Daniel Day-Lewis is the first actor to win three Best Actor awards (the other two are for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood). He's one of six to have three or more Oscars (tying Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Ingrid Bergman, and Walter Brennan; Katharine Hepburn won four).
Argo is the first film to win Picture without its director being nominated since Driving Miss Daisy in 1989 (and it's only happened twice before that - Wings in 1927 and Grand Hotel in 1932).
Emmanuelle Riva (85) is the oldest nominated Best Actress (Jessica Tandy, 80, was the oldest winner for Driving Miss Daisy).
Quvenzhane Wallis (9 - but she was 6 when it was filmed!) is the youngest nominated Best Actress (Marlee Matlin, 21, was the youngest winner for Children of a Lesser God in 1986).
Silver Linings Playbook is the first film since Reds in 1981 to be nominated in all four acting categories (then, it was Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, and Maureen Stapleton, who won Supporting Actress; now, it's Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, who won Actress, and Jacki Weaver).
Kind of a 'Wow, can this be right?' - Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln is the first winning performance from a Steven Spielberg film.
Actors from the last two consecutive films directed by Tom Hooper (King's Speech, Les Mis), Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained - the same guy, Christoph Waltz), and David O. Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) have won Oscars. I'm not sure how many other directors that may be true of...
Ang Lee is the first director since George Stevens (Place in the Sun, 1951 and Giant, 1956) to win two Director Oscars for films that did not win Best Picture (Crash beat Brokeback Mountain in 2005).
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