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.


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.

James Dean ~ Young Rebel

Sixty years ago today the world was shocked at the tragic death in a car accident of 24 year old actor James Dean. Sadly we only have three movies to turn to when needing a James Dean fix. If you want new material to study Dean’s acting style and early television in the 1950’s I suggest the two General Electric Theater presentations: The Dark Dark Hours and I’m a Fool.
To watch these shows you have to allow for the time they are filmed. They are set up as stage plays, film a bit grainy, the sound not the best it is what it is…its early television history.

In The Dark Dark Hours Dean co-starred with Ronald Reagan who was the host of the GE Theater from 1954-1962, the story seems to be a pre-curser to Rebel Without a Cause as Jack Simmons Dean’s co-star also appeared in Rebel with Dean as the character ‘Cookie’.
The Dark Dark Hours has teen dialog long forgotten: ‘Crazy Dad’, ‘Dig me…’ ‘Like…I need some music’, ‘Don’t goof on me now’, ‘If I can’t be the best, I’m going to be the worst’.
Reagan introduces Dean as a ‘Bright new actor in Hollywood’.

I’m a Fool: adapted from a Sherwood Anderson short story is a bit of a morality play, talky talky, but in the end if you are paying attention this show is the one you think about long after the film is over. How many times have we said or done something that we play over and over again in our heads that we deeply regret and beat ourselves up over for being a fool. Watching Dean and Wood in a more period piece is a bonus. If you missed the premiere of these shows on TCM last week check out your local Library these shows are available on DVD.


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Kudo’s to TCM for premiering some historic rare live Television appearances of one of Hollywood’s 1950’s classic icon’s: James Dean on September 25th . September 30th will be the 60th Anniversary of Dean’s death. He first appeared opposite Natalie Wood in the General Electric Theater presentation of ‘I’m a Fool’ November 14, 1954. March 30th 1955 they met again to begin filming ‘Rebel Without a Cause’. In June of 1955 when production wrapped up on Rebel James Dean began filming his next movie ‘Giant’. Production for James Dean on Giant wrapped up on September 23, 1955 he died one week later.
The movie ‘East of Eden’ was released in April of 1955. The movie ‘Rebel Without A Cause’ was released October 27, 1955. The movie ‘Giant’ was released November 24, 1956.
James Dean posthumously received two Oscar nominations for Best Actor. One in March of 1956 for his role in the movie ‘East of Eden’, the second nomination he received in March of 1957 for his role in the movie ‘Giant’.
Thank goodness someone in early television thought to preserve on film James Deans performances for us to study sixty plus year’s later.

Mothers ~ Mickey Rooney















In this month of Mother’s and Memorials who better to remember than Mickey Rooney and his sometimes onscreen mother or mother stand-in Fay Bainter. Whether it was encouraging her how and why do things work and how can I make them better son Tom in Young Tom Edison, or boosting the morale of the young Babes on Broadway that wanted to put on a show to raise money to send the poor unfortunate orphaned kids at the local settlement house to the country for a visit (while showing those unbelieving producers that, yes we do have some talent). Fay was always there to protect, defend or lend a sympathetic ear then plant the seed towards an inevitable solution. Fay was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress in White Banners 1938 and was nominated and received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Jezebel 1938. Fay was also nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe in the 1961 movie The Children’s Hour.

But on this Memorial weekend while we all know ‘war is hell’ especially for the soldier it was also ‘hell’ for those at home. And what film better to prove it but Best Picture nominated: The Human Comedy 1943 MGM, starring Mickey Rooney in his Best Actor nominated role. Mickey outdid himself in this movie as he did in all of the movies he acted in. When your oldest brother is off fighting the war it’s up to you to step up to the plate as Mickey’s character Homer did. Taking on a job after school working until midnight to help pay the rent, put food on the table etc. for widowed Mom (Bainter), older sister played by Donna Reed and younger brother played by the unforgettable Butch Jenkins, while not sharing your trials and tribulations with your older brother who has worries of his own (will he ever come home again…) played by Van Johnson.

In 1938 at age18 Mickey Rooney received an Honorary Oscar-Juvenile for his significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth, and as a juvenile player setting a high standard of ability and achievement.  He appeared in eight movies that year: Hold That Kiss, Love is a Headache, Lord Jeff, Love Finds Andy Hardy, Judge Hardy’s Children, Boys Town, Out West with the Hardy’s and Stablemates.

In 1983 he also received an Honorary Oscar for his fifty years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances. Mickey Rooney was nominated four times for Oscars Best Actor Award he received two Golden Globes for performances in 1964 and 1981. He was nominated four times for Emmy Awards either as an Outstanding Lead actor or Outstanding Single performance and won a Primetime Emmy for his performance in the 1981 movie ‘Bill’. Those are just a few of the various other acting awards and accolades he received throughout his long career.

We lost Mickey Rooney at age 93 in April of this year a year to the month that we lost Deanna Durbin also a recipient of the 1938 Juvenile Oscar Award the only time it was given to two Juvenile actors in the same year.  The last film Mickey will have made an appearance in, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb will be released in December 2014.