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Most mystifying to the Westerners is how we understand the inflection in each nod.
The previous youngest person to garner three Oscar nominations was Terry Wright, who was 24 years old when she received her third nod in 1942, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The nine nods for Perry, 26, were the climax of an extraordinary 12 months that has seen the once struggling gospel singer reinvent herself as a pop sex kitten with a string of hits like "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream" and "Firework.
The former "Destiny's Child" singer also picked up a nod in the song of the year category.
THE FOUNTAIN received a nod for Best Original Score - Motion Picture.
Capote'' director Miller received the DGA nod for what is his first nondocumentary feature film.
The prestigious nods come on the heels of the hip-hop star snagging two trophies at the First Annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, in mid-November.
The cast of ``Brokeback Mountain'' earned the most Screen Actors Guild Award nominations of any film Thursday, with Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams all receiving individual nods, as well as an ensemble nomination honoring the film's entire cast.
In addition to Best Picture nods to the queer-inclusive Billy Elliot and Wonder Boys (Drama) and Best in Show (Musical or Comedy), there's out screenwriter Doug Wright's mention for Quills and four prominent acting nominees in gay roles: Javier Bardem, and, in the TV division, Vanessa Redgrave, Eric McCormack, and Sean Hayes.
ROME Actor-director Roberto Benigni leads the field in the 42nd David di Donatello awards -- Italy's top movie nods -- landing 12 nods for "Life Is Beautiful," his tragicomedy about the love and sacrifices of a father for his infant son in a World War II concentration camp.
BET Nods Come On Heels Of Houston Superstar's Recently Announced American Music Awards Nomination for Best New Artist and win of 2006 MTV Best Rap Honors