Tomorrow is the day that they reveal the Oscar nominations so today I thought it’d be fun to learn a little Oscar trivia.
Though it is a great honour, in the entertainment industry, to win an Oscar, three people have refused the Oscar. The first was Dudley Nichols, a writer who refused on the basis that there was a writers strike going on against the film studios. The second was George C. Scott, who said that the politics around the awards made the whole thing demeaning. He also added that the ceremony was a ‘two hour big meat parade’. The third person to turn down an Oscar was Marlon Brando, a year after Scott. He won for The Godfather and rejected the Oscar due to the poor depiction of Native Americans by Hollywood.
People who win Oscars must sign an agreement stating they will not sell the Oscar. This is called The Winners Agreement.
Actress Maggie Smith won an Oscar by playing an Oscar losing actress in California Suite.
The Best Picture award once went to an X-rated movie, Midnight Cowboy.
Walt Disney has received the most Oscar nominations to a single person.
Hopefully this trivia will tide you over until the nominations are released tomorrow.
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The fighter is a biographical movie based on the career and life of boxer Micky ward. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Wahlberg has been trying to get this movie made since 2005, partially because he really wants an Oscar. Better luck next time Wahlberg, as he failed to get nominated for best actor, but the movie may still win best picture and director David O. Russell is also up for an Oscar.
The movie gives a detailed look at Ward’s early career. It also focuses on his brother, who trained him, getting addicted to cocaine. Bale’s performance as Ward’s sibling, Dicky Eklund, is rumoured to have stole the show as his character faces the more difficult storylines. These rumours appear to be true as Bale did get nominated for an Oscar, best supporting actor, also Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, from The Fighter, have both been nominated for best supporting actress, so it’s pretty much just Wahlberg that didn’t get a nomination. Anyone else starting to feel sorry for Mark Wahlberg?
The movie hits Irish and UK cinemas this Wednesday, the 2nd of February, so be sure to check it out.
Do you think Mark Wahlberg should get a pity Oscar? Have you seen this film? If so, did you like it?
True Grit was originally a book by Charles Portis. In 1969, a year after the books release, a movie adaptation was made, this movie starred John Wayne as, a character with true grit, Reuben (Rooster) Cogburn. John Wayne won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award (Oscar) for his performance; this was the only time, in his entire career, that Wayne got an Oscar. Although the book was a standalone story, the movie had two sequels. The first, of these sequels, also starred John Wayne and followed the same basic story as its predecessor. The second, on the other hand, starred Warren Oates; this sequel was made-for-TV, which shows the decline in popularity from the first, which did so well, and its sequels.
The 2010 version is not just a simple remake. It’s the reopening of a genre of movie that hasn’t really been explored in film lately; hopefully it will be more successful than when Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino brought back Grindhouse. Even if you’re not a fan of westerns, it’ll be interesting to see how modern technology affects the genre.
The movie is about a fourteen year old girl called Mattie, who hires Cogburn, an aging US marshal, to help catch Tom Chaney, the man that killed her father. Mattie is determined to go along on the search, even though Cogburn tries to stop her. A Texas Ranger called La Boeuf, is also looking for Chaney and goes along with Mattie and Cogburn, against Mattie’s will.
This version is closer to the book than the first one. The book is narrated by Mattie, as an old woman who is retelling the events of how she avenged her father’s death. The new movie is also narrated by an older Mattie, but this was left out of the original movie, possibly to leave it open for sequels.
The new True Grit, and its cast, has already been nominated for many awards, including the Oscar for best actor (Jeff Bridges is nominated). Winning awards isn’t anything new for the cast, Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges play La Boeuf and Cogburn respectively, both of which already have an Oscar. The movie is already been released in the US, but it doesn’t come out in Ireland until the 11th of February, the day after it opens for the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.
What do you think of this movie? Do you think this is the return of westerns? If so, do you think it’s a good think? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.