The 86th Annual Academy Awards
will be broadcast on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014. According to Hollywood.com
, the names of these celebrities are difficult to pronounce. If you were an announcer, which name would you most dread reading out loud fearing that you may mispronounce it?You may discuss the poll here.
“ PRONUNCIATION: Kwuh-VEN-jah-nay Wall-iss ” - dan_dassow
Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan
(née Brennan) and Paul Ronan
, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved to Ireland, and Saoirse grew up in its County Carlow. Saoirse made her first TV appearance with a small role in a few episodes of the TV series...
“ PRONUNCIATION: SEER-sha Ro-nan ” - dan_dassow
Amanda Seyfried was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Ann (Sander), an occupational therapist, and Jack Seyfried, a pharmacist. She is of German, and some English and Scottish, ancestry. She began modeling when she was eleven, and acted in high school productions as well as taking singing lessons...
“ PRONUNCIATION: Uh-MAN-duh SIGH-fred ” - dan_dassow
Charles Matthew Hunnam was born in Newcastle, England on April 10, 1980, to Jane (Bell), a business owner, and William Hunnam, a scrap metal merchant. At 18 years of age, he made a guest appearances in the popular TV series Byker Grove
. He gained fame in Britain thanks to his television role as the love-smitten Nathan Maloney in Queer as Folk
“ PRONUNCIATION: CHAR-lee HUH-nuhm ” - dan_dassow
“ PRONUNCIATION: Nee-ko-LY COS-ter Wall-DOW ” - dan_dassow
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg-area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron
(née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle...
“ PRONUNCIATION: Shar-LEES THAIR-en ” - dan_dassow
Chiwetelu Umeadi Ejiofor was born on July 10, 1977 in Forest Gate, London, England, to Nigerian parents, Obiajulu (Okaford), a pharmacist, and Arinze Ejiofor, a doctor. Chiwetel attended Dulwich College in South-East London. By the age of 13 he was appearing in numerous school and National Youth Theatre productions and subsequently attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts...
“ PRONUNCIATION: CHOO-ih-tell EDGE-ee-oh-for ” - dan_dassow
Known in the mid to late nineties for her status as a fashion impresario and "it girl," with over a dozen art house films to her credit, Chloe Sevigny also stands out as one of the most prominent queens of contemporary independent cinema. Originally hailing from Darien, Connecticut, Sevigny attributes...
“ PRONUNCIATION: KLO-ee SEV-uh-nee ” - dan_dassow
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes
, a director; Magnus Fiennes
“ PRONUNCIATION: Rayf Fynz ” - dan_dassow
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese
(née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese
, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ PRONUNCIATION: MAR-tin skor-SEH-see ” - dan_dassow
Demi Moore was born on November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father, Charles Foster Harmon, Sr., left her mother, Virginia Beverly (King), before Demi was born. Her stepfather, Danny Guynes, did not add much stability to her life, either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times...
“ PRONUNCIATION: Duh-mee Mor ” - dan_dassow
Famke Janssen was born on November 5, 1964 in Amstelveen, Netherlands, and has two siblings, director Antoinette Beumer
and actress Marjolein Beumer
. She studied economics for a year at the University of Amsterdam. Moving to America in 1984, Famke modeled for Chanel in New York City. Later, taking a break from modeling...
“ PRONUNCIATION: FOM-kuh Yans-Sen ” - dan_dassow
Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious
, was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley
, is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer/singer, while her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver. Her mother is African-American and her father is Senegalese...
“ PRONUNCIATION: GAB-or-ay SIH-dih-bay ” - dan_dassow
“ (AKA Gotye) - PRONUNCIATION: Go-tee-YAY ” - dan_dassow
Ioan Gruffudd was born on October 6, 1973 in Cardiff, Wales, UK to educators Gillian (James) and Peter Gruffudd. He has a brother, Alun, who is two years younger and a sister, Siwan, who is seven years younger. He got got his start at age 13 in the Welsh soap opera People of the Valley
. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1992 to 1995...
“ PRONUNCIATION: YO-an GRIH-fith ” - dan_dassow
Joaquin Phoenix is an American actor, producer, music video director, musician and activist. He started his career by appearing in episodes of television shows with his brother River Phoenix and sister Summer Phoenix. His first major film release was in the comedy-drama film Parenthood (1989). During his period as a child actor he was credited as Leaf Phoenix...
“ PRONUNCIATION: Wah-KEEN FEE-niks ” - dan_dassow
Julianne Alexandra Hough was raised in Salt Lake City, the youngest of 5 children. She is the daughter of Mari Anne (Heaton) and Bruce Robert Hough, twice chairman of the Utah Republican Party. Her parents met in college when both were part of a ballroom dancing team. Her parents divorced, and she has 9 stepsiblings from their second marriages...
“ PRONUNCIATION: Joo-lee-an Huff ” - dan_dassow
American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is of Scottish...
“ PRONUNCIATION: MATH-yoo Mih-KAH-nuh-hay ” - dan_dassow
Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country's capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight, her family moved to Poland for a year...
“ PRONUNCIATION: MEE-uh VAH-shee-KOF-ska ” - dan_dassow
Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element
, and the Resident Evil
franchise. Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich was born on December 17...
“ PRONUNCIATION: MEE-lah YOH-ve-vich ” - dan_dassow
Phil has also written a book called 'No Opportunity Wasted' and produced a TV show with the same title. The NOW philosophy is about making the most out of each moment and living each days as if it were your last. Phil has also launched his own energy bar called NOW Energy Bar. It comes in three flavors. In addition to these bars, he has launched NOW Snack Bar, NOW Trail Bar and A3 bars...
“ PRONUNCIATION: Fill KOH-gahn ” - dan_dassow
Rachel Hannah Weisz was born on 7 March, 1970, in London, U.K., to Edith Ruth (Teich), a psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, an inventor. Her parents both came to England around 1938. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and her mother, from Vienna, is of Italian and Austrian Jewish heritage. Rachel has a sister, Minnie, a curator and photographer...
“ PRONUNCIATION: RAY-chull Vice ” - dan_dassow
“ PRONUNCIATION: shar-DAY ” - dan_dassow
Shia Saide LaBeouf was born in Los Angeles, California, to Shayna (Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf, and is an only child. His mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while his father has Cajun (French) ancestry. His parents are divorced. He started his career by doing stand-up comedy around places in his neighborhood...
“ PRONUNCIATION: SHY-uh Luh-BUHF ” - dan_dassow
Zach Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to Mary Frances (Cashion), who owned a community arts center, and Harry Galifianakis, a heating oil vendor. His father is of Greek descent and his mother is of mostly English and Scottish ancestry. Zach moved to New York City after failing his last college class by one point...
“ PRONUNCIATION: Zak GAL-i-fe-nak-iss ” - dan_dassow
Goran Visnjic is a Croatian American actor and producer, born in Sibenik, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He is married to Eva Visnjic (formerly Ivana Vrdoljak) with whom has three children. From an early age Visnjic started appearing in various theater plays. At the age of 16, he had his screen debut in the film Braca po materi
“ PRONUNCIATION (according to Wikipedia): GO-ran VISH-nyich ” - dan_dassow
Siobhan Fallon Hogan
Siobhan Fallon Hogan has been seen in several blockbusters over the past twenty years. She is playing Arlene Moran, Sheriff Arnold Pope's (Terrence Howard) secretary in FX's Wayward Pines by Chad Hodge and Blake Crouch. The redheaded character actress has had many memorable roles in film and television...
“ PRONUNCIATION: shi-VAUN FAL-lon ” - dan_dassow
“ PRONUNCIATION: shih-NAID o-KAH-nur ” - dan_dassow
Adèle Exarchopoulos is a French actress with partially Greek roots (her grandfather was Greek). She was born in Paris, France. Her mother, Marina (Niquet), is a nurse, and her father, Didier Exarchopoulos, is a guitarist. At the age of 9 she started acting and watching movies. As she said on the French newspaper L'Express...
“ PRONUNCIATION: Uh-DELL Ex-ar-KHOO-puh-lus ” - dan_dassow
Stellan Skarsgård is a Swedish actor. He is known for his roles as Jan Nyman in Breaking the Waves (1996), Prof. Gerald Lambeau in Good Will Hunting (1997), Bootstrap Bill in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Bill Anderson in Mamma Mia...
Peter Sarsgaard was born at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to Judy Lea (Reinhardt) and John Dale Sarsgaard, an engineer who worked for the Air Force and later Monsanto and IBM. He is a graduate of St. Louis' Washington University, where he majored in history and literature. He was a co-founder of the...
“ PRONUNCIATION: Pe-ter Sars-gard ” - dan_dassow
“ PRONUNCIATION: ZHEL-ko ee-VAH-nik ” - dan_dassow
Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was 13. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator
by Ridley Scott
by Steven Spielberg
“ PRONUNCIATION: JEE-mahn hahn-SOO ” - dan_dassow
Joe Manganiello is an American actor. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan (Brachanow) and Charles John Manganiello, and has a younger brother, Nicholas. His father is of Italian descent and his mother has German/Austrian/Croatian and Armenian ancestry. Joe was raised in Mount Lebanon and attended Mount Lebanon high school...
“ PRONUNCIATION: Joe MANG-gə-NEL-oh ” - dan_dassow
Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, Italian...
“ PRONUNCIATION: ad-ih-WALL-ay ack-in-NOY-yay ahg-BAH-zhay ” - dan_dassow