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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Entertainment Fact or Fiction - Academy Awards Pt. 2

The Academy traditionally brings out a big star or famous name to present its biggest award of each Oscar Night ... Best Picture (especially in more recent times). Here's a list of all of the individuals who opened that biggest of envelopes and announced the Academy's Best Picture each year:

1927-28: Douglas Fairbanks
1928-29: William C. DeMille
1929-30: Louis B. Mayer
1930-31: B.P. Schulberg
1931-32: William LeBaron
1932-33: Will Rogers
1934: Irvin S. Cobb
1935: Harry Cohn
1936: George Jessel
1937: Frank Capra
1938: James Roosevelt
1939: Y. Frank Freeman
1940: Mervyn LeRoy
1941: David O. Selznick
1942: William Goetz
1943: Sidney Franklin
1944: Hal Wallis
1945: Eric Johnston
1946: Eric Johnston
1947: Fredric March
1948: Ethel Barrymore
1949: James Cagney
1950: Ralph Bunche
1951: Jesse Lasky
1952: Mary Pickford
1953: Cecil B. DeMille
1954: Buddy Adler
1955: Audrey Hepburn (on film)
1956: Janet Gaynor
1957: Gary Cooper
1958: Ingrid Bergman
1959: Gary Cooper
1960: Audrey Hepburn
1961: Fred Astaire
1962: Olivia de Havilland
1963: Frank Sinatra
1964: Gregory Peck
1965: Jack Lemmon
1966: Audrey Hepburn
1967: Julie Andrews
1968: Sidney Poitier
1969: Elizabeth Taylor
1970: Steve McQueen
1971: Jack Nicholson
1972: Clint Eastwood
1973: Elizabeth Taylor
1974: Warren Beatty
1975: Audrey Hepburn
1976: Jack Nicholson
1977: Jack Nicholson
1978: John Wayne
1979: Charlton Heston
1980: Lillian Gish
1981: Loretta Young
1982: Carol Burnett
1983: Frank Capra
1984: Laurence Olivier
1985: John Huston, Akira Kurosawa, and Billy Wilder
1986: Dustin Hoffman
1987: Eddie Murphy
1988: Cher
1989: Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson
1990: Barbra Streisand
1991: Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman
1992: Jack Nicholson
1993: Harrison Ford
1994: Robert De Niro and Al Pacino
1995: Sidney Poitier
1996: Al Pacino
1997: Sean Connery
1998: Harrison Ford
1999: Clint Eastwood
2000: Michael Douglas
2001: Tom Hanks
2002: Michael Douglas & Kirk Douglas
2003: Steven Spielberg
2004: Dustin Hoffman & Barbra Streisand
2005: Jack Nicholson
2006: Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton
2007: Denzel Washington
2008: Steven Spielberg
2009: Tom Hanks
2010: Steven Spielberg
2011: Tom Cruise
2012: Jack Nicholson & First Lady Michelle Obama
2013: Will Smith

Ever wonder who the youngest and oldest nominees and winners have been in the major categories?

BEST ACTOR
Youngest nominee: Jackie Cooper, age 10, for Skippy in 1931
Youngest winner: Adrien Brody, age 29, for The Pianist in 2002
Oldest nominee: Richard Farnsworth, age 79, for The Straight Story in 1999
Oldest winner: Henry Fonda, age 76, for On Golden Pond in 1981

BEST ACTRESS
Youngest nominee: Keisha-Castle Hughes, age 13, for Whale Rider in 2003
Youngest winner: Marlee Matlin, age 21, for Children of a Lesser God in 1986
Oldest nominee: Jessica Tandy, age 81, for Driving Miss Daisy in 1989
Oldest winner: Jessica Tandy, age 81, for Driving Miss Daisy in 1989

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Youngest nominee: Justin Henry, age 9, for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979
Youngest winner: Timothy Hutton, age 19, for Ordinary People in 1980
Oldest nominee: George Burns, age 80, for The Sunshine Boys in 1975
Oldest winner: George Burns, age 80, for The Sunshine Boys in 1975

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Youngest nominee: Mary Badham, age 9, for To Kill A Mockingbird in 1962
Youngest winner: Tatum O'Neal, age 10, for Paper Moon in 1973
Oldest nominee: Gloria Stuart, age 87, for Titanic in 1997
Oldest winner: Peggy Ashcroft, age 77, for A Passage to India in 1984

BEST DIRECTOR
Youngest nominee: John Singleton, age 24, for Boyz N The Hood in 1991
Youngest winner: William Friedkin, age 32, for The French Connection in 1971
Oldest nominee: John Huston, age 79, for Prizzi's Honor in 1985
Oldest winner: Clint Eastwood, age 74, for Million Dollar Baby in 2004

The overall youngest person to actually receive a Oscar however was Shirley
Temple, receiving a non-competitive honorary Oscar in 1934.

Ever wondered what film director directed the most actors to Oscar victories? It was William Wyler, who directed 14 actors to acting award victories. Elia Kazan was second with 9 Oscar winning actors, followed by Fred Zinnemann with 6, and George Cukor, John Ford, and Woody Allen, all directing 5 actors to Oscar victories. For a complete look at the entire history of directors and how many acting victories they directed, click here.

Two countries are tied for having the most Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winners. France and Italy are tied with 12 films a piece winning foreign film honors since the Foreign Film award officially became a competitive award (it was awarded for several years as a Special Academy Award before the first competitive one given in 1948). Russia/former Soviet Union is second with 4 films winning the Oscar, and here are the rest.

(3) Japan, Sweden, Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic, Spain, Netherlands
(2) Switzerland, Denmark, Germany
(1) Algeria, Ivory Coast, Hungary, Argentina, Taiwan, Bosnia & Herzegovina
The majority of the films that have won the Best Picture Academy Award were adapted from other sources.
36 of the 75 Best Picture winning films were adapted from novels.
12 of them were adapted from stage plays or stage musicals.
1 was adapted from articles.
1 was adapted from a TV show.
1 was adapted from various writings.
And 24 of the 74 Best Picture winning films were original screenplays.

DETAIL:
BEST PICTURE WINNING FILMS FOR ORIGINAL STORY,  ADAPTATION ORIGINAL OR ADAPTED SOURCE

1954: On the Waterfront ADAPTED ARTICLES

1929/30: All Quiet on the Western Front ADAPTED NOVEL

1930/31: Cimarron ADAPTED NOVEL

1935: Mutiny on the Bounty ADAPTED NOVEL

1937: The Life of Emile Zola ADAPTED NOVEL

1939: Gone with the Wind ADAPTED NOVEL

1940: Rebecca ADAPTED NOVEL

1941: How Green Was My Valley ADAPTED NOVEL

1942: Mrs. Miniver ADAPTED NOVEL

1945: The Lost Weekend ADAPTED NOVEL

1946: The Best Years of Our Lives ADAPTED NOVEL

1947: Gentleman's Agreement ADAPTED NOVEL

1949: All the King's Men ADAPTED NOVEL

1953: From Here to Eternity ADAPTED NOVEL

1956: Around the World in 80 Days ADAPTED NOVEL

1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai ADAPTED NOVEL

1958: Gigi ADAPTED NOVEL

1959: Ben-Hur ADAPTED NOVEL

1963: Tom Jones ADAPTED NOVEL

1967: In the Heat of the Night ADAPTED NOVEL

1968: Oliver! ADAPTED NOVEL

1969: Midnight Cowboy ADAPTED NOVEL

1970: Patton ADAPTED NOVEL

1971: The French Connection ADAPTED NOVEL

1972: The Godfather ADAPTED NOVEL

1974: The Godfather Part II ADAPTED NOVEL

1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ADAPTED NOVEL

1979: Kramer vs. Kramer ADAPTED NOVEL

1980: Ordinary People ADAPTED NOVEL

1983: Terms of Endearment ADAPTED NOVEL

1985: Out of Africa ADAPTED NOVEL

1990: Dances with Wolves ADAPTED NOVEL

1991: The Silence of the Lambs ADAPTED NOVEL

1993: Schindler's List ADAPTED NOVEL

1994: Forrest Gump ADAPTED NOVEL

1996: The English Patient ADAPTED NOVEL

2001: A Beautiful Mind ADAPTED NOVEL

1989: Driving Miss Daisy ADAPTED STAGE PLAY

1931/32: Grand Hotel ADAPTED STAGE PLAY

1932/33: Cavalcade ADAPTED STAGE PLAY

1938: You Can't Take It with You ADAPTED STAGE PLAY

1943: Casablanca ADAPTED STAGE PLAY

1948: Hamlet ADAPTED STAGE PLAY

1961: West Side Story ADAPTED STAGE PLAY

1964: My Fair Lady ADAPTED STAGE PLAY

1965: The Sound of Music ADAPTED STAGE PLAY

1966: A Man for All Seasons ADAPTED STAGE PLAY

1984: Amadeus ADAPTED STAGE PLAY

1955: Marty ADAPTED TV SHOW

1962: Lawrence of Arabia ADAPTED WRITINGS

1927/28: Wings ORIGINAL

1928/29: The Broadway MelodyORIGINAL

1934: It Happened One Night ORIGINAL

1936: The Great Ziegfeld ORIGINAL

1944: Going My Way ORIGINAL

1950: All About Eve ORIGINAL

1951: An American in Paris ORIGINAL

1952: The Greatest Show on Earth ORIGINAL

1960: The Apartment ORIGINAL

1973: The Sting ORIGINAL

1976: Rocky ORIGINAL

1977: Annie Hall ORIGINAL

1978: The Deer Hunter ORIGINAL

1981: Chariots of Fire ORIGINAL

1982: Gandhi ORIGINAL

1986: Platoon ORIGINAL

1987: The Last Emperor ORIGINAL

1988: Rain Man ORIGINAL

1992: Unforgiven ORIGINAL

1995: Braveheart ORIGINAL

1997: Titanic ORIGINAL

1998: Shakespeare in Love ORIGINAL

1999: American Beauty ORIGINAL

2000: Gladiator  ORIGINAL

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