Oscar!!! (Part 2)


Previously posted on June 20, 2010. Click it here.

Here are other facts about Academy Awards:

1. Oscar’s Dark Period (2006-2008): racial-themed, police-gangster clash, and brutal crime films were subsequently awarded Best Picture, consecutively were Crash, The Departed, and No Country For Old Men.

2. Oscar’s lowest rating: 80th Academy Awards, in which Coen brothers’ No Country For Old Men, a brutal crime picture about a drug deal gone wrong, was awarded Best Picture. Only 18.66% of Americans, or 31.66 million viewers, were watching the event at that time.

3. Oscar’s highest rating in terms of households’ numbers watching: 70th Academy Awards, in which James Cameron’s Titanic was awarded Best Picture. Approximately 57.25 million pairs of eyes watched the event.

4. Slumdog Millionaire and Gandhi are Indian-themed films to have been awarded Best Picture.

5. One of the quotes as cited during 73rd Academy Awards: “I have seen the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but I asked myself: ‘Why aren’t there any Tigers or Dragons?’ And then I realized why: They’re crouching and hidden.” – host Steve Martin.

6. Steven Soderbergh, perhaps, was the only director nominated twice for Oscars in the same year. He was nominated for ‘Traffic’ and ‘Erin Brockovich’, and won one for ‘Traffic’.

7. Clint Eastwood was the oldest winner, and had brought home 2 Oscars for Best Directors: Unforgiven (a Western film, also awarded Best Picture) and Million Dollar Baby (a drama about a female boxer and her struggle in winning the championship, also awarded Best Picture).

8. Meryl Streep was nominated 16 times for Best Actress. She won 2 Oscars from Kramer vs. Kramer (a family drama about a divorced husband struggling to obtain rights for his only son from his ex-wife) and Sophie’s Choice (a drama about a Holocaust survivor). Other movies in which she was nominated: The Deer Hunter, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Silkwood, Out of Africa, Ironweed, A Cry in The Dark, Postcards from The Edge, The Bridges of Madison County, One True Thing, Music of The Heart, Adaptation, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, and Julie & Julia.

9. Two actors were consecutively awarded Best Actors: Spencer Tracy (1937, 1938) and Tom Hanks (1993, 1994). Tom Hanks won Best Actor in Philadelphia (a drama about a gay lawyer, portrayed by Hanks, who contacted AIDS and got indiscriminated from his own law firm) and Forrest Gump (a fictional biographical picture about an autist man who was gifted with lucks in his lifetime).

10. Of all animation films awarded Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature, most of them were produced by Pixar. The others were Shrek, Spirited Away, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit, and Happy Feet.

11. ‘Beauty and The Beast’, ‘A Whole New World’, ‘My Heart Will Go On’, ‘You’ll Be In My Heart’, are all awarded Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Aren’t these songs most of us, if not all, really really like very much?

12. Oscar’s Romantic Period (1997-1999): romance films were subsequently awarded Best Picture, consecutively were The English Patient (a film about a nurse falling in love with a wounded pilot during second World War), Titanic (most of all must have known the storyline), and Shakespeare in Love (a comedy-drama about William Shakespeare’s love story).

13. In 1999, two war films, Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line were ‘battling’ against each other to earn a piece of Best Picture, but instead, it was a romance film titled Shakespeare in Love which won it. Best Director was granted to Steven Spielberg, at last, who directed the former one.

To be continued…

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