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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 10, 2013 at 6:58 AM

About those “Silver Linings Playbook” acting nominations

This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences showed that it really, really loved the cast of David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” nominating it in every acting category: Bradley Cooper in best actor, Jennifer Lawrence in best actress, Robert De Niro in supporting actor, and Jacki Weaver as a surprise in supporting actress. (The film received eight total nominations.) This is the 14th time in Oscar history that a film has received nominations in all four acting categories — and the first time in 31 years, since “Reds” in 1981. (Also receiving the honor: “My Man Godfrey,” “Mrs. Miniver,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Johnny Belinda,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “From Here to Eternity,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “Network,” and “Coming Home.”) For the record, no movie has ever won all four acting categories; “Network” and “Streetcar Named Desire” came the closest, with three out of four.
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They look happy, don’t they? Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook” (photo by JoJo Whilden, courtesy of The Weinstein Company)

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