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Even though director Spike Jonze missed out on scoring a nomination for directing for his futuristic love story Her, he does have the distinction of being connected to three films going up for Oscars this year. So, what other actors and filmmakers took part in multiple Academy Award nominated films this year?
Louis C.K.: Blue Jasmine, American Hustle
The hapless FBI supervisor with a story about ice fishing in American Hustle, and an adulterer in Blue Jasmine.
Matthew McConaughey: The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club
McConaughey played Jordan Belfort’s seedy stockbroker inspiration in The Wolf of Wall Street, and the bigot turned aids crusader Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.
Leo Dicaprio: The Great Gatsby, The Wolf of Wall Street
Dicaprio played the despicable cocaine hoover Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, and the dreaming and pining Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby.
Cate Blanchett: Blue Jasmine, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Blanchett played a wealthy socialite in free-fall in Blue Jasmine, and the mystical elf leader Galadriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Catherine Keener: The Croods, Captain Phillips, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Keener played a protective cave-mother in The Croods, Richard Phillip’s wife in Captain Phillips, and apparently, she was in Bad Grandpa.
Benedict Cumberbatch: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, August: Osage County, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave
The winner with four Oscar-nominated credits to his name this year is Benedict Cumberbatch. The actor played a dragon with a hoarding problem in The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug, KHAAAAAAN! in Star Trek Into Darkness, and the bungling “Little Charles” Aiken in August: Osage County, and the least evil slave owner in 12 Years A Slave.