CONGRATULATIONS GOLDEN GLOBE WINNERS!
Now it's on to the 86th Academy Awards hosted by
Ellen DiGeneres on Sunday March 2nd.
But even before the nominations are announced on
January 16th, we thought you may be interested in some little-known facts about that highly coveted statuette known as Oscar.
Several Oscars have gone missing over the years, notably:
Olympia Dukakis's Moonstruck Academy Award was stolen
from her home. The Academy replaced it.
Whoopi Goldberg's Oscar for Ghost---when sent out to
be cleaned---went missing. Happily, it was found in
an airport trash can.
William Hurt's golden statuette for Kiss of the Spider
Woman went missing during a move. Police found it
damaged in a ditch by the side of a road.
During WW ll, the Academy acknowledged the war effort
and shortage of materials by fabricating the Oscars in plaster.
They were later exchanged for the real thing.
There have only been two acting ties in Oscar history. In 1932
Wallace Berry (The Champ) and Frederic March (Dr. Jekyl and
Mr. Hyde) won Best Actor Awards. As for actresses, in 1969 Katherine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) and Barbra Streisand split the votes.
When a star leaves his or her seat for any reason, one of an army of approximately 125 seat fillers goes into action. Lest you
think this is the ultimate volunteer gig, they are explicitly told
not to initiate conversations with celebrities or ask
Over the past twelve years, eight recipients of Best Actress
and six of Best Actor won for roles based on real people.
Might this bode well for Tom Hanks (as Capt. Phillips and
Mr. Banks), Dame Judith Dench (as Philomena Lee in Philomena) and Forest Whitaker (as Cecil Gaines in The Butler)? Watch the 2014 Academy Awards presentation carefully on March 2nd. You never know what interesting events may make this list.