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All about Oscar

There was only one Oscar to win an Oscar and that was Oscar Hammerstein II. He won for his song, “The Last Time I Saw Paris” from the movie “Lady Be Good” in 1941.

The only x-rated movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture was “Midnight Cowboy” in 1969.

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John, Ethel, and Lionel Barrymore

The only brother and sister to win an Oscar for acting were Ethel Barrymore for Best Actress in “None but the Lonely Heart” in 1944 and Lionel Barrymore for Best Actor in “A Free Soul” in 1931.

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The first movie to be filmed in color which won the Best Picture Award was the unforgettable “Gone With the Wind” in 1939.

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Several people have been nominated for an Academy Award after they were deceased. The first person to be nominated posthumously was screenwriter Sidney Howard for “Gone With the Wind”. The only actor to be nominated twice after his death was James Dean. Once for Best Actor in “East of Eden” in 1955 and the next year for Best Actor in “Giant” in 1956. Since that was after his death you know he was a wonderful actor who could have gone far.

There have been three actors who won an Oscar for playing characters which don’t say a single word through the entire film. Winning the Best Actress Award in 1948 was Jane Wyman for her portrayal of a deaf-mute in “Johnny Belinda”. In 1970 Sir John Mills won Best Supporting Actor portraying a mute village idiot in “Ryan’s Daughter” in 1970. Finally, Holly Hunter won Best Actress in 1993 for playing the mute Ada McGrath in “The Piano”.

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The actor who hosted the most Academy Awards was Bob Hope. He hosted a total of eighteen Academy Award ceremonies.

Oscar officially became Oscar in 1939.

At the 61st Academy Awards which were held in 1989 the phrase “And the winner is…” was replace by the phrase “And the Oscar goes to…”

In 1974 at the Academy Award ceremony a man called Robert Opal suddenly ran across the stage stark naked while flashing a peace sign. Actor David Niven was onstage to introduce the Best Picture category when the streaker ran by behind him. Niven jokingly said, “The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping and showing his shortcomings/”

Three people have refused to accept their Oscars. Winner for Best Screenplay Dudley Nichols for “The Informer” in 1935. George C. Scott for Best Actor in “Patton” in 1970 and Marlon Brando for Best Actor in “The Godfather” in 1972.

The Academy Award Ceremonies have been postponed three times. It was delayed for a week in 1939 due to flooding in L.A. Held back for two days in 1968 because of the funeral for Martin Luther King Jr. and for one day in 1981 because of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

The Oscars were first televised in 1953 and shown for the first time in color in 1966.

To support the war effort during WWII Oscar was made out of plaster. After the war, the statuette could be traded in for a bronze one.

Both “The Turning Point” in 1977 and “The Color Purple” in 1985 were nominated eleven times for the Oscar but didn’t win a single award.

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Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Haviland

It has happened twice in Academy Award history. In 1941 two sisters were nominated for the Best Actress award. Joan Fontaine for “Suspicion” and Olivia de Havilland for “Hold Back the Dawn”. Joan Fontaine won and the sisters were split by jealousy.

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Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave

In 1966 Lynn Redgrave for “Georgy Girl” and Vanessa Redgrave for “Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment” were nominated for the Best Actress Award. In this case, neither sister won.

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  1. Hollywood is always fun to review and look at.

    Love this, the family twist was nice! I knew James Dean (He was from Indiana) had been nominated after his death, I didn’t know both nominations were after he had died.

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    • I can tell you, Doc even though Old Hollywood fascinated me the most I can write about what I know and pick up but if I had lived during those days I would most certainly have wanted to be a gossip columnist just to get to know all of the stars personally and get to go to some of those awesome parties. I really think Hollywood today is not what it once used to be and even though there are some great talents I have lost track of who is who these days.

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