|What You Need to Know about the Oscars This Sunday
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Posted: February 21, 2013
by Ted Greenberg
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One of the biggest nights of the year is upon us. The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday night, February 24th in Los Angeles. The big show offers a smorgasbord to dissect: the couture, the red carpet interviews, what happens to Ryan Seacrest, who actually wins, the after parties. The host. Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane takes the reins this year for the first time. On the scale of Oscars’ hosts, I think he’ll fare better than James Franco but not quite as well as Chris Rock.
For the real juice, I asked a couple of Oscars experts for color commentary on show business’ biggest night. I was hunting for trivia to wow people at the Oscar party I’m attending. Now I share it with you. Doug, who has seen my weekly comedy show, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, twice, and Jay have both seen every film nominated for Best Picture. Not just this year, but every year. And, both of them offered Academy Award trivia to impress your friends with.
Doug’s two tidbits are: “(1) If Argo wins Best Picture, it will be the third year in a row that a showbiz-related movie wins the category (I include King’s Speech as having been show bizzy) and (2) that all five best supporting actor nominees — Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) are previous Oscar winners.”
Jay compared 2013 to 1989: “This year’s Oscars are very reminiscent of the 1989 Oscars in the following ways: The oldest nominated Actress ever is a favorite to win (Jessica Tandy won for Driving Miss Daisy/Emmanuelle Riva for Amour); Daniel Day-Lewis is nominated and will win in both years for Best Actor (My Left Foot/Lincoln); and the favorite for Best Picture did not score a nomination for that film’s director (Driving Miss Daisy had no nomination for director Bruce Beresford/Argo has no nomination for director Ben Affleck). Spooky, no?”
And, given that I have a non-speaking Mascot, I loved this trivia that Jay shared: “Only six actors have received Oscar nominations for non-speaking roles. Jane Wyman won Best Actress for Johnny Belinda, Patty Duke won Best Supporting Actress for The Miracle Worker, John Mills won Best Supporting Actor for Ryan’s Daughter, Holly Hunter won Best Actress for The Piano, Samantha Morton was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Sweet and Lowdown, and Rinko Kikuchi was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Babel. Most people include Marlee Matlin on this list for Children of a Lesser God, but she actually does speak throughout the film.” Mascot you have a chance.
Happy Oscar viewing and break a leg Seth MacFarlane.
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