Best Actor nominee Benedict Cumberbatch
and Alan Turing
(the character he portrays in his Oscar-nominated performance) are actually related in real-life. According to the family history site Ancestry, the two are 17th cousins with family relations dating back to the 14th century. Both are said to be related to John Beaufort, the first Earl of Somerset, through Cumberbatch and Turing's respective paternal lines. This means that for the first time, a performer is nominated for portraying a known real-life relative since Katharine Hepburn
won for her performance in The Lion in Winter
(1968). See more
J.K. Simmons - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Wow, thank you. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you to everyone involved in the making of "Whiplash." And I am grateful every day for the most remarkable person I know: my wife, the wonderful Michelle Schumacher. I'm grateful for your love, your kindness, your wisdom, your sacrifice and your patience. Which brings me to the above-average children - even though I may try their patience more. Joe and Olivia, you are extraordinary human beings. Smart, funny, kind, loving people, and that's because...