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Originally published Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM

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569 f-bombs — and other Oscar factoids

Do you know how many of this year’s best-picture nominees have a real person’s name in the title? We didn’t either, till we read this trivia list by Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald.

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38 Total acting nominations among the five Best Actress nominees (18 for Meryl Streep, seven for Judi Dench, six for Cate Blanchett, five for Amy Adams, two for Sandra Bullock).

10 Total acting nominations among the five Best Actor nominees (four for Leonardo DiCaprio, two each for Christian Bale and Bruce Dern; Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew McConaughey are first-time nominees).

49 Number of Oscar nominations for Original Score nominee John Williams (“The Book Thief”), the most of any living person. He’s won five times.

12 Number of nominations for Original Score nominee Thomas Newman (“Saving Mr. Banks”). He’s never won.

2 Number of Best Picture nominees with a real person’s name in the title (“Philomena,” “Captain Phillips”).

8 Number of Best Picture winners with a real person’s name in the title (“The Great Ziegfeld,” “The Life of Emile Zola,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Patton,” “Gandhi,” “Amadeus,” “Schindler’s List,” “Shakespeare in Love”).

5 Number of movies with numbers in the title (i.e. “12 Years a Slave”) that have won Best Picture. (“It Happened One Night,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “The Godfather Part II,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Million Dollar Baby”).

17 Number of minutes in the unbroken opening shot of “Gravity.”

569 Number of times the f-word, in several variations, was spoken in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (according to; no, I didn’t count them myself).

$996 Cost of a pink linen Brooks Brothers suit, made in homage to one worn by Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Great Gatsby.”

$250 Total makeup budget for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

110 Number of curlers Bradley Cooper had put in his hair every day before shooting “American Hustle.” (No, it wasn’t a perm.)

5 Number of months between the first Academy Awards ceremony (in May 1929) and current Supporting Actress nominee June Squibb’s birth (November 1929).

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