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.

David Niven ~ Star of the Month

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I’ve come to the conclusion that David Niven was a rich man; rich in friends, rich in talent, rich in words that describe a bygone era that we will never see again. David Niven experienced the spectrum of Classic Hollywood first doing extra work for various studios, supplementing his income as crew on deep sea fishing trips finding that deep sea fishing experience and sailing was as important for making contacts in Hollywood as playing a good game of tennis.
I re-read Niven’s book ‘Bring on the Empty Horses’ when I found out he was to be TCM’s October Star of the Month. It is a book I highly recommend. Niven always seemed to be at the right place at the right time, sharing rich humorous anecdotes about early Hollywood 1935 thru 1960. David signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn Studios in 1935. Other big names for that studio were: Ronald Coleman, Joel McCrea, and Gary Cooper. David writes about his friendship with: Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Ronald Coleman, Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant to name a few.
David also wore the hat of Producer when he and other foresighted friends: Ida Lupino, Charles Boyer, and Dick Powell formed Four Star Productions. Four Star produced some of the most popular television series in Classic Hollywood Television during the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Producing, Directing, and Writing, Four Star was an outlet during the no longer leading man or leading lady era, it also brought in the bacon for other stars looking for work after the breakup of the studio system.
David Niven, Star of the Month, Oscar Winner, Actor, Writer, Producer. What an enjoyable month.