Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
Originally billed as Playhouse of the Stars this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952 and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.
Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season.
Ford Motor Company sponsored this hour long program which rotated between variety shows, dramatic productions and musical comedies. One of the offerings was turned into a regular series, Sing Along With Mitch.
This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame that lead to a feature film of the same name.