Are you a movie fan? Of course you are, who isn’t? With all the fun of the Golden Globes out of the way, and the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards coming out tomorrow morning, we thought it was a good time to share some fun movie trivia with you guys, that you guys can in turn share with others when those inevitable conversations pop up about this years “Oscar Race”.
Ten Best Picture winning films have gone on to win Best Picture without receiving any acting nominations for any of its cast. Can you guess which ones they are?
WINGS, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, GRAND HOTEL, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, GIGI, THE LAST EMPEROR, BRAVEHEART, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
What were the three awards given during Oscar’s first year only that were never given again?
BEST ARTISTIC QUALITY OF PRODUCTION, BEST TITLE WRITING (an award for silent films), BEST COMEDY DIRECTION
There are only three films in history that have won the top five major awards, for Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay. Do you know them?
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
The actress who has received the most acting nominations is Meryl Streep with 16 nominations currently and the potential to gain more. Katharine Hepburn was the previous record holder with 12 nominations, and she still holds the record for the most Oscar wins by an actress, with 4 Best Actress trophies.
Jack Nicholson is Oscar’s most honored male actor, currently with 12 nominations, and 3 Oscar wins, most recently in 1997 for AS GOOD AS IT GETS.
Talk about a perennial Oscar favorite : Woody Allen, having only one acting nomination, has been nominated 19 times for either writing or directing.
The youngest Oscar winner ever? Tatum O’Neal, who at age 10 in 1973 won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for PAPER MOON. Justin Henry in KRAMER VS. KRAMER was the youngest ever nominated.
The oldest Oscar winner over? 81 year old Jessica Tandy, for DRIVING MISS DAISY in 1989. Gloria Stuart is the oldest nominee ever, nominated in 1997 for TITANIC at the age of 87.
Who are Oscar’s most honored film directors? William Wyler has 12 nominations for Best Director, the most for any director, and he won three times. One director has won more Oscars for directing though, and that is John Ford, winning four Oscars for directing. Ford was always well known for his Westerns, but amazingly his four directing Oscars came for films that were unlike the films we usually associate with him … can you name them? He won for directing THE INFORMER, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY, and THE QUIET MAN.
Five individuals have won back to back Oscars one year after another, can you name them? Luise Rainer was the first, in 1936 and 1937. Spencer Tracy won the lead acting Oscar two years in a row, 1937 and 1938. Katharine Hepburn won the Lead Actress Oscar two years in a row in 1967 and 1968, and then Jason Robards won the Supporting Actor Oscar two years back to back in 1976 and 1977. Most recently, Tom Hanks won back to back Oscars in 1993 and 1994 for two very different performances, a gay lawyer dying of AIDS in PHILADELPHIA, and a simple man making his way through life in FORREST GUMP.
Best Picture winners are typically films with long running times, but which three films are the longest? Three run more than three and a half hours … GONE WITH THE WIND, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, and BEN-HUR.
Speaking of length, what Oscar ceremony was the longest in history? It wasn’t too long ago! It was the 74th Annual Academy Awards, honoring the films of 2001, that ran some four hours and eighteen minutes by varying accounts of it. Before that, it was the 1999 telecast that ran four hours and eight minutes long, one of only three to run past four hours! The 1998 telecast ran four hours and two minutes.
I bet you didn’t know that it wasn’t until 1985 that all 10 leading acting nominees were Americans!
Only two actors have won Oscars for a performance in a foreign language film … Sophia Loren in TWO WOMEN and more recently, Roberto Benigni for LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.
Who has hosted the Oscar telecast the most? No surprise here, Bob Hope is the reigning champ, hosting the show 18 different times between 1939 and 1977. Billy Crystal is the next runner up, having hosted eight times. Johnny Carson did it five times, Jack Lemmon and Whoopi Goldberg did it four times, and David Niven hosted the Oscars three times.
It’s still hard to believe, but in 1941, when Orson Welles won the Screenplay Oscar for his immortal classic CITIZEN KANE, the film almost universally regarded as one of the greatest of all time, he was actually booed by the Oscar audience at the time. Some genuises just are not recognized in their time.
There is actually one Best Picture winning film that was originally a television series : MARTY, the Best Picture winner of 1955.
Oscar’s most honored individuals: In the Best Actress category, as you probably know, Katharine Hepburn once held the all time record, with 12 nominations spanning from 1932 to 1981. And she has also won the most acting Oscars of any other actor, 4 of them. Do you know for which films she won for? MORNING GLORY, GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER, THE LION IN WINTER, and ON GOLDEN POND. Meryl Streep recently surpassed Hepburn with 13 nominations, but not as many wins. The other most honored leading actresses include Bette Davis, with 11 nominations. Geraldine Page received 8 Best Actress nominations, Greer Garson and Jane Fonda each received the honor of a nomination 7 times, as well as Ingrid Bergman.
How about the leading actors? Jack Nicholson leads the pack, with 12 nominations and 3 Oscar victories, all happening since 1969. Laurence Olivier received 10 nominations, Spencer Tracy and Paul Newman were nominated 9 times, and a fine group of actors were nominated 8 times : Marlon Brando, Jack Lemmon, and Al Pacino. And poor Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton — they each were nominated 7 times, but never won.
Only five actors have managed the feat of winning back-to-back Oscars, in other words, winning Oscars two years in a row … they include Tom Hanks, Spencer Tracy, Luise Rainer, Katharine Hepburn, and Jason Robards.
Two directors have managed the feat of winning back-to-back directing Oscars. They were John Ford (for THE GRAPES OF WRATH and HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY in the early 40’s), and Joseph Mankiewicz for PEOPLE WILL TALK and ALL ABOUT EVE right around 1950.
Two films share an honor they probably would rather not share … two films have been nominated for 11 Oscars, without winning a single one of the awards they were nominated for. They were THE COLOR PURPLE and THE TURNING POINT.
For more fun Oscar trivia you can check out this website here: http://www.oscarworld.net/ow.asp?P=11