Oscar Oddities

 With the Oscars this weekend, it’s fun to look back at some of the odd and interesting facts you may not have known about the big event:

  • Tom Hank’s acceptance speech for his role in Philadelphia became the basis of the film In & Out.
  • Oscar winners sign a contract stipulating they cannot sell their Oscar without first offering it back to the Academy for the sum of $1.
  • One of the requirements to be nominated for an Oscar is that the movie has to be screened in an LA theater for at least 7 days.
  • 3 people have turned down their Oscars, including George C. Scott, who called the awards show a “meat parade” in 1971 and Marlon Brando in 1972.
  • Woody Allen refuses to attend or present at the Oscars, despite winning three awards.  His one appearance was in 2002 when he presented a short about New York City following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • Maggie Smith won an Oscar for portraying an actress who lost an Oscar in California Suite, making it the only film revolving around the Oscars to win one.
  • The only film to show an Oscar in a scene while also winning Best Picture is The Godfather.
  • Alfred Hitchcock and William Holden share the record for shortest acceptance speech.  They simply said “Thank you.”
  • Sealed envelopes became customary in 1941, a year after the LA Times broke the press embargo and printed the names of all of the winners before the ceremony.
  • John C. Reilly is the only modern actor to star in three films in the same year that were later nominated for Best Picture: Chicago, The Hours, and Gangs of New York in 2002.
These Oscar oddities are from the web site:

Academy Awards

As we gear up for the 2016 Academy Awards this weekend, let’s look back at who won the awards 70 years ago in 1947.  Have these winners held the worth of the award throughout the years?    Check them out from the Gardiner Public Library and see for yourself why they were the winners.

Best Director:  William Wyler, The Best Years of Our Lives
Best Actor:  Fredric March, The Best Years of Our Lives
Best Actress:  Olivia de Havilland, To Each His Own
Best Supporting Actor:  Harold Russell, The Best Years of Our Lives
Best Supporting Actress:  Anne Baxter, The Razor’s Edge
 Scott Handville, Assistant Library Director

Oscar Winners of the past . . .

The recent Oscar show got me thinking of past awards, and my mind jumped to wondering what/who won the awards the year I was born.  My homework reveals the winners that year were:
Best Director:  John Ford, The Quiet Man
Best Actor:  Gary Cooper, High Noon
Best Actress:  Shirley Booth, Come Back, Little Sheba
Best Supporting Actor:  Anthony Quinn, Viva Zapata!
Best Supporting Actress:  Gloria Grahame, The Bad and The Beautiful
Keep in mind that Gardiner Public Library has a great movie collection both on DVD and VHS formats and that if we do not have a title in our collection that the chances we can borrow any item via interlibrary loan are excellent.  We already have many of the winning films from last year.  Come on in and borrow an award-winning film today!
 Scott Handville, Assistant Library Director

Nominated Short Films

Watching the Oscars each year reminds me how disappointed I am that we are not able to readily view the animated short films that are nominated each year.  The library has been able to add to our collection here in Gardiner three compilations of these winners and nominees, “A Collection of Academy AwardNominated Short Films”.  The years covered are 2005, 2006, and 2007.  But what about all the other years and other films?  Last year’s winner for Best Animated Short Film was “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr.Morris Lessmore”.  A friend who knew I worked in a library passed a youtube.com link on to me that allowed me to watch this wonderful short film.  It is a heartwarming story of a man who takes care of books.  It was such a success that it was turned into a picture book by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm, and the library now owns that book.  Wouldn’t it be a boon to film fans for some publishing company to make this and other nominated films available for public purchase so we could enjoy what the Academy has deemed worth merit? 
Scott Handville, Assistant Director