Sunday, March 31, 2019

Hitchcock and Ford

In 1940 and 1941 two of the greatest directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford directed movies that would be named Best Picture (Rebecca and How Green Was My Valley). Neither one would direct a picture that would win Best Picture again , even though their great pictures would be in the future. Ford would go on to win three more Best Director Oscars, but Hitchcock would never win one.

John Ford

Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, March 29, 2019

Charlie Chaplin and Hitler

Charlie played Hynkel , the Dictator of Tomania in The Great Dictator (1940)
Charlie Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889 and Adolf Hitler
was born four days later on April 20, 1889,

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Character Winning Oscar Twice

Only one film character has been nominated more than once with different actors in the role. Marlon Brando won Best Actor in 1972 for his performance as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather. In 1974, Robert De Niro won Best Supporting Actor for playing Corleone in The Godfather: Part II.

Nominated For the Same Role

Only six players have been nominated for an Oscar for playing the same role

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky in Rocky (1976) and Creed (2015)

Paul Newman in The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986)
He won for The Color of Money.

Cate Blanchett was nominated for playing Eizabeth I in
Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth : The Golden Age (2007)
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and
The Godfather: Part II (1974) 

Peter O'Toolewas nominated for playing King Henry II in both
Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968).

Bing Crosby was nominated for playing Father Chuck O'Malley in
Going My Way (1944) and in The Bells of St Mary's (1945). 

Barry Fitzgerald

In 1944 after Barry Fitzgerald received a Best Actor nomination and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Going My Way. The next year the rule was changed so that an actor cannot receive multiple nominations for the same performance.

Going My Way
Barry Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby

Thomas Mitchell in 1939

Thomas Mitchell had quite a year in 1939. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Doc Boone in Stagecoach but also appeared in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Only Angels Have Wings, Gone with the Wind and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Gone with the Wind
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Only Angels Have Wings

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Wild Bunch

Sam Peckinpah wasn't thrilled with the trouble that Robert Ryan gave him over screen credits so he gave him a unique title screen.