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Bing Crosby movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Going My Way,’ ‘The Country Girl,’ ‘Holiday Inn’

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Bing Crosby movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Going My Way,’ ‘The Country Girl,’ ‘Holiday Inn’
Happy happy birthday to the legendary Bing Crosby, who would have turned 116 on May 3, 2019. Der Bingle was not only one of the most popular vocalists of all time, but he was a hit on the radio as well as being quite an accomplished actor, earning a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in 1944’s “Going My Way,” one of his three Oscar nominations. Crosby also earned a Golden Globe nom for 1951’s “Here Comes the Groom” and was named Best Actor for “The Country Girl” (1954) from the National Board of Review.

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As an actor, Crosby proved himself to be extremely versatile, from starring in musicals (of course), but also dramas, romantic comedies and even a Western (1966’s “Stagecoach”). For 15 years, he was the among the Top 10 acts in box office, and from 1944-1948, Crosby was actually number one. During the course of his recording career,
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Bing Crosby movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Bing Crosby movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy happy birthday to the legendary Bing Crosby, who would have turned 116 on May 3, 2019. Der Bingle was not only one of the most popular vocalists of all time, but he was a hit on the radio as well as being quite an accomplished actor, earning a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in 1944’s “Going My Way,” one of his three Oscar nominations. Crosby also earned a Golden Globe nom for 1951’s “Here Comes the Groom” and was named Best Actor for “The Country Girl” (1954) from the National Board of Review.

As an actor, Crosby proved himself to be extremely versatile, from starring in musicals (of course), but also dramas, romantic comedies and even a Western (1966’s “Stagecoach”). For 15 years, he was the among the Top 10 acts in box office, and from 1944-1948, Crosby was actually number one. During the course of his recording career, Crosby charted 396 singles and had 25 songs that reached number one.
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How heartbreaking is this? “Shallow” is part of a dying breed of Academy Award winners – love songs

“You’ll know before the dance is through that you’re in love with her and she’s in love with you.”

That lyric is from the very first Best Song Oscar winner, “The Continental,” from the 1934 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical, “The Gay Divorcee.” It’s a celebration of the power of dance to ignite the flames of desire.

Now “Shallow,” a more clear-eyed view on matters of the heart (“Ain’t it hard keeping it so hardcore?”) from “A Star Is Born” is part of that Academy Award tradition. But the fact is, such honored love songs are becoming a rarity.

It used to be that romantic tunes regularly caught Oscar’s ear. Occasionally, a song of yearning like 1939’s “Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz,” “When You Wish Upon a Star” from 1940’s “Pinocchio” and “White Christmas” from 1942’s “Holiday Inn” broke through. There
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Alfonso Cuaron becomes 92nd Best Director winner, joining Guillermo Del Toro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and…

Alfonso Cuaron becomes 92nd Best Director winner, joining Guillermo Del Toro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and…
Alfonso Cuaron just added another Best Director Oscar to his shelf with his victory for “Roma,” a personal story about growing up in Mexico City in the 1970s. The win came just five years after his first one for “Gravity” (2013). He became the 92nd person in history to clinch that prize, beating out Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Adam McKay (“Vice”), and Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”). Tour our photo gallery above of every Academy Award winner for Best Director, from the most recent winner to the very first one.

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At the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1927, two awards were given for directing: one for comedy (Lewis Milestone for “Two Arabian Nights”), the other for drama (Frank Borzage for “7th Heaven”). The next year, only one prize was given.

Since 1927, only 21 directors have won this category more than once.
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How many times have Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor gone to the same film at the Oscars?

How many times have Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor gone to the same film at the Oscars?
Three films in contention at this year’s Oscars earned nominations for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor: “Green Book,” “A Star is Born” and “Vice.” How likely is it that both these men will win Academy Awards on Feb. 24? In the 82 years since the supporting awards were introduced at the 9th Oscars, only five films could boast victories in both these races.

For such a male-dominated industry, it is surprising that these two acting categories are the least successful pairing at the Oscars while the two female ones are the most. Then again, the film industry has no shortage of roles for men (lead or supporting) so they have been able to spread the love across different male performers in different films. There has always been (and still is) a shortage of female roles, so there have been and are fewer films with such notable performances, be they lead or supporting.
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Double Supporting Actress Oscar nominations for ‘The Favourite’: Will Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone vote-split?

Double Supporting Actress Oscar nominations for ‘The Favourite’: Will Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone vote-split?
While it is a common complaint that there aren’t enough good roles for women in films nowadays, “The Favourite” had the reverse problem in that it had almost too many good roles for actresses. The film offers Oscar caliber roles for three performers as it tells the tale of Queen Anne and two women who compete to be her “favourite.” The film inspired a lot of debate in the early days of the Oscar derby as to what categories the film would campaign its three actresses. Ultimately it was decided to place Olivia Colman in Best Actress and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in Best Supporting Actress. All three were nominated, thus placing Stone and Weisz in direct competition with each other. In taking a look back on Oscar history since the supporting categories were introduced at the 9th ceremony, are Stone and Weisz in danger of splitting the vote?
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Don’t despair Ethan Hawke, the Oscars keep the faith

Don’t despair Ethan Hawke, the Oscars keep the faith
Ethan Hawke is this awards’ season critical darling earning several best actor nods from critic’s groups including the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and New York Film Critics Circle for his powerful performance as a troubled clergyman haunted with his past and the future in Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed.”

Hawke, who also won the Gotham Awards honor for best actor, is also nominated for a Critics Choice and a Film Independent Spirit Award but was snubbed in the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

But Hawke, who has received four previously Oscar nominations including for supporting actor for 2014’s “Boyhood,” shouldn’t give up the faith about a fifth nomination. Over the years, the academy has embraced actors and actresses who played members of the clergy with six wins and upwards of two dozen nominations.

Predict the Oscar nominations now; change them until January 22

Both Spencer Tracy
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Oscar Flashback: ‘Live and Let Die’ no match for ‘The Way We Were’ in Best Original Song

Oscar Flashback: ‘Live and Let Die’ no match for ‘The Way We Were’ in Best Original Song
This article marks Part 12 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1973 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“(You’re So) Nice to Be Around” from “Cinderella Liberty

Live and Let Die” from “Live and Let Die

Love,” from “Robin Hood

“All That Love Went to Waste” from “A Touch of Class

The Way We Were” from “The Way We Were

Won and should’ve won: “The Way We Were” from “The Way We Were

The title song from “The Way We Were,” composed by the brilliant, Egot-winning Marvin Hamlisch, alongside Alan and Marilyn Bergman, is a dreamy, haunting, immensely moving piece, performed splendidly by the incomparable Barbra Streisand. The film’s leading lady strikes just the right notes here,
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Which 10 performers got lead and supporting Oscar nominations in the same year?

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Which 10 performers got lead and supporting Oscar nominations in the same year?
Nicole Kidman and Steve Carell could join an elite group of performers who have received Oscars nominations in both acting categories in the same year. While Kidman may compete in lead for “Destroyer” and supporting for “Boy Erased,” Carell could contend as Best Actor for either “Beautiful Boy” or “Welcome to Marwen” and as Best Supporting Actor for “Vice.”

Who are the other actors and actresses pulling off this neat trick? Tour our photo gallery above to see all 10 people, with each person listed from most recent to furthest back. By the way, only two of this nominees went home on Oscar night without a trophy for either category.

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In the early years of the Oscars, there were no rules preventing performers for competing multiple times in the same category. As a result, the 1929/1930 ceremony found George Arliss (“Disraeli” and “The Green Goddess
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Oscars: 10 performers who got lead and supporting nominations in the same year

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Oscars: 10 performers who got lead and supporting nominations in the same year
Nicole Kidman and Steve Carell could join an elite group of performers who have received Oscars nominations in both acting categories in the same year. While Kidman may compete in lead for “Destroyer” and supporting for “Boy Erased,” Carell could contend as Best Actor for either “Beautiful Boy” or “Welcome to Marwen” and as Best Supporting Actor for “Vice.”

Who are the other actors and actresses pulling off this neat trick? Tour our photo gallery above to see all 10 people, with each person listed from most recent to furthest back. By the way, only two of this nominees went home on Oscar night without a trophy for either category.

SEENicole Kidman Interview: ‘Destroyer’ and ‘Boy Erased

In the early years of the Oscars, there were no rules preventing performers for competing multiple times in the same category. As a result, the 1929/1930 ceremony found George Arliss (“Disraeli” and “The Green Goddess
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‘A Star Is Born’ has the best chance of snagging both male acting Oscars, readers say

‘A Star Is Born’ has the best chance of snagging both male acting Oscars, readers say
Are both Maine brothers going to be Oscar winners? That’s what our readers think: 46 percent believe “A Star Is Born” has the best shot of becoming the sixth film to sweep the male acting Oscars.

This result is not that surprising since a majority of our users also think “A Star Is Born” will be just the third film to win three acting Oscars for leads Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, and supporting player Sam Elliott. Currently, Cooper is in first place in our Best Actor odds, while Elliott is in third in our Best Supporting Actor predictions.

A Best Actor victory is entirely feasible for Cooper, a three-time acting nominee who could rack up four nominations this year for “A Star Is Born,” Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay being the others. Elliott might have a tougher time with limited screen time as Jackson’s (Cooper
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Will ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Green Book’ or ‘Vice’ be the 6th film to sweep the male acting Oscars?

Will ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Green Book’ or ‘Vice’ be the 6th film to sweep the male acting Oscars?
Our predicted Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee lineups cover 10 people (obviously), but only across seven films. Three films — “A Star Is Born,” “Green Book” and “Vice” — are expected to nab nominations in both categories, and wins for any of the pairs of co-stars would put their picture in elite company.

Only five films have won both male acting categories:

1. “Going My Way” (1944): Best Actor for Bing Crosby, Best Supporting Actor for Barry Fitzgerald

2. “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946): Best Actor for Fredric March, Best Supporting Actor for Harold Russell

3. “Ben-Hur” (1959): Best Actor for Charlton Heston, Best Supporting Actor for Hugh Griffith

4. “Mystic River” (2003): Best Actor for Sean Penn, Best Supporting Actor for Tim Robbins

5. “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013): Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey, Best Supporting Actor for Jared Leto

See Can Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’) become the latest actor to
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Will Lady Gaga follow singers Frank Sinatra, Cher, Bing Crosby to Oscar gold?

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Will Lady Gaga follow singers Frank Sinatra, Cher, Bing Crosby to Oscar gold?
Lady Gaga has leaped into the lead in our combined Gold Derby odds for Best Actress at the Oscars. Her first on-screen feature film role in “A Star Is Born” has 19/5 top odds over more traditional actresses Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) and Viola Davis (“Widows”). But a win by a music star in an acting category wouldn’t be a first at the Academy Awards.

Two of the all-time greats took home Oscar gold decades ago. Frank Sinatra managed to parlay his huge success as a singer to a pretty solid film career. The results included an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “From Here to Eternity” in 1953 and a second nomination for “The Man with the Golden Arm” in 1955 as Best Actor.

SEEOscar Best Actor Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

A few years earlier, crooner Bing
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Nicole Kidman and Steve Carell could make Oscar history with double nominations

Nicole Kidman and Steve Carell could make Oscar history with double nominations
Since the introduction of the supporting categories at the 9th Oscar ceremony, 11 performers have contended in both acting categories in the same year, with seven of them prevailing in one of their races. At the 2019 Academy Awards, Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and Oscar nominee Steve Carell are hoping to make history and join this exclusive roster of double nominees.

Kidman has earned rave reviews for her turns in “Destroyer” and “Boy Erased.” The former finds her portraying a troubled Los Angeles detective, determined to bring down an old nemesis, while the latter has Kidman in a supporting turn, portraying the mother of a young man (Lucas Hedges) who is pressured into enrolling in a gay conversion therapy program. Kidman has previous Oscar nominations for “Moulin Rouge!” (2001); “The Hours” (2002); “Rabbit Hole” (2010); and “Lion” (2016), winning for “The Hours.”

Also coming on strong this Oscar season is Carell, whose lone nomination to date came for “Foxcatcher” (2014). This year,
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1954 Oscar Flashback: Judy Garland classic from ‘A Star is Born’ loses Best Original Song to Frank Sinatra standard

1954 Oscar Flashback: Judy Garland classic from ‘A Star is Born’ loses Best Original Song to Frank Sinatra standard
This article marks Part 6 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the Academy Awards winners.

The 1954 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

The High and the Mighty” from “The High and the Mighty

“The Man That Got Away” from “A Star Is Born

“Hold My Hand” from “Susan Slept Here

Three Coins in the Fountain” from “Three Coins in the Fountain

“Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)” from “White Christmas

Won: “Three Coins in the Fountain” from “Three Coins in the Fountain

Should’ve won: “The Man That Got Away” from “A Star Is Born

Sure, the 1954 Oscar ceremony could have gone a lot worse. “On the Waterfront” and leading man Marlon Brando could have, for instance, fallen
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Warner Chappell Sues to Retain Rights to Work From Frank Sinatra Songwriter

In what could be the beginning of a transatlantic battle testing an obscure provision under U.K. copyright law, Warner Chappell Music has initiated civil proceedings in New York against Bourne Co. over who has worldwide rights to works composed by Jimmy Van Heusen.

Van Heusen, an American songwriter, wrote many hits for Frank Sinatra including "Love and Marriage," "Come Fly With Me," and "My Kind of Town." Collaborating with various lyricists, Van Heusen also won four Academy Awards with "Swinging on a Star" for Going My Way, "All the Way" for ...
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‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Won’t Be a Blockbuster, But It’s Rewriting Movie Sequel History

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Won’t Be a Blockbuster, But It’s Rewriting Movie Sequel History
Like almost every other movie this summer, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” is a sequel. However, it bears little resemblance to the onslaught of overgrown lizards, animated families, and Marvel brethren; it cost much less, and will gross much less. But what really sets “Soldado” apart is it was never meant to happen.

Sequels are as old as the movies. Comedy silent shorts often built on a continuing set of characters. Rudolph Valentino followed “The Sheik” with the even-bigger “Son of the Sheik.” Douglas Fairbanks went from “The Mark of Zorro” to “Don Q, Son of Zorro.”

In the early decades of sound, studios nurtured franchises that included The Thin Man (six titles), the Hardy Family (16 titles), Dr. Kildare and Ma and Pa Kettle (10 titles). Rarely, studios struck twice on a major success: 1944 Best Picture winner “Going My Way” immediately spawned the even-better “Bells of St. Mary’s,” and 1942 winner “Mrs. Miniver
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When co-stars collide at Oscars: Does one win or do they split the vote? Sam Rockwell, pay attention!

When co-stars collide at Oscars: Does one win or do they split the vote? Sam Rockwell, pay attention!
It’s the dream of most actors and actresses to receive an Oscar nomination and, if they’re lucky, to win. But what happens when you’re up against a co-star from the same movie? Does one triumph or do they split the vote? Click through our photo gallery above of all the times this has happened throughout Academy Awards history.

Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson both scored Best Supporting Actor nominations for their work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” It has been 26 years since Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley were both nominated for “Bugsy” (1991). Unfortunately for the duo they split their support and Jack Palance won for “City Slickers,” ironically a former victim of vote-splitting against his “Shane” co-star Brandon De Wilde (they lost to Frank Sinatra, “From Here to Eternity”).

See 2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ pulls into tie with ‘The Shape of Water’ as voting ends Feb.
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‘Three Billboards’ would be first to win Best Picture, two acting and writing Oscars without a directing nomination

‘Three Billboards’ would be first to win Best Picture, two acting and writing Oscars without a directing nomination
With Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor signed, sealed and almost delivered to Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, and Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture very real possibilities, “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” is positioned to do something at the Oscars that hasn’t been done before: win two acting awards, a screenplay award and Best Picture without a directing nomination.

That kind of above-the-line dominance usually comes with a corresponding nomination for Best Director, which historically has been linked with Best Picture. “Elmer Gantry” (1960) nearly pulled this off with wins for Best Actor Burt Lancaster, Best Supporting Actress Shirley Jones and Best Adapted Screenplay for writer-director Richard Brooks. But like “Three Billboards” writer-director Martin McDonagh, Brooks received Golden Globe and Directors Guild Awards nominations before getting snubbed by Oscar. Nominated for five Oscars, “Elmer Gantry” lost Best Picture to “The Apartment” and Best Original Score to “Exodus.”

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Oscars 2018: Guillermo del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’) or Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) would be 8th winner for writing, directing, And producing

Oscars 2018: Guillermo del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’) or Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) would be 8th winner for writing, directing, And producing
Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) joined an elite group of filmmakers who received Oscar nominations for writing, directing and producing the same film. In the academy’s 90-year history, only 26 other people pulled off this hat trick. Peele is the first black filmmaker to do so, while del Toro is only the second Latin American after his filmmaking amigo Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Now del Toro and Peele are hoping to join the even more exclusive club of seven filmmakers who won all three prizes in one night. Considering they’re in direct competition with each other for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay (where del Toro competes alongside co-writer Vanessa Taylor), it’ll be an especially tricky feat to pull off.

Leo McCarey was the first person to win the big three for “Going My Way” (1944), a lighthearted comedy starring Bing
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