Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oscar Oddities

   Oscar season has come and gone once again, tonight the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will give out the little golden man for the 84th time.

  Over the course of the previous 83 awards shows, there have been several strange twists and turns, for example in 1944 Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for the same role as an old-school priest, Father Fitzgibbon in “Going My Way.”
    He won as a supporting actor, and lost out to co-star Bing Crosby as a leading man.
  Thirteen actors and actresses have won an Oscar for their first film role, none of them for leading actor. The most recent one was Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls” in 2006.
   Three films (“It Happened One Night,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” and “The Silence of the Lambs”) have won the “big five” awards. Those categories being for best actor, actress, director, picture and writing.
   The youngest person to ever win a competitive Oscar was Tatum O'Neal who picked up a best supporting actress nod in 1973 for “Paper Moon.”
   Shirley Temple is the youngest to ever receive an award, receiving a non-competitive Academy Juvenile Award, that has since been retired in 1934.
   In 1989 Jessica Tandy won a best actress award for “Driving Miss Daisy” at age 80. Gloria Stuart nearly topped that when she was nominated for “Titanic” in 1997 at age 87, but she didn't win.
   Speaking of “Titanic” it holds the record along with “All About Eve” for most nominations in a single year with 14.
   James Dean is the only actor to be nominated twice post humously, for 1956's “East of Eden” and for 1957's “Giant.” He didn't win either award.
   Maggie Smith is the only actress to ever win an Oscar (1978 best supporting actress in “California Suite”) for playing an Oscar-losing actress.
   Kate Blachette on the other hand, portrayed a real Oscar winning actress in “The Aviator” and became the only person to win an Oscar for doing so.
Midnight Cowboy was the only X-rated movie (for graphic sex scene) to ever win the Academy Award for Best Pictures.
    Kenneth Branagh has been nominated five times, in five different categories. His nominations include best director, best leading actor, best adapted screenplay, best live-action short and tonight he is up for best supporting actor.
    Beatrice Straight was only on screen for 5:40 but still picked up a trophy for “Network” in 1976.
    Luise Rainer, who won back-to-back best actress awards in 1936 and 1937 is the oldest living OSCAR winner at 102 years-old.
   Harold Russell picked up two trophies for his performance in 1946's “The Best Years of Our Lives,” one for best supporting actor, and another for being an inspiration to returning veterans.
    Kevin O'Connell, a sound mixer has been nominated 20 times, most recently in 2007, but has yet to win a trophy.
   “Limelight” picked up an award 20 years after it's initial release simply because it had never been shown in Los Angeles county, which is where the OSCARS consider home.
    Rules have since been changed to say that a film is only eligible for one year after it's initial release anywhere.
    Walt Disney picked up four Oscars in 1953, he is the only person to ever win more than three in a single show.
    Nine men have won three in one night, including brother Joel and Ethan Coen who picked up their trophies for the same movie.
    Disney's awards were for four different movies, no one else has ever won for more than two films in a single year.
    Disney has won more Oscars, and received more nominations than any other person in history. He won 22 statues and had 59 total nominations.
    Disney also received four honorary Oscars giving him 26 total. In 1939 he received a unique honorary award for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” it was one large trophy and seven miniature ones.
     Seventy four of the first 83 ceremonies have had at least one person win multiple awards.

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  1. I really can't understand why the text is all mish mashed when I type in Word and then move it into the Blog editor after the fact. Sorry readers.