1/1-1/10: Did you know that Bill Condon's 2006 film "Dreamgirls" is the only film ever to
have received eight Academy Award nominations that wasn't also nominated for best picture?
1/11-17: Did you know that Thelma Ritter was nominated for six best supporting actress Oscar
awards without ever taking home a statuette?
1/18-1/24: Did you know that William A. Wellman's silent film "Wings" won the first ever
Oscar for Best Picture?
1/25-1/31: Did you know that with her recent Academy Award nomination for best actress for
the film "Doubt" that Meryl Streep tied Katharine Hepburn's record of 12 best actress nominations?
2/1-2/7: Did you know that with when Peter Finch won the best actor award for "Network" that
he was the only actor to ever win a posthumous Oscar to this date (2/1/09)?
2/8-2/14: James Whitmore passed away this week at age 87. Did you know he was nominated in
1976 for a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of President Harry S. Truman in "Give 'em Hell, Harry!"?
you know that the first Academy Awards broadcasted on television was on March 19, 1953? The show was hosted by Bob Hope.
2/23-28: Did you know that by winning the best actor
Oscar this week that Sean Penn has tied Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Tom Hanks, Daniel Day Lewis, Fredric March, Dustin Hoffman
and Spencer Tracy for the most best actor awards with two?
3/1-3/7: Did you know that during a scene in John
Schlesinger's 1976 film "Marathon Man" that Dustin Hoffman insisted upon actually being held underwater to get a realistic
shot? After several takes Hoffman had to be given oxygen.
Did you know that Steve Martin's film debut was in Carl Reiner's 1979 film "The
3/15-3/22: Did you know that Sylvester Stallone has won the "worst actor" Razzie a record
four times for worst in film excellence?
3/23-3/30: Did you know that the late Natasha Richardson's first major film role was as Frankenstein
author Mary Shelley in Ken Russell's 1986 film "Gothic"?
4/1-4/11: Did you know that the character Walter Neff in "Double Indemnity" (1944) was orginally
named Walter Ness, but director/writer Billy Wilder found out that there was a man living in Beverly Hills named Walter Ness
who was actually an insurance salesman. To avoid being sued for defamation of character, they changed the
4/12-4/19: Because director
Roger Corman did not believe that “The Little Shop of Horrors”
had much financial prospect after its initial theatrical run, he did not bother to copyright it, resulting in the film falling
into the public domain.
5/22-5/29: Did you know that during the filming
of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film "Apocalypse Now" that star Martin Sheen almost died from a severe heart attack?
Did you know that Lee Marvin is buried next to boxing great Joe Louis in Arlington National Cemetery?
6/9-6-15: Did you know that character actor Ward Bond appeared in 26 John Ford films?