20 Things You Didn't Know About 2021's Oscar Nominees

David Fincher pushed the Mank cast to the absolute limit.

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This year's awards season has certainly been quite the slog, given that the global pandemic caused Oscar night to be delayed by an entire two months, despite the fact that most of the major awards have had their obvious winners locked down for a good while.

But this year's slate of nominees also represents the most interesting and diverse ever, with numerous bigger-budget films ducking out of 2020 entirely and ensuring that lower-budget dramas were given a greater share of the spotlight.

Even so, this year's Best Picture nominees have been said to have the lowest-ever visibility among the general public, and so even if you've seen most of the films nominated for Oscars this year - in Best Picture and beyond - you may not be familiar with everything that went on behind-the-scenes.

From historic nominations to actors who almost played this year's nominated roles, and the extreme lengths filmmakers went to get their movies made, these are the 20 factoids about 2021's Oscar nominees you absolutely need to know.

If nothing else, they'll give you a greater respect and appreciation for the mind-boggling effort that went into most of these films, and that this is by far the most inclusive and dynamic Oscar lineup yet...

20. It Has The Longest Title In Oscar History - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm ended up receiving two Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Maria Bakalova), but regardless of how the film performs on Oscar night, its mere nomination won it one totally unique accolade.

Because the film's producers submitted the hit comedy sequel under its full title, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," it broke the record for the longest title of any film ever nominated for an Academy Award.

At 110 characters in length, it beat out the 1965 film Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes, which rocked in at a still-beefy 85 characters.

The feat was even acknowledged by Guinness World Records, and to make it even funnier, if Borat Subsequent Moviefilm wins either of its Oscars, some poor engraver will have to figure out how to fit the entire title on the award statuette.


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