Gregory Peck Academy President 1967


Sometimes the Oscar show is rescheduled due to a National Tragedy which happened April 10, 1968.
The assassination of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 shocked the nation. The Oscars were programed for April 8th but due to Dr. King’s funeral the show went on, only a couple of days later. Gregory Peck the President of the Academy for 1968 spoke eloquently about ‘the fateful week in the history of our nation’, how ‘we must unite in compassion in order to survive’ and to ‘continue to celebrate in film the dignity of man’. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night two movies out of five dealing with thought provoking issues of racial understanding garnered ten nominations for Dinner with two wins and seven nominations for Night with four wins.
There was a time in the 60’s when nominees tried to get out of attending this award night for various reasons. For 1967 Gregory Peck twisted arms to make sure people showed up. The only nominees that did not attend that year were Katherine Hepburn (who won for Best Actress) because she was in France filming the Mad Woman of Chaillot and Spencer Tracy who had been nominated posthumously. In the Heat of the Night was honored as Best Picture. In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner were both honored for their Screenplay’s one adapted one original.

Audrey Hepburn – Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award 1992


Gregory Peck presenting Audrey Hepburn with Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993 for 1992.
In 1954 Jean Hersholt presented Audrey Hepburn with her first Oscar for her performance in the 1953 film Roman Holiday. On March 29, 1993 Audrey Hepburn received posthumously the award that was created after Jean Hersholt’s death in 1956. Audrey passed away on January 20th 1993 eight days after it was announced she would be receiving this award. Her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer accepted the award on her behalf.

Audrey Hepburn Best Actress 1953


Gary Cooper Best Actor 1952 reading nominations for Best Actress 1953.

Sometimes the academy gets it right. We fell in love with Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Audrey’s competition (oops fellow nominees) were two other fairly new actresses, Leslie Caron in Lili and Maggie McNamara for The Moon is Blue and two veteran actresses Ava Gardner for Magambo and Deborah Kerr in: From Here to Eternity. Back in the day the Oscars were televised on dual coasts. Donald O’Connor was the Master of Ceremonies for the west coast; Fredric March was MC on the East Coast.
No wonder Audrey looks a little flummoxed in this clip. She was appearing in the Broadway play Ondine at the time and had just arrived with a police escort from her performance after the final curtain, shortly before her name is read.
Jean Hersholt from whom the Jean Hersholt Humanatarian Award is named after presents Audrey with her Oscar.

Scrooge

 

If I wasn’t absolutely in love with Albert Finney for all his amazing roles; as real life lover to Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road, the delicious Tom Jones, or heck even as the old, ornery uncle to Russell Crowe in A Good Year, I wouldn’t be able to come to this film with as much love as I do. It’s difficult to imagine a singing Scrooge in the tattered and poverty stricken streets of London, but somehow, Albert Finney pulls it off.  As a musical made when musicals were fizzling, they really give it all they got in this one.

Grace Kelly Princess of Monaco

November 12, 1929 ~ September 14, 1982           Grace Kelly                  To Catch a Thief, High Society

“The princess of Monaco is the latest cover star of Tatler, with one of her most iconic photos peering back at readers of the December 2013 issue.” Much like Audrey Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti’s recent tribute and contribution to his mother in the book Audrey in Rome, Grace’s daughter in law Princess Charlene of Monaco recently honored Grace Kelly at the Princess Grace Awards Gala. With the new exhibit, From Philadelphia to Monaco opening in P.A. Grace is enjoying a resurgence in popularity- not that she was ever without it. The Iconic Hitchcock Blond, when wooed by the Prince of Monaco knew her fame and fortune as a Hollywood Star was on the chopping block, and while she struggled with the idea of leaving her fans, who could blame the temptation of royalty? What was your favorite Grace Kelly film?