major records were set by the nominees at the Fifth Annual Cosmique
Movie Awards. Although the number of categories was increased,
Spider-Man 2 received 11 nominations, the
most of any film this year - but fewer than the top nominees in previous
years. (In 2001, Gosford Park received 12 nominations, and Moulin
Rouge received 13, though only 11 were positive. In 2002,
The Two Towers
received 21 nominations, setting a new record, while
Chicago received 16 and
The Hours received 11. In
2003, The Return of the King
set a new record of 26 nominations, while
X2: X-Men United earned 15,
and Big Fish and
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse
of the Black Pearl each earned 12.
Even so, some interesting "firsts" and trends can be
spotting from the 2004 nominees.
Nomination Trends and Trivia
Note: unless otherwise noted, when
these points of trivia reference other years, the first year of the
Cosmique Movie Awards is omitted since that year was dedicated solely to
Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Zach Braff is the first person to be nominated in both acting and directing categories.
Braff wrote, directed, and
starred in the indie film Garden State.
Although Braff was not nominated for any directing awards
elsewhere used to calculate our Best Director nominations, the
strength of the film's nominations at the Cosmos, especially in
major categories, allowed him to achieve a directing nod here.
The film was also nominated for Best Script, but the Cosmos
don't single out writers by name due to complexities of ensuring
compliance with WGA requirements.
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut is
the first Best Picture nominee to only receive a single nomination.
Whoopie Goldberg is the first African American to be nominated in a Hall of Fame category.
Don Cheadle and
Jamie Foxx are the first African Americans to be nominated into a major acting category.
Halle Berry was the first African American to be
nominated for – and win – a Cosmo Award,
but it was in a specialty category.
Natalie Portman's four individual and two ensemble
nominations for Closer and Garden State are the
most for any actor this year, but the current record is held by
Ian McKellen, who received four individual and four ensemble nominations last year.
With her two nominations for
The Aviator, Cate Blanchett now
holds nine individual and four ensemble nominations, surpassing
record of six individual and six ensemble nominations.
Prior to this year, Amélie was the only film to be nominated for Best Picture that was not also nominated for one of the top two genre categories (Drama or Comedy/Musical). But this year, only
Garden State and Million Dollar Baby were nominated
for a major genre category, both for Best Drama. The remaining
Best Picture nominees (The Aviator,
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut,
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and
Fahrenheit 9/11) were not,
though all but Donnie Dark were nominated for other genre
George Bush is also the first non-actor to be nominated into more than one category. Previous non-actors Marilyn Manson and Stephen Sondheim won for Best Cameo, and Senator Robert Byrd was also nominated for Best Cameo.
Bush's nominations are for Best Male Villain and Worst
Performance for Fahrenheit 9/11.
For that matter, it is also the first documentary to receive a nomination for anything outside of the documentary category.
Emma Watson beats
Lemony Snicket's nominee
Liam Aiken by only a few months, but she's not the youngest ever. That record is held by Jack Rovello, who at the age of 8 was nominated for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
for The Hours. She is also not the youngest person to be nominated for a category not devoted to younger actors
- that record is held by Sarah Bolger, who was 12 when she received Best Actress and Best Heroic Character nominations for
Braff has previously directed some episodes of
Scrubs, but Garden State represents his feature
film. Michel Gondry comes close, but although most of his previous directing experience has been shorts, documentaries, and music videos, he has directed one other feature film,
disqualifying Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as a
directorial debut. The only other previous first-time cinematic director to receive a nomination, Rob Marshall, went on to win the Best Director Cosmo for
Halle Berry won the Intimate Actress category two years ago
when it was first created, and was re-nominated this year for
Catwoman. On the boys' side,
Tobey Maguire is the only nominee this year to have been previously nominated for that category, but he's not the first
guy ever to be re-nominated:
Orlando Bloom and
Viggo Mortensen both received consecutive Intimate Actor nominations in previous years, but were not nominated this year.
Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner technically count as a
formerly married couple, given Radner's passing in 1989.
They were both nominated into the Best Comedic Actor and Actress
Halls of Fame this year.
W. C. Fields was born in 1880, nine years earlier than the previous record-holder, fellow nominee
This does not make him the oldest nominee, however, as he passed
away in 1946 at the age of 66. The oldest nominee is believed to
be Katharine Hepburn, who was 94 when she was inducted into the
Best Actress Hall of Fame at the first annual awards. She passed
away in 2003.
Debbie Reynolds was nominated for Best Cameo for
Connie and Carla, an award for
which her daughter Carrie Fisher was nominated
last year for Wonderland.