RECORDS AND CURIOSITIES...
Over the years since its inception in 1927/8, the Oscars awards ceremony
has led to a number of curious records and coincidences, and even the
occasional incident. Below are detailed just a few...
Sweeping the Board
Protests and Refusals
SWEEPING THE BOARD
- Three films share the record for the highest number of awards received:
the 1952 epic BEN-HUR set the record by achieving
11 out of a possible 15 Oscar categories (nominated in 14 of them). Since then
James Cameron's TITANIC (1997) and
Peter Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003)
have each won 11 out of a possible 17 Oscars (nominated in 12 and 11 categories respectively).
This site includes a comparison of awards for the first two films.
The film currently holding 4th place for total Oscar awards is the 1961 musical
WEST SIDE STORY, which won 10 Oscars.
- TITANIC shares a different record for
most nominations (14 out of 17 possible) - alongside Joseph L. Mankiewitz's
ALL ABOUT EVE (winner of Best Film in 1950),
nominated in 14 out of 15 possible at the time but going home with only six.
- The only film produced outside of America or Britain to have such sweeping success
is Bernardo Bertolucci's 1987 Chinese/Italian co-production
THE LAST EMPEROR, which won all nine of its nominated categories.
However several U.S. produced films have had greater nominations ("Gone With The Wind",
"From Here To Eternity", "Shakespeare In Love", "Forrest Gump" and
"Chicago" sharing 13 nominations each).
- The most Oscar-successful British film to date is Richard Attenborough's
epic bio-pic GANDHI, which achieved 8 awards for 1982,
including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor.
- A complete sweep of all five major Oscars (for Best Picture, Director,
Screenplay, Actor and Actress) has only occurred three times:
for IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934),
for ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975), and
for SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991).
The most recent films to come close by winning 4 of the top 5 awards were
1994's "Forrest Gump" (which had no Best Actress nomination) and
1999's "American Beauty" (which failed to win Best Actress award).
- 1964 was exceptional for being the one year that all four acting awards were won
by non-Americans. Sweeping the board were three from England and one from Greece:
REX HARRISON ( for "My Fair Lady"),
PETER USTINOV ( for "Topkapi"),
JULIE ANDREWS ( for "Mary Poppins") and
LILA KEDROVA ( for "Zorba The Greek").
- Although the musical CABARET swept the 1972 Awards
ceremony with eight Oscars, it failed to win Best Picture (which went to
"The Godfather" instead). "Cabaret" therefore has the
unfortunate distinction of having the most Oscar awards of any film without
winning Best Picture.
- WARREN BEATTY (brother of Shirley
MacLaine and recipient of a 1999 Honorary Thalberg Award) is the only
person in Academy history to have been nominated as producer, as director,
as writer and as actor all in the same film. Furthermore he has
achieved this distinction twice: for "Heaven Can Wait" in 1978
(a remake of 1941's "Here Comes Mr.Jordan" rather than the
1943 "Heaven Can Wait") and for "Reds" in 1981 (for which
he won the Best Director award).
- WALT DISNEY
holds the record for the highest number of individual Oscars awarded...
In his lifetime he received 20 Oscars, but he was posthumously
awarded a further 6, making a total of 26. Of all the statuettes awarded him,
the most famous "set" were an Oscar and seven miniature statuettes in 1938
for the film "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs".
- A rather unique Oscar was awarded to
in 1928 for "Best Title Writing". It was given at the very first
Awards ceremony, when the first-ever soundtracked film "The Jazz Singer"
also received a Special Oscar, and by the next year "talkies" had arrived in
full - making further Awards for silent film titles completely redundant.
- PETER FINCH and HEATH LEDGER
are the only persons to have won an Acting Award posthumously - and both were Australians.
Peter Finch (British-Australian
star of such films as "A Town Called Alice", "Far From The Madding Crowd"
and "Sunday, Bloody Sunday") died soon after completing the film "Network",
in which his role as a manic tv-presenter finally earned him the top male Oscar for 1976.
Heath Ledger was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his penultimate film "The Dark Knight"
in 2009, a year after his death from a prescription drug overdose.
- The circumstances of MAGGIE SMITH's
award for Best Supporting Actress in 1978 (for "California Suite")
were somewhat unusual: in the film (a Neil Simon comedy set in a Hollywood
hotel), she played an English actress nominated for an Oscar Award... a case of
life somewhat imitating art...
- Strangely, Maggie Smith was also the first of four women in succession
to win Best Supporting Actress with the same initials ("M.S.")!
From 1978-81 it went to Maggie Smith, then to Meryl Streep, then to Mary
Steenbergen, then to Maureen Stapleton... The theme immediately continued
in "reverse" fashion in 1982-3 for Best Leading Actress, being won by "M.S."
(Meryl Streep) and then "S.M." (Shirley McLaine).
- The youngest person ever to receive an Oscar was the 5-year-old
SHIRLEY TEMPLE in 1934, when she received
an Honorary one (called a "Special Oscar" at the time) for achievements
in several films. Otherwise the youngest person to win a competitive Academy Award is
TATUM O'NEAL, who was 10 years old when she
achieved Best Supporting Actress for 1973's "Paper Moon"
(in which she starred alongside her father Ryan O'Neal).
- GEORGE BURNS was the oldest Oscar
winner in a competitive category when he won the 1975 award for
"The Sunshine Boys" at age 80, until at the 1989 awards
80-year old JESSICA TANDY won Best Actress for
"Driving Miss Daisy". She later surpassed even that mark by
receiving her second Oscar nomination in 1991 at age 82 (for
"Fried Green Tomatoes").
However MYRNA LOY is the oldest female recipient of
any Oscar, having been given an Honorary Award in 1990 when she was 85 years old.
GROUCHO MARX is the oldest male recipient, having been
given an Honorary Award in 1973 when he was 83 years old.
- The turn of the 70s/80s saw something of a revived interest in older actors,
and the oldest group of acting winners in any one year occurred in the Awards for 1980:
Henry Fonda (aged 77), John Gielgud (also 77), Katharine Hepburn (72) and
Maureen Stapleton (56) had a combined average age of 70·5 years old.
- Forerunner of them all, CHARLES CHAPLIN (1889-1977),
genius of over 100 silent screen comedy classics, was presented with a Special
Oscar at the first Awards ceremony in 1927/8 for producing "The Circus"
and continued making films for many years after, until receiving an Honorary Oscar in 1971.
However the only Academy Award he ever won competitively was for music - with Best Original
Dramatic Score (1952) for "Limelight".
- Despite the cinema having several well known families of actors
(eg. the Barrymores, the Hustons and the Redgraves), this was not reflected in Awards until
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA and his sister
TALIA SHIRE became the first brother and sister
to be nominated for Oscars for performances in the same film ("The Godfather Part II", 1974).
The Winners List
- It is rare for the "top" Oscar to be awarded to anything other than
an "epic" drama or war film, or a "feelgood" film touching on illness or
disabilities (eg. Mrs.Miniver, The Lost Weekend, Marty,
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Rainman, Forrest Gump, A Beautiful Mind).
- The 1998 winner SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE was
the first "romantic comedy" to win Best Film since
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT 64 years earlier in 1934
(although some argue that Woody Allen's winning 1977 neurotic comedy
ANNIE HALL comes close to being in the same
- DANCES WITH WOLVES
(1990) was the first "western" for 60 years to win the Oscar for Best Film,
despite it being the only American-invented film genre.
The previous western winner was
CIMARRON in 1930/1, and since 1990 the only
other western to achieve the top award has been Clint Eastwood's
UNFORGIVEN in 1992.
- An era of "musical" Best Films ended suddenly with
OLIVER! in 1968, since when no musical
(except for 2002's CHICAGO) has won
the award. Yet in the previous decade from 1958-67 the top Oscar had also
gone to four other musicals
(Gigi, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, The Sound Of
Music). Biggest victim of the apparent decline in musical
appreciation was 1972's "Cabaret" (8 awards but not best Best Picture).
- David Lean's 1962 epic LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
is unique in being the only film to win the Best Film award without
containing a single female speaking role. In fact the only female featured
in the entire film is a camel named Gladys!
The Winners List
- The 1987 Chinese/Italian co-production
THE LAST EMPEROR by Bernardo Bertolucci is
the only film produced outside of America or Britain to have received the
ultimate award for Best Motion Picture. However it was not a foreign language film,
and so was not nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
- In 1998 ROBERTO BEGNINI (who won
Best Actor and Best Foreign Film awards as the writer/director/star of
"Life is Beautiful") became only the second person to have won an
Oscar for acting in a foreign language film.
SOPHIA LOREN, who presented Begnini with the
award for Best Foreign Film, was the first: she won Best Actress
in 1961 for her performance in "Two Women".
Since then, MARION COTILLARD has become the third
foreign language recipent, winning Best Actress for the 2007 French film
"La Vie En Rose".
- Only six films have won both an Oscar for Best Foreign
Language Film and other Academy Awards as well:
The 1963 winner, Fellini's "8½" (Italian) also
won an Oscar for Best Costume Design;
"A MAN AND A WOMAN" (French, 1966) also won the
Best Original Screenplay Oscar;
Costa-Gavras's "Z" (French/Algerian) in 1969
also won for Film Editing;
and Ingmar Bergman's "FANNY AND ALEXANDER" (Sweden, 1983)
won 3 further Oscars for Cinematography, for Art Direction and for Costume Design.
1998's winner, "LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL" (Italian) also
received the Best Actor award for Roberto Benigni and a music award for Best
Original Dramatic Score.
And most recently, Ang Lee's "CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON"
(Taiwan, 2000) won 3 further Oscars for Cinematography, for Art Direction & Set Design, and for
Original Music Score.
The Winners List
- JOHN FORD
holds the record for most "Best Directing" awards - four in total, from five nominations,
from 1935 (for "The Informer"), 1940 ("The Grapes Of Wrath"),
1941 ("How Green Was My Valley") and 1952 (for "The Quiet Man").
Intriguingly for the architect of the cinematic American west, none are
Westerns - "Stagecoach" (1939), his only other directing nomination, failed to win him an award
and "The Searchers" (1952) was passed over completely.
- As for other directorial achievers, only FRANK CAPRA and
WILLIAM WYLER stand close with three awards each, although Wyler's
three (for "Mrs Miniver" (1942), "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) and the
epic 1959 "Ben-Hur") came from 14 nominations - the most nominations ever achieved by a
- JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ
deserves a special mention for his efforts in Directing for 1949.
He achieved Best Director in that year for "A Letter To Three
Wives", but the film itself failed to achieve Best Picture - instead
that honour went to "All The King's Men"... also directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz!
- MANKIEWICZ also went on to achieve a
rare "follow-on" Oscar in the next year (1950) for directing
"All About Eve", something that has otherwise only happened to
JOHN FORD (in 1941 and 1942 for
"The Grapes Of Wrath" and "How Green Was My Valley").
- ALFRED HITCHCOCK
(the renowned "Master of Suspense") never won a single award for Best
not even when his film "Rebecca" (1940) was voted Best Motion
Picture... Among the film profession, many (who ultimately also do the
voting) found the Master difficult to work with...
- Another maverick, STANLEY KUBRICK
(who died in 1999 and was responsible for such films as "Spartacus",
"Paths Of Glory", "Dr.Strangelove", "A Clockwork Orange",
"2001: A Space Oddysey" and "The Shining") never won a Best
Director's award. Nor did did the influential but independent film-maker
ROBERT ALTMAN (whose films included
"Mash", "Nashville" and "Gosford Park").
And none of their films achieved Best Motion Picture either. Even
MARTIN SCORSESE (whom many film critics
call "the greatest American director alive today"...) spent many years in the
"Oscar" wilderness until securing the 2006 "double" of Best Director and Best Film
with "The Departed" (a film which curiously failed to attract
any Best Actor/Actress nominations, let alone awards).
The Songwinners' List
- From 1934 until 1971, every award for Best Original Song went to
a "Tin Pan Alley"-type ballad only (although most of the winning songs were
and have remained classics). But after the start of popular rock'n'roll in
the mid-1950s, still no rock, soul or blues song won the top award - not
even an Elvis movie song - until ISAAC HAYES
broke the mould with 1971's soul music "Theme From Shaft"".
- Since then, the awards have recognised other rhythmic song-styles but
the preferred choice among Academy voters is still for laid-back or MOR
songs with lyrics usually associated with romance. Only three songwriters have
won the top award with uncompromising lyrics - the performing artists
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN with "Streets of
Philadelphia" for 1993, BOB DYLAN with
"Things Have Changed" for 2000, and EMINEM
with "Lose Yourself" for 2002.
- The prolific popular songwriter RANDY NEWMAN was
nominated 15 times (8 for Best Score, 7 for Best Song) before finally winning at his 16th
attempt with the song "If I Don't Have You" at the ceremony for 2001. Since then
"We Belong Together", his 20th nomination, has won him a second Oscar.
- At the other end of the musical scale, maestro composer and arranger
JOHN WILLIAMS remains at the top of the music lists
with five awards from 45 nominations (41 for Best Dramatic Score and four for Best Song).
His works include the scoring of
"Star Wars" (1977),
"E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) and
"Schindler's List" (1993).
- Apart from "Best Original Score" and "Best Original Song", there is a third musical Award
category still in existence - "Best Original Musical". Due however
to continuous insufficient eligibility each year, it has not been awarded since 1984 (when
won by "Purple Rain").
- Throughout its first 73 years until March 2002, the Best Actor Oscar
had only been won by a black man once - by SIDNEY POITIER for
"The Lilies In The Field" in 1963, despite the emergence of strong roles for
coloured actors and actresses from the 1960s onwards.
- Meanwhile, only three black American actors had won the Best
Supporting category, and all comparatively late on:
LOUIS GOSSET Jr (1982),
DENZIL WASHINGTON (1989) and
CUBA GOODING Jr (1996); and in the female arena
only WHOOPIE GOLDBERG (1990) had matched the
singular achievement of Best Supporting Actress 51 years earlier by
HATTIE McDANIEL (1939).
- Finally in 2002 the 74th Award show saw Afro-Americans win both top
honours, and both in the same year - Best Actress for the first time, and
Best Actor again at last: first
HALLE BERRY (for her 2001 performance in
"Monsters Ball") and then
DENZIL WASHINGTON (for his portrayal of a
bad cop in "Training Day").
Two years later JAMIE FOXX was nominated in
both acting categories (the only person ever to have achieved this double)
for his Leading Role in the biopic "Ray" (for which he won the Oscar)
and his Supporting Role in "Collateral".
The Winners List
- Several actors have won 2 oscars in their careers, but only
WALTER BRENNAN and
JACK NICHOLSON have achieved a record 3
Oscars for Best Acting in Leading and/or Supporting roles.
- LAURENCE OLIVIER was nominated
11 times (10 for acting roles) during his career - a record only
surpassed recently by JACK NICHOLSON
with his 12th acting nomination in 2002.
- SPENCER TRACY
was the only actor ever to achieve the Best Actor award two years in succession
(in 1937 and 1938, for "Captains Courageous" and "Boys Town") - until
repeated the feat in 1993 and 1994 (for "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump")...
The only other actor to achieve a near-similar "repeat" accolade is
who won the award for Best Supporting Actor in both 1976 and 1977
(for "All The President's Men" and "Julia").
- BARRY FITZGERALD is the only person ever
to have been nominated for the same role in both Best Supporting Actor
and Best Actor categories, after his 1944 performance as a priest in
"Going My Way".
He ultimately won the award for Best Support, the Best Actor award going
instead to the film's fellow priest and crooner
BING CROSBY... Since then, the Academy's rules
have been changed to prevent a nomination in both categories.
- Several people have been nominated for different portrayals of the same
character (either in the same film or in different films), but
MARLON BRANDO (for "The Godfather", 1972) and
ROBERT DeNIRO (for "The Godfather II", 1974) are
the only persons to have actually won Oscars for performances as the same character (being
that of Don Corleone).
The Winning List
- KATHERINE HEPBURN achieved and still holds the record
of four Oscars for Best Female Acting in a Leading and/or Supporting role.
Nominated 12 times (and all for Leading Roles only) during a span of 48 years, her
four Oscars were awarded for 1933 ("Morning Glory"), 1967 ("Guess Who's Coming
To Dinner"), 1968 ("The Lion In Winter") and 1981 ("On Golden Pond").
- Among all other actresses only
INGRID BERGMAN has approached close to Hepburn's
unique feat, with 3 Oscars awarded for 1944 ("Gaslight"),
1956 ("Anastasia") and 1974 (with her Supporting Role in
"Murder On The Orient Express"). Ingrid Bergman's
tally is perhaps all the more remarkable considering that she was ostracised
by the Hollywood community for several years after 1948 because of her married affair
with Roberto Rossellini (Italian director of "Stromboli").
- LUISE RAYNER was the only actress ever to
achieve the Best Actress award two years in succession (in 1936 and 1937, for
"The Great Ziegfeld and "The Good Earth") - until
KATHERINE HEPBURN did the "double" in 1967
(for "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner") and 1968 (for "The Lion In Winter").
Curiously Hepburn's "two-in-a-row" feat also happened to match the previous
achievement of her partner SPENCER TRACY...
- Surprisingly, MERYL STREEP has just two Oscars
(for a Supporting Role in 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer" and a Leading Role in
1988's "Sophie's Choice"). With her 12th acting nomination (and 10th in a leading role)
for 1999's "Music Of The Heart" she equalled the record for most-nominated
actress set in 1981 by Katherine Hepburn, and surpassed it with her 13th nomination
for a Supporting Role in 2002's "Adaptation". She still holds the record to the
present day ("Doubt" in 2008 and "Julie and Julia in 2009 being her
15th and 16th nominations in a 31 year span comprising 13 for Best Actress and 3 for
Best Supporting Actress).
The Writers List
- Comedian-turned-director WOODY ALLEN has been nominated
a record 14 times for Best Original Screenplay (as well as being nominated once for
Best Actor and six times for Direction). Close behind (and also a director) is
BILLY WILDER, with 11 nominations for Screenplay (and 8 for
direction and 2 as producer).
Among writer-directors, only six people have won Oscars for Best Picture, Directing and Screenplay
on the same night:
BILLY WILDER, JAMES L. BROOKS,
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, PETER JACKSON,
ETHAN COEN and JOEL COEN.
- GERALDINE PAGE did share with Richard Burton and
Peter O'Toole the record for most acting nominations without a win (seven), until her
eighth nomination won her the 1985 Best Actress award for "The Trip To Bountiful".
- AL PACINO joined Burton and O'Toole for seven
nominations without a win for a Support Role in 1992's "Glegarry Glen Ross" - but
only for a few moments as the same year's Oscar ceremony went on to award him
his only Oscar, for a Lead Role in "Scent Of A Woman" (his eighth nomination).
- In 2006 Irish actor PETER O'TOOLE received a further eighth
nomination (and, like Kathering Hepburn, each time for a Leading Role only) for his part
in "Venus", making him the most nominated person never to win a competitive Oscar.
This was after the bestowal of an Honorary Oscar at the 2003 Awards for his entire body of work
and his lifelong contribution to film. Famously, O'Toole initially tried to turn down the honour
by writing the Academy a letter saying that he was "still in the game" and would like more
time to "win the lovely bugger outright". The Academy informed him by reply that they would
bestow the honorary award whether he wanted it or not! His children also admonished him and
eventually persuaded him to appear at the 2003 ceremony to accept the Honorary award.
- Close behind RICHARD BURTON's seven unsuccessful
nominations, the actors ARTHUR KENNEDY and
ALBERT FINNEY share five nominations without a win.
Other famous actors who have never won an Oscar include
CARY GRANT (versatile star of more than 70 romantic comedies
and thrillers, he was nevertheless denied an Oscar throughout his career because he was one
of the first actors to be contractually independent of the major studios),
JAMES DEAN (who died in 1955 just after completing "Giant",
his third film), STEVE McQUEEN (only ever nominated once,
for his 1966 Lead Role in "The Sand Pebbles"), and HARRISON FORD
(nominated just once for 1985's "Witness" despite starring in 6 of the top 10 highest grossing
films by 1989 - the "Star Wars" trilogy and the "Indiana Jones" trilogy).
- Two actresses nominated six times without a win
(Scottish rose DEBORAH KERR and gravel-voiced New Yorker
were almost joined by KATE WINSLET who finally won
an award after being nominated a sixth time for her 2008 leading performance in "The Reader".
Other famous actresses who have never won a competitive Oscar include
GRETA GARBO (who famously retired from movie-making
in the 1940s to become a recluse), successful child-to-adult star
JUDY GARLAND (who received a special juvenile award
for 1939 however), and last but not least the biggest female screen icon of them all
- MARILYN MONROE.
- Another non-winner who deserves to be singled out is BRIAN DONLEAVY.
He was unsuccessfully nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the 1939 film "Beau Geste".
The film (not itself nominated) is often cited as the only movie (non-documentary) to feature
as many as four (later) Academy Award winners for Best Acting in a Leading Role (being
Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Susan Hayward and Broderick Crawford). In the 1940 Awards however
none of them were nominated for their Beau Geste roles - that honour only went to
Brian Donleavy, for his part as "Sergeant Markoff".
- The 1968 Oscar awards ceremony was noteable for producing the
only tie in votes for Best Actress, resulting in 3 female acting Oscar awards
being presented. The tie for Best Actress occurred between
KATHERINE HEPBURN (for "The Lion In Winter") and
BARBARA STREISAND (for "Funny Girl").
- The only other tie in votes for acting occurred in the 1931/2 awards season
(some five years before separate Oscars were created for supporting roles). The 1931/2
tie occurred between
FREDERICK MARCH (for "Dr.Jekyll And Mr.Hyde") and
WALLACE BEERY (for "The Champ").
PROTESTS and REFUSALS
- The first ever Award winner to boycott an Awards ceremony was writer
DUDLEY NICHOLS, who won "Best Screenplay" in 1936 for "The Informer"
but refused to attend because of conflicts between the Academy and the Writer's Guild.
- Only two people other have ever refused to accept an Academy Award. Both
were Best Actors.
GEORGE C. SCOTT refused his 1970 award for
the title role in "Patton: Lust For Glory" because he detested the
actual character of the man he had portrayed (although he had also
stated in 1961 that he would never accept an Oscar award), and
MARLON BRANDO refused his 1972 award for
the title role in "The Godfather" as a means of publicising the
cause of Native American Indians. In order to protest Hollywood's
(and America's) poor treatment of Native Americans, Brando sent a woman
who called herself SACHEEN LITTLEFEATHER
to make a "refusal speech" on his behalf. In true Hollywood fashion
however, she was later revealed as not a true Native American but just
an actress playing the part of one...
- In contrast, VANESSA REDGRAVE
used her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 (for
"Julia") as a vehicle for speaking out live in favour of the
Palestinian cause to millions of television viewers...
- In 1973 ROBERT OPAL briefly interrupted the
awards ceremony by streaking naked across the stage while live on national
television. Presenter DAVID NIVEN immediately
remarked off-the-cuff in front of millions:
"Just think, the only laugh that man will ever get is for stripping and
showing off his shortcomings."
- In 1956 during the McCARTHY WITCH-HUNT PERIOD
any nominee either declaring Communist Party membership or declining to
testify before the Congressional Committee on Un-American Activities was
declared to be ineligible for any Academy Award nomination. This rule only
lasted for two years however, as many of the "blacklisted" performers
and craftsmen continued to be nominated by their fellows in the industry.
The strength of feeling aroused by this issue was echoed as late as 1998,
when many actors and technicians refused to applaud the Honorary Oscar
presented to veteran director ELIA KAZAN (who
notoriously did testify to the Committee against many of his fellows).
While never refusing any awards, WOODY ALLEN has always
refused to attend the ceremony or acknowledge his three Oscar wins (for writing and
directing 1977's "Annie Hall" and for writing 1986's "Hannah and Her Sisters").
He has broken this pattern only once, appearing unannounced at the Academy Awards
ceremony in 2002 to make a plea for producers to continue filming their movies in
New York City after the 11 Sept 2001 attacks. There he stated onstage
"I didn't have to present anything. I didn't have to accept anything.
I just had to talk about New York City", and was given a standing ovation before
introducing a montage of movie clips featuring New York.
- Actress GREER GARSON holds the record for
delivering the longest acceptance speeeeeech.... (for "Mrs Miniver in
1942). How long? Well, apparently the recommended time was 45 seconds per speech
but Ms.Garson (known in the industry at the time as "the Queen of Hollywood") spoke
for all of seven minutes!
- When JACK PALANCE stepped up to receive his
Supporting Oscar in 1991 (for "City Slickers), the then-73-year-old
actor celebrated by performing several one-armed press-ups onstage...
In 1993 TOM HANKS unknowingly "outed" his gay high school
drama coach live on national television by thanking him for his inspiration in his Best
Actor speech (for the role of an Aids victim in "Philadelphia") - an incident
that soon became the basis for a Kevin Kline film "In & Out".
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