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Poll: Oscar Nominee Trivia

What's your favorite piece of trivia from these 2020 Oscar nominees?

The list includes the top-ranked trivia items as voted by users (as of 15th January) from each of the IMDb pages of selected films nominated for The Oscars (2020).

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    Parasite (2019)

    Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the first Korean film to ever do so.
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    Joker (2019)

    Joaquin Phoenix called perfecting the Joker's laugh the toughest part of playing the character.
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    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

    Days before the film premiered, ancestry confirmed Tom Hanks and Fred Rogers are actually sixth-cousins.
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    The Two Popes (2019)

    Jonathan Pryce commented on his physical resemblance to Pope Francis at the Toronto International Film Festival: "The day Pope Francis was declared Pope, the Internet was full of images of me and him, and 'Is Jonathan Pryce the Pope?' Even my son texted me, 'Dad are you the Pope?'"
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    1917 (2019)

    Inspired by Sam Mendes' grandfather's experiences in WWI: "The Autobiography of Alfred H. Mendes 1897-1991."
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    The Irishman (2019)

    According to Deadline, before accepting the role of Russell Bufalino, Joe Pesci refused multiple times to come out of retirement in order to appear in this film. Some sources say the actual number of refusals was fifty.
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    Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019)

    Brad Pitt ad-libbed the line, "You're Rick fucking Dalton! Don't you forget that.". Pitt based that line on an actor who told him the same thing when he was a budding actor in the early nineties.
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    Little Women (2019)

    After finding out that the adaptation was in the works, Saoirse Ronan reached out to Greta Gerwig and told her she decided she was going to play Jo March. Gerwig was initially hesitant to cast Ronan after having just worked with her on Lady Bird (2017), but after realizing that more or less casting herself was a very Jo thing to do, Gerwig sent Ronan an email that said "Yes, you're Jo."
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    Marriage Story (2019)

    Based in large part on Noah Baumbach's own experiences when he divorced Jennifer Jason Leigh in 2013. According to Baumbach, Leigh read the script, has seen the film, and likes it.
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    Ford v Ferrari (2019)

    In preparation for his role, Christian Bale took race driving lessons at the Bondurant High Performance Driving School. As it happened, the founder of the school had been a friend of Ken Miles. So in addition to the driving, Bale also got to hear stories of the 1960s racing scene. Bale's instructor and the film's stunt coordinator, Robert Nagle later stated that, "he's hands down the best actor I've ever trained."
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    Jojo Rabbit (2019)

    Taika Waititi discovered in his research that WWII Germany was very vibrant and fashionable, and was interested in shying away from traditional war films showing it as dreary and dark, instead presenting the town as a seemingly celebratory place and dressing characters as stylishly as possible. He liked the idea that everything seems happy, but just underneath the surface "the third Reich is crumbling, and, you know, the dream is over."
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    Knives Out (2019)

    The police detective heard on the television series Marta's sister is watching is voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, billed in the film's credits as playing Detective Hardrock. Gordon-Levitt has appeared in all five of the films Rian Johnson has directed.
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    The Lighthouse (2019)

    Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson stated that they barely spoke a word to each other on set and were too exhausted to hang out together after a day of shooting because filming was so physically demanding due to the miserable weather conditions. While Pattinson stayed at a normal hotel with the rest of the film crew during the shot, Dafoe lived in a little fisherman cottage in solitude. On set, on the other hand, Pattinson would tend to eat and stay by himself in filming breaks, while Dafoe stayed with the crew. Both stated that they liked each other very much as soon as they had their first real conversation a few months later.
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    Bombshell (2019)

    Margot Robbie's character is the only main character in the film not based on a real person. Her character was invented for the film, possibly from a combination of real-life people or experiences, rolled into one character to streamline storytelling.
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    Judy (2019)

    Renée Zellweger spent a year training with vocal coach Eric Vetro before shooting began, then rehearsed with Musical Director Matt Dunkley for four months to master her vocals.
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    Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

    Series music composer John Williams appears for a cameo as the bartender in the cantina on Kijimi.
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    Ad Astra (2019)

    The title means "to the stars" in Latin. It is often used as a shorthand for "Per Aspera Ad Astra" (Through the hardships to the Stars).
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    The Lion King (2019)

    Jon Favreau revealed in an interview that he brought James Earl Jones back as the voice of Mufasa because: "I see it as carrying the legacy across. Just hearing him say the lines is really moving and surreal, the timbre of his voice has changed. That served the role well because he sounds like a king who's ruled for a long time."
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    Harriet (2019)

    The script was originally written and owned by Disney but they refused to make the film, the film only was able to get made once Disney relinquished the rights to the script.
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    Frozen II (2019)

    The song used to call Elsa to the enchanted forest is a type of Scandinavian herding call called kulning. It was used briefly in the score of the first movie. In Frozen 2, the kulning that is central to the plot is performed by Norwegian singer .
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    Toy Story 4 (2019)

    When Bo Peep gets taken away, the car driven by the new owner has the license plate RMRF97. it's a sort of meta-Toy Story 2 (1999) reference. It's an often repeated story that the second Toy Story film was nearly entirely lost when the main file was accidentally deleted from the main Pixar servers. This license plate references the computer command which nearly erased the movie. the Unix command "rm", with "rm -rf" standing for removing all files recursively in a given directory and without confirmation. Thankfully, a pregnant employee had a backup copy of the film on her home computer, which had to be gently driven to Pixar HQ in order to save the movie.
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    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

    DreamWorks Animation's first franchise in which each movie was distributed by a different film studio: Paramount Pictures distributed How to Train Your Dragon (2010), 20th Century Fox distributed How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), and Universal Pictures distributed How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
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    Klaus (2019)

    Director Sergio Pablos had wanted to do a traditionally animated feature film, but he wanted to see how the animation would have evolved without the switch to computer-generated animation. So the studio used CGI lighting techniques with hand-drawn animation to create a unique animation style for the story.
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    The Cave (2019)

    The Cave was shortlisted for the Documentary Feature Oscar, but director Feras Fayyad was denied a visa to the United States to attend events to promote his film.
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    American Factory (2019)

    The first film released from the new production company Higher Ground, founded by former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

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