She won three more, now made of britannia, a metal alloy mostly of tin and coated in 24-karat gold, on a higher platform. Oscar is 13.5 inches tall, weighing in at 8.5 pounds. In comparison, Meryl Streep has won "only" two best actress awards, plus one for best supporting actress. In 1927 Janet Gayner (right) was the first actress to receive an Oscar for Seventh Heaven/Street Angel/Sunrise.
I was planning to post on Singing in the Rain later, but let me insert it here. The song was rated #3 by the American Film Institute (Somewhere Over the Rainbow was #1 and As Time Goes By #2). However, that 1952 film was, maybe, only the 6th time that tune was used in a movie:
- 1929: Doris Eaton Travis in The Hollywood Music Box Revue (that's her to the right...at the age 14 in 1918 she became the youngest Ziegfield Girl)
- 1929: Cliff Edwards and the Bronx Sisters in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (the quality of the ukulele sound was terrific...and guess where the choreographer of the popular 1952 version got ideas?)
- 1930: as background music for Norma Shearer's The Divorcee (she won the Best Actress Oscar for this performance)
- 1932: Jimmy Durante in Speak Easily (this is the whole film, with Buster Keaton)
- 1940: Judy Garland in Little Nellie Kelly
There are twenty individuals who have never won an Oscar, headed by Leonardo Dicaprio. Maybe this time's the charm. Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Greta Garbo, Fred Astaire, Peter O'Toole, Angela Lansbury, Richard Burton and Albert Finney haven't either. Here is one view of the five greatest surprises:
- 2002: Adrien Brody beating Daniel Day-Lewis, Jack Nicholson and Nicolas Cage for Best Actor.
- 1995: Emma Thompson, who had won Best Actress in 1992, won for Best Screenplay.
- 1999: Shakespeare in Love prevailing over Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture.
- 1994: Tommy Lee Jones edging out Ralph Fiennes for Best Supporting Actor
- 1991: Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves winning Best Picture from Martin Scorcese's Goodfellas.
Matthew McConaughey from Dallas Buyers Club I think was best actor. He also made a nice cameo in The Wolf of Wall Street. Losing 47 pounds might help his cause. His sidekick, Jared Leto, is a cinch for Best Supporting Actor. Cate Blanchett from Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine should win Best Actress. But my predictions for Oscars are not particularly prescient.