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Backstage's Second Annual Backstage 30 issue is this week, featuring 30 actors on the cusp of a career breakthrough. Check out a sneak peek from the issue below! The First 30 A year after Backstage compiled our original 30 actors on the verge of stardom, we checked in on a handful of them to see where they are now!Lauren BlumenfeldA few months after making our list, Blumenfeld made her Broadway debut in the smash hit comedy “The Assembled Parties” as Judith Light’s daughter.Brett DaltonDalton can be seen on ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as Agent Grant Ward.Aaron Costa GanisGanis is featured in the most recent “Grand Theft Auto” and the Web series “Understudies,” having completed a well-reviewed run in “The Lion in Winter” at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.Natalie MartinezMartinez plays Sheriff Linda on CBS’ hit summer series “Under the Dome,” set to return for a second season in 2014.Thomas »
The revival of "StinkyLulu's Supporting Actress Smackdown" now in its new home at The Film Experience continues. The year is... [cue: time travelling music] 1968. Oscar skipped the Globe nominees in this category from For the Love of Ivy, The Lion in Winter and Finian's Rainbow and despite their love of Oliver! And of women in musicals And of prostitutes with hearts of gold they also skipped newcomer Shani Wallis. Instead they went with these five...
Tony Curtis presented the 1968 Best Supporting Actress Oscar
Estelle Parsons, the previous year's winner in this category for Bonnie & Clyde returned for a victory lap (though she skipped the ceremony). She was joined by two showbiz veterans: Ruth Gordon, a three time nominee for screenwriting who was in the middle of a surprising golden years reinvention as a beloved character actress, and Kay Medford, who had previously experienced her greatest successes on stage. Filling out the shortlist »
- NATHANIEL R
Each month's Supporting Actress Smackdown inspires us to go back to the year in question for a little context. When the movies of 1968 were playing in theaters, making their case for Oscar glory the following spring, the world was experiencing a time of great unrest. The Vietnam War was raging; The Prague Spring was happening; Martin Luther King Jr was killed; Racial tensions ran high in the Civil Rights fight; student protests in France raged (derailing the usual Cannes process - no Palme D'Or that year); the Zodiac killer began his murder spree; Andy Warhol was almost killed. (All of these events have received cinematic treatments over the years in films like The Dreamers, Zodiac, I Shot Andy Warhol and countless historical epics and war films.)
1968 introduced Goldie Hawn, The Big Mac, "Hey Jude" and TV's first interracial kiss
But our focus is on the movies, so let's investigate the cinematic crop. »
- NATHANIEL R
Anne Marie with the second half of the two-part post on the Best Actress tie for 1968. Part One is here if you missed it.
The audience of the 41st Academy Awards roared its approval when Ingrid Bergman announced that Hollywood newcomer Barbra Streisand had tied Katharine Hepburn for Best Actress in a Leading Role. But though Streisand has since achieved immense popularity and icon status, this win is still questioned by some. After all, Hepburn was a giant among giants, giving the performance of her career in The Lion in Winter alongside a stellar cast with a sizzling script. Barbra was certainly the best part of an otherwise unremarkable musical. As a highly fictionalized version of famous vaudevillian Fanny Brice, Stresiand packed a ton of charm, chatter, charisma, and chutzpah into one role. But is that enough to warrant an Academy Award?
Actually, yes it is »
- Anne Marie
As a bit of context for the impending Supporting Smackdown (get your votes in), we'll be celebrating 1968 daily at Noon for the rest of the month. Here's Anne Marie on a favorite Oscar moment.
It was the night of April 14th, 1969. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was packed with stars for the 41st Academy Awards. When it came time to award the Oscar for Best Actress, presenter Ingrid Bergman stuttered with shock as she announced that two women had tied. Her surprise was understandable; there had been no tie in the acting branch for over thirty years. Barbra Streisand, only 26 years old, tripped over her sparkling sailor suit as she approached the podium to accept her Oscar for Funny Girl. Katharine Hepburn was characteristically absent for her historic third win, so the director of The Lion In Winter accepted on her behalf. This joint win was more than just a peculiar footnote in Oscar history. »
- Anne Marie
"There isn't any such thing in the world as a bad boy."
Even people who haven't seen "Boys Town" know Spencer Tracy's line, in character as Father Edward Flanagan, as the credo of the real Boys Town, the institution renowned for its care of orphaned and troubled kids. The classic movie, released 75 years ago this week (on September 9, 1938), was a huge hit, a milestone in the careers of Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney, and an inspiration to wayward kids and those who would help them, all over the country.
As beloved as the movie has been for generations, there's still plenty you may not know about it -- how it almost didn't get released, how Tracy's Oscar victory almost turned into a publicity nightmare, and how the movie almost did more harm than good to the real Boys Town.
Read on for 25 true tales behind the making of "Boys Town. »
- Gary Susman
Wallace Beery: Best Actor Academy Award winner and Best Actor Academy Award runner-up in the same year (photo: Jackie Cooper and Wallace Beery in ‘The Champ’) (See previous post: “Wallace Beery Movies: Anomalous Hollywood Star.”) In the Academy’s 1931-32 season, Wallace Beery took home the Best Actor Academy Award — I mean, one of them. In the King Vidor-directed melodrama The Champ (1931), Beery plays a down-on-his-luck boxer and caring Dad to tearduct-challenged Jackie Cooper, while veteran Irene Rich is Beery’s cool former wife and Cooper’s mother. Will daddy and son remain together forever and ever? Audiences the world over were drowned in tears — theirs and Jackie Cooper’s. Now, regarding Wallace Beery’s Best Actor Academy Award, he was actually a runner-up: Fredric March, initially announced as the sole winner for his performance in Rouben Mamoulian’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, turned out to have »
- Andre Soares
Paul Henreid: From lighting two cigarettes and blowing smoke onto Bette Davis’ face to lighting two cigarettes while directing twin Bette Davises Paul Henreid is back as Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month of July 2013. TCM will be showing four movies featuring Henreid (Now, Voyager; Deception; The Madwoman of Chaillot; The Spanish Main) and one directed by him (Dead Ringer). (Photo: Paul Henreid lights two cigarettes on the set of Dead Ringer, while Bette Davis remembers the good old days.) (See also: “Paul Henreid Actor.”) Irving Rapper’s Now, Voyager (1942) was one of Bette Davis’ biggest hits, and it remains one of the best-remembered romantic movies of the studio era — a favorite among numerous women and some gay men. But why? Personally, I find Now, Voyager a major bore, made (barely) watchable only by a few of the supporting performances (Claude Rains, Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee »
- Andre Soares
Andrew here to kick off a theme week dedicated to my favourite movie related person of all time – Katharine Hepburn. Next Sunday is the 106th birthday of Oscar’s most fêted Actress and this week The Film Experience is devoting time to her with the centrepiece being Wednesday’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” devoted to Summertime, her lone David Lean collaboration. (Join us, please.)
I’m starting things off this evening with a monologue from Hepburn’s record making turn in The Lion in Winter. She became the first woman to win a third Best Actress Oscar, and then subsequently broke her own record made it a fourth with On Golden Pond in 1981.
Eponymous lion in winter, Henry, is pondering – which of his remaining three sons deserves to succeed him? Meanwhile, young new King Philip of France is visiting and wants a successor chosen, or he wants his sister, »
- Andrew Kendall
The teams from "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty" tied Sunday night in the Sound Editing category at the Oscars, but this isn't the first time there has been a tie during Hollywood's biggest night.
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When actor Mark Wahlberg announced a tie for the winner of best sound editing the Oscars attendees thought it was a joke. “No, I’m not kidding,” Wahlberg said. It was true. For only the third time in the history of the Academy Awards, two people would take home an Oscar for the same category.
Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall both won Oscars for best sound editing in a film. According to sources, if a nominee is three or less votes behind the winner, a tie is declared. In 1931-32, Fredric March (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and Wallace Beery (The Champ) tied for Best Actor and in 1968 Barbara Steisand (Funny Girl) and Katherine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) tied for Best Actress. Everyone wants to be the one and only winner, but making history as being the third tie in the Academy’s history is not such a bad life. »
- Bené Viera
The surprise tie in this year's Best Sound Editing category officially makes this year's Oscars one for the record books: It's only the sixth time a tie has happened in Oscar history and the first in a technical category.
"Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall" shared this year's Sound Editing award -- beating out "Argo," "Django Unchained" and "Life of Pi." (In an odd coincidence, both Kathryn Bigelow's acclaimed "Zero" and the blockbuster James Bond film "Skyfall" were both distributed by Sony Pictures.)
Perhaps the most famous tie happened in 1968, when Barbara Steisand's "Funny Girl" breakout performance tied with legendary Katherine Hepburn's turn in "The Lion in Winter" for Best Actress. We know from the record books that that was an exact tie, each actress received the same number of votes.
However, historically, Oscar will declare a tie if two nominees come within a few votes of each other. »
According to the AMPAs database, the first happened in 1931-32, when Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’s Frederic March and The Champ’s Wallace Beery each won the Best Actor award. However, the vote count wasn’t an actual tie — Beery received one more than March, but the rules at the time stated two winners would be honored if the count was within three votes. The rule subsequently changed. »
- Denise Warner
At this year's Academy Awards, there was a tie (gasp!). It was in the Best Sound Editing category, with the award going to Paul N.J. Ottosson for his work in "Zero Dark Thirty," and Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for their work in "Skyfall." However, this wasn't the first time a tie happened at the Oscars. Back in 1969, both Katherine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand won in a much more publicized category -- Best Actress -- with Hepburn winning for her performance as Queen Eleanor in "The Lion in Winter," and Streisand as Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl." It also happened in 1932, with both Wallace Beery ("The Champ") and Frederic March ("Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde") winning Best Actor; in 1949, when "A Chance to Live" and "So Much for So Little" won the Best Documentary Short award; in 1986, with "Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got" and "Down and Out in America »
- Alex Suskind
Let's face it: we actually like it when Oscar night provides us with snubs and surprises. They add suspense to what is often a predictable show, they remind us that the conventional wisdom is not always right, they sometimes result in someone worthy beating someone popular, or they allow us to seethe with righteous indignation as we take to our Twitter soapboxes to proclaim our shock and dismay at the injustice. Alas, Sunday night's Oscars offered precious few snubs and only mild surprises. The biggest outrages had already happened with the nominations, with the omissions of Ben Affleck ("Argo") and Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") from the Best Director category. After that, it was a foregone conclusion that "Zdt" would get shafted (indeed, it took home just one prize, for Sound Editing), while it also quickly became a foregone conclusion that "Argo" would win Best Picture despite the Affleck snub »
- Gary Susman
Article by Dan Clark
The Academy Awards have a long tradition of awarding the best and the brightest in the world of movies. Hollywood’s biggest night is the ideal time for film legends to be recognized. Unfortunately the Oscars are also well known for dropping the ball on occasion. Some of the best actors to ever have graced the silver screen never hoisted that golden statue. Sure they attempt to remedy that at times by giving out Honorary Awards to make up for their biggest oversights, but to me that’s nothing more than a giant comp out. With that in mind I have compiled a list of the greatest actors to never have won an Oscar. Like the Oscars I’m sure there are many that deserve to be on this list that didn’t make the cut so feel free to honor them in the comment section »
Barbra Streisand: Oscar 2013 performer (with James Brolin above) Barbra Streisand, a two-time Academy Award winner, will sing at the 2013 Oscar ceremony next February 24. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Streisand has only performed once at the Oscars, nearly 36 years ago. On the March 28, 1977, telecast, she sang the Oscar-nominated song "Evergreen" from A Star Is Born, which she herself composed with Paul Williams. (See also: "Director Barbra Streisand Returns in 2013.") [Photo: Barbra Streisand and James Brolin at the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony.] "In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music," Oscarcast 2013 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are quoted as saying, "how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?" Now, what exactly Streisand is going to sing remains a mystery — perhaps one more intriguing than whether or not Ben Affleck’s Argo will beat both Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook for the Best Picture Oscar. »
- Andre Soares
This is part 20 out of 30 in our daily January countdown of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 110-101.
109) Nosferatu (1922) F. W. Murnau Germany Silent
108) Romeo & Juliet (1968) Franco Zeffirelli British/ Italy
106) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Irvin G. Kirshner USA
104) The Thin Man (1934) W. S. Van Dyke USA
103) Tokyo Story (1953) Yashujira Uzu Japan
102) M (1931) Fritz Lang German
101) City Of God (2002) Fernendo Meirelles Brazil
Numbers 100-91 coming next.
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- email@example.com (Rob Young)
It's Oscar season, so let's dive into my favorite place: the past. Over the next few weeks I'll revisit old winners and rank 'em however I see fit, and you're invited to disagree and show me how proud you are of caring about Johnny Belinda or whatever. Today, we begin with the best of Best Actresses. Ready to rank? Let's go.
10. Elizabeth Taylor, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Under-discussed fact: Though the character of Martha is a crucial and brutal part of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, George is a far more interesting character. It's almost easy to root against Liz for that fact, but her rancor and timing are so electric and natural that she's a shoo-in for this list. What a flop those other actresses are!
La Vie En Rose tries to be intriguing with its out-of-sequence storytelling but nearly succumbs to »
"DGA members have chosen an incredibly rich and varied group of filmmakers to nominate for this year's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award. These directors represent the highest standard of filmmaking, and their films are a testament to artistic achievement, innovative storytelling and the passion that filmmakers share with their audiences. Being nominated by their peers is what makes this award particularly meaningful for directors, and I congratulate all of the nominees for their outstanding work."
The winner will be named at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
The nominees are (in alphabetical order):
Tom Hooper for Les Miserables
Ang Lee for Life of Pi »
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