Oscar ~ America America

The only nominated film for Best Oscar in 1963 that I had seen at the local theatre was How the West Was Won and at the time I was very disappointed that this film featuring Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Stewart, Carroll Baker, and a cast of thousands did not win Best Picture. However fifty…

Oscar ~ Best Picture 1963

Frank Sinatra, introduced as a Producer/Director from Warner Brothers handed out the Oscar for the Best Picture, the nominees were: America America, Cleopatra, How the West Was Won, Lilies of the Field and Tom Jones. As Frank read the Best Picture nominee titles the picture of a fake movie marquee with the title of the…

Oscar ~ Best Actor 1963

Anne Bancroft the Best Actress for 1962 presented the Best Actor Award: The Best Actor nominees were: Albert Finney for Tom Jones, Richard Harris for This Sporting Life, Rex Harrison for Cleopatra, Paul Newman for Hud and Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field. Technically four of the five nominees were British. Sidney Poitier a…

Oscar ~ Best Actress 1963

Gregory Peck the Best Actor in the previous year presented the Best Actress Award. The Best Actress nominees for 1963 were: Leslie Caron for The L-Shaped Room, Shirley Maclaine for Irma La Douce, Rachel Roberts for This Sporting Life, Natalie Wood for Love with the Proper Stranger, and Patricia Neal for Hud. Three out of…

Oscar ~ Best Supporting Actor 1963

Patty Duke presented the Best Supporting Actor award .The Best Supporting Actor nominees for 1963 were: Nick Adams for Twilight of Honor, Bobby Darin for Captain Newman, M.D., Hugh Griffith for Tom Jones, John Huston for The Cardinal, and Melvyn Douglas for Hud. I love watching the Oscar clips from the classic Oscars, scouring the…

Oscar ~ Best Supporting Actress 1963

The five films nominated for Best Picture of 1963 were: (Color) Cleopatra-Walter Wanger, Producer U.S.; How the West Was Won-Bernard Smith, Producer U.S.; Tom Jones-Tony Richardson, Producer British. (B & W) Lilies of the Field-Ralph Nelson, Producer U.S.; America America-Elia Kazan, Producer U.S.(born in Turkey) Talk about a British Invasion, an International group of women…

Oscars

If it isn’t one thing it is another, controversy seems to swirl around the ceremony. It’s either ‘Oscar so white’, ‘Oscar so right’ or ‘Performers so political’. This is also the time of year when TCM features 31 Days of Oscar movies. This year they are featuring Oscar winning or nominated film from A to…

The Art of Manhood in Classic Hollywood

Since the beginning film has always held some responsibility to project where we are as the human race. Where we are developmentally, mentally, emotionally, societally, and aspirationally. You can look to any period in film, and see through the lens of the movie camera what society was striving for, what they thought of themselves, what…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2014

Eddie Redmayne received the Best Actor Oscar in 2014 for his performance in the movie The Theory of Everything. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2014 fourteen were from the U.S. two each from California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, one each from Arizona, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin….

OSCAR STATS ~ 2013

Matthew McConaughey received the 2013 Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the movie Dallas Buyers Club. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress Nominees for 2013 twelve were from the U.S. two from California, two from Illinois, one each from Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey, Kentucky and one born in Italy…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2012

Daniel Day-Lewis received the Best Actor Oscar in 2012 for his spot on performance in the movie Lincoln. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2012 fourteen were from the U.S. five were from New York, three California, one each from Pennsylvania, Texas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and one born in Italy…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2011

Meryl Streep received the Best Actress Oscar in 2011 for her performance in the movie The Iron Lady. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2011 twelve were from the U.S. two from California, two from Oklahoma, one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Montana, New Jersey, New York, and South Carolina….

OSCAR STATS ~ 2010

Colin Firth received the Best Actor Oscar in 2010 for his performance in the movie The King’s Speech. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2010 twelve were from the U.S. four from California, two from New York, one each from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana and one born in Italy while…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2009

Jeff Bridges received the Best Actor Oscar in 2009 for his performance in the movie Crazy Heart. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2009 fourteen were from the US, two from California, one Kentucky, one Tennessee, one Massachusetts, one Texas, three New York, one Virginia two from New Jersey, one Maryland…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2008

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…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2007

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…

OSCAR STATS – 2006

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,…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2005

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…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2004

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…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2015

Contrary to popular belief the Oscars consist of more than: five nominations each for Best Actor/Actress, and five nominations each for Best supporting Actor/Actress. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a Multi-National entity. There are twenty-four categories and NOT counting the twenty people nominated for: Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress there…

Norma Rae

This iconic picture of Sally Field as Norma Rae holding the Union sign is to remind people of the reason for the Labor Day Holiday. For her performance in the 1979 film Norma Rae, Sally Field received the Best Actress award. The movie was based on the real life of textile worker Crystal Lee Jordan…

Warren Oates

“There were forty western series, and I went from one to the other. I started out playing the third bad guy on a horse and worked my way up to the No. 1 bad guy,” Oates once quipped. Most know for the films/tv by director Peckinpah (Ride the High Country, Major Dundee, The Rifleman) Warren…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford TCM’s star for the day acted in eleven Noir movies between 1945 and 1956. She received the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Mildred Pierce in 1945. Joan was nominated for Best Actress in the Film Noir thriller about ‘who was going to kill whom’ Sudden Fear in 1952. However the Oscar…

Summer Under the Stars – Olivia De Havilland

Ninety-nine year old Olivia De Havilland was also a Film Noir Girl, starring in two famous noir films. The 1946 Dark Mirror a Nunnally Johnson Production, directed by Robert Siodmak (if you had attended the Summer of Darkness Noir Course you would know Robert is a big deal in the Noir world). Vladimir Pozner was…

The Letter

Week One of the Daily Doses of Darkness for those of us in Noir school highlighted the 1941 movie of ‘The Letter’ with Bette Davis. The first five minutes of this movie are intense. However…in the past I had also seen the 1929 version starring Jeanne Eagels. I re-watched it to see if there was…

Tammy and the Bachelor

Tammy and the Bachelor a 1957 Summer Release starring Debbie Reynolds is the ultimate bully movie. Seventeen year old Tammy raised down on the river by her bible preaching, moonshiner grandpaw witness a plane crash on the river. Hoping to find saleable salvage from the plane crash down river at the whirlpool they fish out…

2000-2011 Best Oscar Songs

In 2001 the Academy, saw the writing on the wall. It was a new Century another new decade and a newly created category; Best Animated Feature. One thing is for certain animated movies are here to stay. There is no longer a studio system to keep actors busy. Animated features seem to fill the bill….

1989~1999 Best Oscar Songs

Hmmm definitely a new decade, seven of the ten Best Songs chosen for Oscars are songs from animated film. Beauty and the Beast was nominated for Best picture in 1991. There were eighteen other nominations mostly for song or musical score. Best Score for a musical or comedy went to five animated movies. At the…

John Williams ~ 1980’s

In the 1970’s John Williams Original Music Score Nominations for the Oscars enlivened ten memorable movies of the decade with three wins. In the 1980’s Williams was nominated for eleven movies with one win. All were unforgettable movies with remarkable music scores. Besides congratulations on this fantastic feat since this is John Williams Birth month…

Best Oscar Songs of the Seventies

Best Songs? I don’t know…I’m just not crazy about any Oscar winning songs in movies during the seventies (well maybe Shaft –Isaac Hayes did an awesome performance of his song during the April 10, 1972 Oscar Awards night). When I think of the early seventies I think of disaster movies like The Poseidon Adventure or The…