Trivial Matters – Films that won two acting Oscars without a Best Director nomination

Quite often, I find the trivia relating the Best Director award to be more interesting and revealing than Best Picture. This is one of those times, because directing and acting are, to my mind, so inseparably connected. If a film has great acting, it's probably because it had a great director. I've noted that Shakespeare in Love …

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37th Academy Awards (1964) – Part II

(Part I.) I've been looking forward to this entry for almost five years. Even though I've seen Dr. Strangelove probably two dozen times, and can quote it start to finish without batting an eyelash, you better believe I was more than happy to sit down and watch it again. Five years ago I would have said …

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Trivial Matters – Films Nominated in Separate Years

Sometimes, due to oddities in release dates and L.A. premieres, films end up receiving nominations outside of their "accepted" years. The most extreme example is Charles Chaplin's Limelight, which was released in 1952 but didn't enter Oscars contention until twenty years later, when it finally saw its L.A. debut. It subsequently won Chaplin his only competitive …

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37th Academy Awards (1964) – Part I

My Fair Lady, George Cukor* Becket, Peter Glenville Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Stanley Kubrick Mary Poppins, Robert Stevenson Zorba the Greek, Michael Cacoyannis This was, excuse me, a damn fine selection of nominees. 1964 had possibly the greatest category synergy of any year in Academy history: …

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36th Academy Awards (1963) – Part I

Tom Jones, Tony Richardson* America America, Elia Kazan Cleopatra, Joseph L. Mankiewicz How the West was Won, John Ford et al. Lilies of the Field, Ralph Nelson Seems the Academy needed a bit of a pick-me-up after the undeniably gorgeous but oh-so-depressing "man-crushed-into-desert-dust" Lawrence of Arabia, and came back in 1963 with one of the lightest …

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Trivial Matters – Films Nominated for Best Actress and Nothing Else

It continues...here are the 93(!) films to date that have only received nominations in the category of Best Actress (* = winner). Actresses that appear more than once are Marie Dressler (2 films); Rosalind Russell (2); Bette Davis (2); Katharine Hepburn (2); Jessica Lange (4); Joanne Woodward (2); Jodie Foster (2); Meryl Streep (4); Julie …

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