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The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) Poster

(2012 TV Special)

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George Clooney (nominated for his work on The Ides of March (2011)) competed in the "Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay" category against Alexander Payne, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon for their work on The Descendants (2011), a movie for which Clooney received a Best Actor nomination that year also.
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Marks the third time that Glenn Close and Meryl Streep have competed against each other in the Best Actress category. They were also nominated alongside each other in 1988 and 1989.
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At age 82, Best Supporting Actor winner Christopher Plummer became the oldest person to win a competitive Oscar.
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Brett Ratner was originally announced as producer of the show on August 4, 2011. He resigned in November the same year after causing controversy by saying "rehearsal is for fags" following a screening of Tower Heist (2011). He was replaced with Brian Grazer.
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Eddie Murphy was originally hired as host. When original producer Brett Ratner, who worked with Murphy on Tower Heist (2011), resigned on November 8, 2011, Murphy also resigned. Billy Crystal stepped in as his replacement.
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Meryl Streep received a record-breaking 17th acting nomination, while John Williams became the most nominated composer ever with his 46th and 47th nomination that year.
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Three Best Screenplay nominees have appeared in their own films this year: George Clooney in The Ides of March (2011) (Best Adapted Screenplay) and Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids (2011) (Best Original Screenplay).
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For the first time in Oscar history, there are nine Best Picture nominees.
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