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Kenneth Branagh’s Been Nominated in Five Different Oscar Categories

British director Kenneth Branagh attends the UK Premiere of My Week with Marilyn in central London on November 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid the excitement and enthusiasm of today's Oscar festivities, one particularly charming item of trivia has emerged: Kenneth Branagh is the first actor to be nominated for five Oscars in five different categories, as pointed out by Mark Harris. Branagh's been nominated for Best Director (Henry V), Best Leading Actor (Henry V), Best Live-Action Short Film (1992's Swan Song), Best Adapted Screenplay (Hamlet), and now Best Supporting Actor for My Week With Marilyn. Joel and Ethan Coen have been nominated in five different categories, too — Picture, Director, Editor, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay — and George Clooney and Warren Beatty have both been nominated in four. More trivia, we say! Our brains cry out for more trivia.

Photo: CARL COURT/2011 AFP