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 – 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.

Hollywood Good Girl Jean Arthur

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Hollywood Good Girl ~ Jean Arthur

Apart from the extremely steamy scene on the steps in The More the Merrier and the two husbands problem in Too Many Husbands, Jean actually was a very good girl. We saw it in innocent roles on screen in Easy Living as the broke writer who finds some good luck, and as the job seeking well meaning cook in If Only You Could Cook. Off screen Frank Capra could find no one more worthy to play his morally laced roles, even if she did throw up before shooting her scenes. Having left Hollywood at the height of her career after an Oscar nomination she went on to teach at Vassar for 5 years, and taught student Meryl Streep! Who knew?  Jean was only married twice(one annulled and one divorce), and spent the good part of her life alone with her cats… sad, and yet somehow, maybe for Jean Arthur, simply perfect.

Olivia de Havilland Oscar Reunion 2002


We all attend some kind of reunion at one point or another in our life, family, friends or school. What a star studded get together there was for the 75th Anniversary year of the Oscars in 2002. Fifty-nine Oscar recipients all on stage and who better to present them but two time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland.
Dame Julie Andrews, Kathy Bates, Halle Barry, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Nickolas Cage, Sir Michael Caine, George Chakiris, Jennifer Connelly, Sir Sean Connery, Geena Davis, Daniel Day Lewis, Olivia de Havilland, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Louise Fletcher, Brenda Fricker, Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr., Joel Grey, Tom Hanks, Marsha Gay Harden, Dustin Hoffman, Celeste Holm, Anjelica Houston, Claude Jarmin Jr., Jennifer Jones, Shirley Jones, George Kennedy, Sir Ben Kingsley, Martin Landau, Cloris Leachman, Karl Maldon, Marlee Matlin, Hayley Mills, Rita Moreno, Patricia Neal, Jack Nicholson, Margaret O’Brian, Tatum O’Neal, Jack Palance, Luise Rainer, Julia Roberts, Cliff Robertson, Mickey Rooney, Eva Marie Saint, Susan Sarandon, Maximillian Schell, Mira Sorvino, Cissy Spacek, Mary Steenbergen, Meryl Streep, Barbara Streisand, Hillary Swank, Jon Voight, Christopher Walken, Denzel Washington, Teresa Wright.

Newest from the year 2002: Peter O’Toole, Catherine Zeta Jones, Chris Cooper, Nichole Kidman, Adrian Brody.

Elia Kazan Honorary Academy Award 1998


Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro presenting Elia Kazan with an Honorary Academy award.
Sometimes the Academy Awards are embroiled in controversy. For 1998 the 71st year of the awards the commotion was about the Academy Board of Governors deciding to give Elia Kazan an Honorary Award in recognition of his indelible contributions to the art of motion picture direction. The only problem was some members of the Academy had long memories and did not forgive Kazan for appearing before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the McCarthy era in Washington D.C.
At that time it was damned if you do, damned if you don’t, so in 1952 Elia Kazan found himself between a rock and a hard place. Rat out your friends or go down with the ship. Mr. Kazan chose what some felt was the rat option. I find it is very easy for people to say they would have done this or they would have done that. No one really knows what they would do unless they were actually in Mr. Kazan’s shoes.
Elia Kazan was a brilliant director; he directed some of the most socially controversial films in our film history, subjects that had not been dealt with before. Gentlemen’s Agreement, Pinky, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, Splendor in the Grass, A Face in the Crowd to name a few. City for Conquest is the movie I remember him for the most  since it was one of his few acting credits, it was a small but memorable part. You can read more about Kazan and his sins online or any of the books written about him.  During the March 21, 1999 presentation many in the Academy audience stood and applauded Kazan but to those ‘holier than thou’s’ (who shall remain nameless) out there that sat on their hands and their derrières in front of an 89 year old man to show him their contempt I say ‘judge not least ye be judged’. Only history will judge Kazan’s actions, was naming names as bad as if he were um say an accused child molester? Who knows…