By Linda Rosenkrantz
A couple of weeks ago we covered the Golden Globe nominee names, and now, as predicted and promised, we have a wider field to pick from with the new Oscar nominations, which include a wide range of behind-the-scenes people. Not surprisingly, as a reflection of the gender imbalance in the industry, there are a lot more boys’ than girls’ names.
So here are some of the best names that were not included on the Golden Globes slate, with several interesting international choices in the mix.
Celestine—(French Animated Feature title, Ernest and Celestine) In this charming French animated film, Celestine is a mouse—but one who is an artist and a dreamer. Celestine is a pretty, crystalline diminutive of Celeste, commonly heard on its native soil.
Lydia –(Lydia Dean Pilcher, Documentary Feature, Cutie and the Boxer). Lydia is an ancient Greek place name mentioned in the New Testament and quite often found in English literature—including as the youngest Bennet girl in Pride and Prejudice. A real Sweet-Spot name; Lydia entered the Top 100 in 2011.
Beau—(Beau Borders, Sound Mixing, Lone Survivor) Beau means handsome and is handsome, in a devilish, Southern, gallant kind of way. Originally a nickname for Beauregard, it’s now used frequently enough on its own to rank at Number 311.
Bruno—(Bruno Delbonnel, Cinematography, Inside Llewyn Davis). A brown-toned saint’s name often found in children’s books in the guise of a bear, and associated now with singer Bruno (born Peter) Mars, Bruno is far more popular in Europe than it is here, but could be rediscovered as a strong, o-ending possibility.
Crispin—(Crispin Struthers, Film Editing, American Hustle) A crisp, colorful saint’s name that appeared in Harry Potter, Crispin means curly-haired, and could make a distinctive namesake option for an ancestral Christopher.
Emmanuel—(Emmanuel Lubezk, Cinematography, Gravity) The Old Testament Emmanuel (spelled with one or two ‘m’s) had a long hiatus but is making a comeback via the search for more unusual biblical names: in 2012, Emmanuel was Number 165, Emanuel, 306.
Ernest—(title of French Animated Feature, Ernest & Celestine) Ernest was a top name at the turn of the last century and into the 1920s. It isn’t used much these days, but if you add an ‘a’, it could be thought of as an earnest virtue name.
Niv—(Niv Adiri, Sound Mixing, Gravity) Niv is a Hebrew name meaning “expression, phrase” and is pronounced NEEV. It’s also an Israeli place name, named for an ancient city mentioned in the Talmud.
Xavier—(Xavier Legrand, Live Action Short, Avant Que de Tout Perdre) Thanks in part to its X-beginning (though pronounced as Z), this Basque saint’s name is having a remarkable surge in popularity. It was used for their sons by Donnie Wahlberg and Tilda Swinton.
So which name would you vote for?