Grammy Record of the Year Classic Hollywood Style


Kudos to Nerd Fest UK for your forsight in exceptional editing of these classic film clips to this years Grammy Winner Best Record of the Year Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars.

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OSCAR STATS ~ 2008

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Kate Winslet received the 2008 Best Actress Oscar award for her performance as Hanna Schmitz in the movie The Reader. Of the twenty Oscar Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2008 three were from California, one from Illinois, two from New Jersey, one from Oklahoma, six from New York, one from Kentucky, one from South Carolina, one from Washington D.C., one was born in Italy while her parents were stationed there. There was one from Australia, one from Spain and one from the UK.
The Best Actor Winner/Nominee Oscar list was the same as the SAG List. The Best Supporting Actor Winner/Nominee Oscar List was the same as the SAG List except Michael Shannon was on the Oscar List and Dev Patel was on the SAG List. The Best Actress/Nominee Oscar List was the same except that Kate Winslet won the Oscar for the movie The Reader and Meryl Streep won the Sag Award for the movie Doubt. The Best Supporting Actress/Nominee Lists were a little more complicated. The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Penélope Cruz for the movie Vicky Crisina Barcelona, Marisa Tomei was on the Oscar list for Best Supporting Actress.
The SAG Best Supporting Actress Award went to Kate Winslet for her role in the movie The Reader. Kate was also nominated on the SAG List for Best Actress for her role in the movie Revolutionary Road.
Sean Penn acted in the 2004 movie the Assassination of Richard Nixon with Leonardo DiCaprio in Executive Producer capacity. Frank Langella worked with George Clooney in Goodnight and Good Luck. George Clooney acted in the 2011 movie Ides of March with Leonardo DiCaprio in Executive Producer capacity. Mickey Rourke worked with Johnny Depp in the 2003 movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Johnny Depp worked with Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1993 movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Richard Jenkins worked with Brad Pitt in the 2012 movie Killing Them Softly. Brad Pitt appeared in the 1994 movie True Romance written by Quentin Tarantino. Quentin Tarantino worked on the 2012 movie Django Unchained with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Anne Hathaway worked with Meryl Streep in 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada. Meryl Streep worked with Denzel Washington in the Manchurian Candidate, Denzel Washington worked with Angelina Jolie in the 1999 movie The Bone Collector, Angelina Jolie worked with Johnny Depp in the 2010 movie The Tourist, Johnny Depp worked with Kate Winslet in the 2004 movie Finding Neverland, Kate Winslet worked with Melissa Leo in the 2011 TV Mini Series Mildred Pierce.

OSCAR STATS ~ 2007

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Marion Cotillard was the Best Actress Oscar winner for her performance as Edith Piaf in the 2007 movie ‘La Vie en Rose’. Of the twenty Oscar Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2007 two were from Kentucky, one Massachusetts, five from New York, two from Ohio and one from Texas. There were four from the UK, one from Australia, one from Canada, one France and one from Spain.
The Best Actor Winner/Nominee Oscar list was almost the same as the SAG List except that Johnny Depp was on the Oscar List and Ryan Gosling was on the SAG List and Tommy Lee Jones was on the Oscar List and Emile Hirsch was on the SAG List. The Best Supporting Actor Winner/Nominee Oscar list is the same as the SAG List except nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman is on the Oscar list and nominee Tommy Lee Jones was on the SAG List.
The Best Actress Winner/Nominee differences from the Oscar and SAG list were a little more complicated. Marion Cotillard from France received the Best Actress Oscar and Julie Christie from the UK received the SAG Best Actress Award for the movie Away From Her. Laura Linney is on the Oscar Nominee List and Angelina Jolie is on the SAG List.
The Best Supporting Actress Winner/Nominee differences from the Oscar and SAG List were also a bit more complicated. Tilda Swinton from the UK was the Oscar Best Supporting Actress winner for the movie Michael Clayton and Ohio born Ruby Dee received the Best Supporting Actress SAG Award for the movie American Gangster. Saoirse Ronan was on the Oscar Nominee List and Catherine Keener was on the SAG Nominee List.
2007 Best Actor Nominee Tommy Lee Jones worked with 2007 Best Actor Winner Daniel Day Lewis in the 2012 movie Lincoln. Daniel Day Lewis worked with Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 movie Gangs of New York. 2007 Best Actor Nominee Viggo Mortenson worked with Amanda Plummer in the 1995 movie The Prophesy. Amanda Plummer’s father Christopher Plummer worked with 2007 Best Actor Nominee George Clooney in the 2005 movie Syriana. George Clooney worked with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2011 movie ‘Ides of March’. 2007 Best Actor Nominee Johnny Depp worked with Leonardo in the 1993 movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
2007 Best Actress Winner Marion Cotillard worked with Kate Winslet in the 2011 movie Contagion. 2007 Best Actress Nominee Julie Christie worked with Kate in the 2004 movie Finding Neverland and the 1996 movie Hamlet. 2007 Best Actress Nominee Ellen Page worked with Allison Janey in the 2007 movie Juno. Allison Janey worked with 2007 Best Actress Nominee Laura Linney in the 2002 movie The Hours, Laura Linney worked with Kate Winslet in the 2003 movie The Life of David Gale.

OSCAR STATS – 2006

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Forest Whitaker received the Best Actor Oscar in 2006 for his performance in the movie ‘The Last King of Scotland’. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2006 one was from Texas, two California, three New York, one from Pennsylvania, one New Jersey, and one from Illinois. There was one from Canada, one from West Africa, one from Spain, one from Mexico, one from Australia three from the UK, and one from Japan.
The Best Actor Recipient/Nominee Oscar list was the same as the SAG list. The Best Supporting Actor list for the Oscar was almost the same as the SAG list except Mark Wahlberg was on the Oscar list instead of Leonardo DiCaprio. The Best Actress/Best Supporting winner/nominee list for the Oscar was the same as the SAG list.
Forest Whitaker appeared in the 2013 movie Out of the Furnace produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. Nominated Best Actor Ryan Gosling appeared in the 2013 movie Ides of March in which Leonardo served as Executive Producer. In 2006 Kate Winslet was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in the movie Little Children the same year Meryl Streep was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in the movie The Devil Wears Prada. On a side note: Rinko Kikuchi nominated for the Best Supporting Actress in the movie Babel was the first Japanese actress nominated for an Oscar since Miyoshi Umeki was nominated and received her Best Supporting Actress Award in 1958 for the movie Sayonara.

OSCAR STATS ~ 2005

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Philip Seymour Hoffman received the Best Actor Oscar in 2005 for his performance in the movie Capote. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2005 fifteen were born in the U.S. three from New York, two from Illinois, two from California, one from Connecticut, one from Florida, one Kentucky, one Louisiana, one Montana one from Washington D.C. one born in Puerto Rico, one born in Italy while parents were stationed there. There were three from the UK, one from Australia and one from South Africa.
The Best Actor Recipient/Nominee Academy list was the same as the SAG list except that Terrace Howard is on the Academy list and Russell Crowe is on the SAG list. The Best Supporting Actor List for the Academy is the same except William Hurt is on the Academy List and Don Cheadle was on the SAG List. The Best Actress List was the same except Keira Knightley was on the Academy List and Zhang Ziyi was on the SAG List. The Best Supporting Actress List was the same for the Academy Awards and for the SAG Awards.
In 1997 Philip Seymour Hoffman appeared in Boogie Nights the same movie Leonardo DiCaprio did not appear in because he was appearing in Titanic. On the 2005 Best Actor Nominee List Heath Ledger appeared in the movie Brokeback Mountain with 2005 Best Supporting Actress nominee Michelle Williams, in 2010 Michelle Williams co-starred in the movie Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio. 2005 Best Actor Nominee Joaquin Phoenix appeared in the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda with Don Cheadle who did not get a chance to work with Leonardo because of Leo’s decision to work on Titanic. 2005 Best Actor Nominee Terrance Howard is in a soon to be released movie titled Term Life with Actress Hailee Steinfeld. In 2010 Best Actress Nominee Hailee Steinfeld appeared in True Grit with Best Actor Nominee Jeff Bridges. In 1974 Jeff appeared in the movie Thunderbolt & Lightfoot with Clint Eastwood who directed Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2011 movie J. Edgar. 2005 Best Actor Nominee David Strathairn appeared in the 1994 movie The River Wild with Meryl Streep (and Kevin Bacon), In 1996 Meryl appeared with Leonardo in the movie Marvin’s Room.
2005 Best Actress Nominee Judi Dench appeared with Leonardo in the 2011 movie J. Edgar. In 1996 Judi Dench appeared with Kate Winslet in the movie Hamlet, and Iris in 2001.

OSCAR STATS ~ 2004

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While researching my 2015 Oscar Stats Post I decided to go back through the last eleven years of Best Actor/Supporting Actor, Best Actress/Supporting Actress lists for the Academy Awards and for SAG Awards (Screen Actors Guild) to see whose names were on the nominations lists and what Country or State they were from. Names that kept popping up over those years were Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. TCM is playing a ‘six degrees to Kevin Bacon’ type game in connection to the Academy Awards the month of February; at Classic Hollywood we thought it would be fun to try the ‘six degrees’ test with Leonardo and Kate from the Academy List. The trick is we would only be using names on the Best Acting nominee list for Leonardo and the Best Actress list for Kate (UK actresses only) of course there are always exceptions to the rules.
In 2004 there were twelve actor/actresses nominated from the US three born in California, one from Illinois, one Kansas, one Kentucky, one Missouri, one Nebraska, two New York, one Tennessee, and one from Texas. There were four from the UK, one Australia, one Columbia and one born in Israel.
Jamie Fox received the Best Actor Award for 2004, the Best Acting nominee/winner list for the Academy is the same as the 2004 SAG list except that Clint Eastwood in on the Academy list and Paul Giamatti is on the SAG list, the Academy Best Actress List is the same as the SAG list.
Leonardo DiCaprio also on the 2004 Best Actor Nominee list worked with Jamie Fox on Django Unchained in 2012, Johnnie Depp on What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in 1993, was directed by Clint Eastwood in the movie J. Edgar in 2011 and would have worked with Don Cheadle in Boogie Nights in 1997 if he hadn’t instead taken the part of Jack Dawson in the movie Titanic…in which of course he costarred with Kate Winslet that was also nominated for a Best Actress award in 2004. Imelda Staunton among the nominees for Best Actress in 2004 acted with Kate in the 1995 version of Sense & Sensibility.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?

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SAG AWARDS vs ACADEMY AWARDS… I’m puzzled and am  thinking that no one in the media paid any attention on January 14, 2016 when nominees for Academy Awards were announced as to which actors were also on the nominee’s list for the SAG awards announced on December 9, 2015. The SAG awards viewed last night also include nominations for television as opposed to the Academy Awards which is about film only shown in the theatre medium.
The Academy list for Best Actor in a Leading role is the same as the SAG list except Matt Damon is on the Academy list instead of Johnny Depp. The Best Actor in a Supporting Role list is almost the same except the UK actor Tom Hardy is on the list instead of the UK actor Idris Elba, the senior citizen US actor Sylvester Stallone is on the list instead of the nine year old Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay and US actor Mark Ruffalo is on the list instead of US actor Michael Shannon.
The Academy list for Best Actress in a Leading Role is almost the same as the SAG list except UK senior actress Charlotte Rampling is on the list instead of UK senior actress Helen Mirren, and US actress Jennifer Lawrence is on the list instead of US actress Sarah Silverman. The Best Actress list for the Academy in a Supporting Role is the same except that US actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is on the list instead of UK actress Helen Mirren.
Perhaps some of the actors that voted for nominees on the SAG December 9, 2015 list changed their votes a bit when they voted for Academy nominees in late December?

OSCAR STATS ~ 2015

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Contrary to popular belief the Oscars consist of more than: five nominations each for Best Actor/Actress, and five nominations each for Best supporting Actor/Actress. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a Multi-National entity. There are twenty-four categories and NOT counting the twenty people nominated for: Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress there are one hundred eighty-five people nominated (eight men and one woman have two or more nominations in different categories) to receive Oscars for their work released in 2015. Nominees ethnicity are represented from twenty-nine countries in the 2015 nominations: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chili, Columbia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States, and Wales.

Of the five nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role: three represent the United States, one from Ireland and one from the United Kingdom. Of the five nominees for Best Supporting Actor: Three are from the United Kingdom and two the United States. For Best Actress in a Leading Role there are: three from the United States, one from the United Kingdom and one from Australia. For Best Supporting Actress there are: two from the United States, one from Canada, one from Sweden, one from the United Kingdom.

Of the one hundred eighty-five other nominees: one hundred forty-six are men, thirty-nine are women consisting of diverse backgrounds that aren’t visually apparent by random google searches.

The Academy Board of Governors approves membership to the Academy. Actors Membership requirements are: (Copied From Academy Bylaws at Oscars.org):
Article III, Section 1. Membership shall be by invitation of the Board of Governors. Invitations to active membership shall be limited to those persons active in the motion picture arts and sciences, or credited with screen achievements, or who have otherwise achieved distinction in the motion picture arts and sciences and who, in the opinion of the Board, are qualified for membership.
To be considered for invitation to membership in the Actors Branch of the Academy, an individual must:
(a) have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy,
and/or
(b) have been nominated for an Academy Award in one of the acting categories,
or
(c) have, in the judgment of the Actors Branch Executive Committee, otherwise achieved unique distinction, earned special merit or made an outstanding contribution as a motion picture actor.

There are fifty-one Governor Board Members with three representatives for each of the seventeen branches of the Film Industry represented that have the final say on who is invited to become a member. The seventeen Branches are: Actors, Casting Directors, Cinematographers, Costume Designers, Designers, Documentary, Executives, Film Editors, Make-up Artists & Hairstylists, Music, Producers, Public Relations, Short Films & Feature Animation, Sound, Visual Effects and Writers Branch. There are thirty-four men and seventeen women on this Board; fifty are from the United States one is from the United Kingdom.
There are seven Officers named from the Governor Board: a President, a First Vice President, three Vice Presidents, a Treasurer, a Secretary and a CEO in charge of a 300 people staff.

In 2014 two hundred seventy-one multi-national artists and executives were invited to join the Academy’s membership twenty actors were on the list: twelve from the U.S., three from the UK, one from Somalia, one from Germany, one from Ireland, one from Denmark and one from Mexico; fourteen were men, six were women. When the Academy Award season comes around actors nominate actors, once nominated then the membership votes for all academy categories.

The Board of Governors also oversees the special Governors Awards. On November 14, 2015 at a Black Tie invite only dinner five hundred guests celebrated the presentation of the 2015 awards. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was presented to Debbie Reynolds (which was accepted in her honor by her granddaughter Billie Lourd). An Honorary Award was presented to actress Gena Rowlands by her son Director Nick Cassevetes. A second Honorary Award was presented to Director Spike Lee by actors featured in his films that had boosted their careers and expanded their prominence; Wesley Snipes, Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. At this awards dinner Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs discussed the Academy’s ‘New Initiative; a 2020 five-year move to increase film industry diversity in front of and behind the camera’.

The making of a film is a huge project. Any movie theater ticket buying customer that loves film no matter how good or bad and stays to the bitter end watching the hundreds of names scroll past of artists that worked as a team on that production knows there is one thing the list never points out… ethnicity, nationality, color. I’m hoping that all two hundred and five multi-national nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards are afforded a chance this year to celebrate their nominations and not have this honor diminished because of the color or lack of color of their skin.

The Jungle Book

No matter which Jungle Book you love best…there’s a good chance you love at least one of them. Its never been more appropriate than in the Chinese Year of the Monkey to bring back the first of two upcoming versions of our favorite Rudyard Kipling story.

Disney’s live action Jungle Book for 2016 will be followed by The Imaginarium/ Warner Brothers version of Jungle Book for 2017 directed by Andy Serkis.

But what about our other favorites?

When Walt Disney commissioned the Sherman Brothers to come up with songs for a children’s version of the classic, scary tale in the jungle, little could have prepared us for such a lighthearted approach. In truth- it was exactly what Walt Disney wanted.

  • The carrion eating vultures awaiting Mowgli’s death were softened with barbershop music and British accents ( a nod to the popular Beatles in 1967).
  • Baloo was voiced by comedian Phil Harris ( married to Alice Faye) and put fun and frolicking ahead of all things survival
  • The girl at the end of the movie was voiced by none other than Darlene Carr, who was available on the studio lot for Monkey’s Go Home.

Of course you may also remember when Disney embarked on a live action Jungle Book in 1994 featuring Jason Scott Lee and Cary Elwes. Another favorite mainly because Mowgli could talk to the animals in their own languages.

As we’ll see some classic Disney magic in Jon Favreau’s version this year and some lovely scariness in Andy Serkis’ version next year ( starring Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch), there should be something to suit your fancy. If not however, you can always return to the classics. We always do:)

 

 

 

The Thin Man ~ New Year’s Eve

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What better way to end this noirish year than sitting back on New Year’s Eve and enjoying two of our favorite Dashiell Hammett characters Nick and Nora Charles. When ‘The Thin Man’ was made in 1934 Noir films hadn’t yet been labeled. However the James Wong Howe photography, the angles, shadows, lighting set the tone for this twisted who done it murder mystery. The delightful repartee dialogue written by Albert Hackett and his wife Frances Goodrich is delivered sloshingly through the talents of Myrna Loy and William Powell. Nick Charles advice on the correct way to mix drinks could be heeded tonight during the New Year’s Eve celebrations!
‘The important thing is the shaking of a drink. You shake a Manhattan to a Fox Trot, a Bronx to a two-step time, a Dry Martini you always shake to a Waltz!’
Happy New Year to all of our Classic Hollywood followers!