Who Appeared in the Most Academy Award Nominated Films in 2014?

Benedict Cumberbatch, August: Osage CountyWeinstein Company via Everett Collection

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 JasmineAmerican Hustle
The hapless FBI supervisor with a story about ice fishing in American Hustle, and an adulterer in Blue Jasmine.

Kristen Wiig: Despicible Me 2Her
Wiig played the other end of a phone sex hotline with very particular needs in Her, and Gru’s new girlfriend in Despicable Me 2.

Matthew McConaughey: The Wolf of Wall StreetDallas 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.

Carey Mulligan: Inside Llewyn DavisThe Great Gatsby
Mulligan played the “beautiful little fool” Daisy from The Great Gatsby, and Llewyn Davis’ Spurned ex-girlfriend in Inside Llewyn Davis.

Leo Dicaprio: The Great GatsbyThe 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.

Tom Hanks: Captain PhillipsSaving Mr. Banks
Hanks played the Stalwart and powerfully empathetic Richard Phillips in Captain Phillips, and a smoke-free Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks.

Amy Adams: American HustleHer
Adams played the British accent wielding con-man Sydney Prosser in American Hustle, and Theodore’s bestie in Her.

George Clooney: August: Osage CountyGravity
Clooney played the endlessly charming astronaut, Matt Kowalski in Gravity, and was a producer for August: Osage County.

Cate Blanchett: Blue JasmineThe 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.

Spike JonzeHerThe Wolf of Wall StreetJackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Jonze produced and directed Her, co-wrote Bad Grandpa (surprisingly), and played a stockbroker in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Catherine Keener: The CroodsCaptain PhillipsJackass 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 SmaugAugust: Osage CountyStar Trek Into Darkness12 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.