So...LA LA LAND matched the classic ALL ABOUT EVE and got 14 Oscar nominations? Oh, my dear, we've got to talk about that.
Meryl Streep also made history this week. She got her 20th Oscar nomination. Her 20th.
Denzel Washington, nominated for Best Actor for FENCES, also made history. His Oscar nomination is his 7th. He's the black actor with the most Oscar nominations to his credit. He also directed FENCES. He previously directed Viola Davis in the 2002 drama, ANTWONE FISHER. Washington joins a category with Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Barbra Streisand. He's an actor who became a film director and directed a fellow actor to an Oscar nomination. Redford directed Mary Tyler Moore to a Best Actress nomination for ORDINARY PEOPLE, Newman directed his wife, Joanne Woodward, to a Best Actress nomination for RACHEL, RACHEL and Barbra Streisand has directed more actors to Oscar nominations than any other female director. She's directed four actors to Oscar nominations (Amy Irving for YENTL, Nick Nolte and Kate Nelligan for THE PRICE OF TIDES and Lauren Bacall for THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES).
So, if you can, hear me with Scott Simon on Saturday's WEEKEND EDITION as we talk about the actors in the current race for the Hollywood gold. I have a feeling my segment with air in the last half hour of Scott's show. If you miss it, check the website later this weekend. I'm sure it will be posted. Remember to look for WEEKEND EDITION SATURDAY: NPR.org.