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).
In a somewhat uncommon instance, Foxcatcher (2014) received a nomination for Best Director but not Best Picture. This was the first time this occurred since the 2007 ceremony, in which Julian Schnabel was nominated for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), and the first time since the AMPAS began to allow for more than five Best Picture nominees in 2009.
Soon after the nominations were released on January 15, 2015, a huge public uproar occurred when it was realized that all twenty acting nominees were Caucasian, while none of the Best Picture nominees had a female character at its center.
Bennett Miller's Oscar nomination marks the first time since the expansion of the Best Picture category to a possible 10 nominated films in 2010, that a director receives a Best Director nomination for a film that is not also nominated for Best Picture (Foxcatcher (2014)).
Patricia Arquette's comment on gender inequality, during Oscar acceptance speech for Boyhood (2014), instantly made her viral as the millions of people watching the telecast at home weighed in. Women's groups say that the only times they have seen more buzz around the topic of income disparity was when Lilly Ledbetter, the activist who sued Goodyear for paying her less than male counterparts, addressed the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and 2012 and when Barack Obama took up the mantle of equal pay in State of the Union address in 2015.
Best Actres and Best Actor winners Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne appeared in sci-fi films Seventh Son (2014) and Jupiter Ascending (2015) coincidently opening in the early days of February 2015, in which both actors played the movie's main villain and which both were box-office failures.
LGBT website Queerty had to run a correction after it called Best Adapted Screenplay winner Graham Moore a "queen", and his acceptance speech "the gayest and greatest moment" at the Oscars after Moore told reporters backstage that he does not identify as homosexual, and his speech was not in reference to sexual preference.