washington (“Training Day” 2001).
Last Year: Denzel Washington and Joaquin Phoenix were both Middle Child Best Actor nominees, but lost to Daniel Day Lewis (“Lincoln”). Day-Lewis is NOT a Middle Child, but Lincoln was, so it’s kind of a moral victory!
Blanchett: 2nd of 3. Adams: 4th of 7!
BEST ACTRESS - Mid Kid Nominees: Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Amy Adams ("American Hustle")
Cate Blanchett has been nominated six times, winning once for Best Supporting Actress (“The Aviator” 2004). She was nominated for Best Actress (“Elizabeth” 1998); Best Supporting Actress (“Notes on a Scandal” 2006); and twice in the same year for Best Actress (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age” 2007) and Best Supporting Actress ("I’m Not There” 2007). Amy Adams has been nominated four times for Best Supporting Actress: "The Master" 2012, "The Fighter" (2010), "Doubt" (2008), "Junebug" (2005).
Previous Mid Kid Winners: Kate Winslett (“The Reader” 2008); Helen Mirren (“The Queen” 2006).
Last Year: No Mid Kid nominees. No fair -- I’m telling Mom!
Leto: 2nd of 4. Abdi: 2nd or 3rd of 4.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Mid Kid Nominees: Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Barhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips")
This is the first nomination for Jared Leto and Barhad Abdi.
Previous Mid Kid Winners: Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight” 2008); Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules” 1999). While technically a Middle Child, Caine did not know he had a younger half-brother until he was 58!
Last Year: No Middle Child nominees. Typical Middle Child treatment.
Roberts: 3rd of 4. Nyong'o: 2nd of 6.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Mid Kid Nominees: Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), Lupita Nyong’o ("12 Years a Slave")
This is the fourth time Julia Roberts has been nominated, winning once for Best Actress (“Erin Brockovich” 2000). She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress (“Steel Magnolias” 1989); Best Actress (“Pretty Woman” 1990). Lupita Nyong’o is a first time nominee.
Previous Mid Kid Winners: Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables” 2012); Cate Blanchett (“The Aviator” 2004); Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago” 2002); Kim Basinger (“L.A. Confidential” 1997).
Last Year: Sally Field and Anne Hathaway were Middle Child nominees.
BEST DIRECTOR - Mid Kid Nominees: None. I hope they ALL lose.
Previous Mid Kid Winners: Tom Hooper (“The Kings Speech” 2010); Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men” 2007). Of course, Ethan had to share his Oscar with his older brother, Joel!

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