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.


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.

It Happened One Night

1934 was the first year to choose pictures for eligibility for Academy Awards within a calendar year: January 1st thru December 31st. It was the first year all of the major awards were swept away by one single movie, It Happened One Night. Talk about your sour grapes these awards were received by Columbia Studios a poverty row studio. Columbia Studios did not have a large stable of actors but what it did have was Frank Capra. And the Hollywood moguls also had a way of punishing contract players by loaning them out to lower studios to appear in low budget movies to keep them in line.
I’m sure Clark Gable an MGM boy and Claudette Colbert a Paramount girl were laughing all of the way to the podium when they received their Best Actor, Best Actress Oscars. I can picture Clark thumbing his nose to old Louis B.
On a side note 1934 was the year that almost 6 year old Shirley Temple received her miniature Oscar statuette for her ‘outstanding contribution to screen entertainment’. Shirley appeared in nine features during the calendar year.

Ben Hur

The 1959 version of Ben Hur was one of the greatest movies made in the past century. Best Picture, Best Actor(Charlton Heston), Best Supporting Actor(Hugh Griffith), Best Director(William Wyler, MGM), Best Cinematographer – Color(Robert Surtees), Best Art Direction/Set Direction, Best Costume Design-Color(Elizabeth Haffenden), Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Special Effects, Best Music Score(Miklos Rozsa), and nominated for Best Screenplay based on a novel.
Who knew? The novel Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ was written by Union General Lewis (Lew) Wallace and published in 1880. Wallace’s inspiration for the book came after a long train ride and conversation with a noted atheist at the time Robert Ingersoll.
Lew Wallace a son of Indiana, a Civil War General, a Governor of New Mexico Territory during the famous ‘Lincoln County’ wars and U.S. Minister to Turkey in 1885 wrote a story that first saw the light of day on film two years after he passed away in 1905. Then another version in 1925 was filmed with the hunky Francis X. Bushman as Messala, and Ramon Novarro as Ben-Hur. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would be founded two years later in 1927. Is the 1959 version of Ben Hur historically accurate? I’m thinking you have to read the book to find out. I’ll let you know.