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

February 19, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Oscar night: What’s in a name?

Oscar night is coming upon us . . . and I’m being overwhelmed by emails from various publicists and media outlets suggesting fabulous and not-so-fabulous angles for stories. But here’s one, from Whitepages, that tickled me: They’ve gone through their database of 600 million phone numbers to find out how many people have names that match the major Oscar nominees. Did you know that there are two other Oprah Winfreys in the U.S. (in addition to the famous one, nominated as a producer of “Selma”), five other Reese Witherspoons, and 14 other guys bearing the name Mark Ruffalo? On the high end, this country holds 422 Robert Duvalls, 305 Bradley Coopers, 297 Edward Nortons , and 164 Michael Keatons — but absolutely nobody else named Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch (well, we knew that) or Keira Knightley. Good fun.

Don’t forget to join me for two upcoming live chats — a pre-Oscars chat tomorrow (Friday) at noon, and on Oscar night, starting at 4pm. See you then!

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