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Happy Oscar Morning Trivia!

Did you know that only one other Oscar ceremony has ever been held on a March 2nd? That'd be March 2nd, 1944 which crowned CASABLANCA 1943's best picture. Let's hope Oscar chooses as well tonight.

May your favorites lose tonight ... if they're different than mine! Kisses. 

Though Casablanca is one of those rare pictures that virtually everyone loves, it actually only won three of its eight Oscar nominations that night: Picture, Director (Michael Curtiz), and Screenplay. Only Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940) won fewer Oscars among the Best Pictures of the 1940s with just two statues. So I don't wanna see any online snarking if 12 Years a Slave goes home with only a 2 or 3 statues including the big one. Spreading the wealth is not a new thing and i'd argue it's a healthier thing for the movies, too. 

Jennifer Jones with Ingrid Bergman who she beat to Best Actress 1943Happy Birthday March 2nd Oscar Babies!
• Jennifer Jones (Best Actress winner, The Song of Bernadette 1943)  ...so, yes, she won the Oscar on her twenty-fifth birthday. One assumes that was the happiest of birthdays. 
• Martin Ritt (Best Director nominee for  Hud, 1963)
Today is actually Martin Ritt's centennial so if you've never seen Hudone of all time greats, get to it. Ritt also directed Best Picture nominee Norma Rae but he was left out of the directing shortlist that year
• Jon Bon Jovi (Best Original Song nominee "Blaze of Glory" from Young Guns II, 1990) 
• John Irving (Best Adapted Screenplay winner, The Cider House Rules, 1999) 

... and future Oscar nominee Daniel Craig just because we love him and saw him first, long before Bond --  Love is the Devil (1998), bitches. Eat it.

Final Oscar Predictions | Zhang Ziyi's Oscar Ballot | Nathaniel's Top Ten | Oscar Charts | FiLM BiTCH AWARDS

1 day Kathy Bates * 2 days Final Predix * 3 days Oscar Genie wishes * 4 days Leo & Julia * 5 days John Williams * 6 days Alfonso Cuarón7 days AIDS dramas * 8 days  Peter O'Toole * 9 days Twelve Years a Slave * 10 days  Paul Newman * 11 days Bette Midler *  12 days 1934 Best Picture * 13 days Matthew McConaughey and Best Actress 2000 * 14 days All About Eve vs. Titanic *  15 Days Supporting  * 16 days Irene Sharaff, Costume Designer * 17 days Randomness * 18 days Meryl Streep * 19 Days Julianne Moore * 20 days 1993 Oscars * 21 days Billy Wilder

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Reader Comments (12)

Hey Nathaniel, you may have already covered this but it occurs to me that if Cate wins tonight, Woody will have directed SIX female Oscar-winning performances (Diane Keaton, Diane Wiest 2x, Mira Sorvino, Penelope Cruz)!! That puts him second only to William Wyler who directed seven (Fay Bainter, Bette Davis, Teresa Wright, Greer Garson, Olivia de Havilland, Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand).

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterScottGS

oooh! great trivia note scottgs

March 2, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Jennifer!!!! My movie goddess! Thank you for this! I'm taking a birthday cake for her to my Oscar party! What an extraordinary day!

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

It actually can't have been that difficult to notice Daniel Craig in autumn 1998 since Elizabeth was released at the same time as Love Is The Devil. Danny's role in the Best Picture nominee is brief but pivotal. I will concede that I didn't fell in love with him though. And never have.
Martin Ritt also directed Best Picture nominee Sounder. And was left out of the directing shortlist again.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWilly

Nat, you're very feisty this am. Have you been dipping into the Oscar sherry already?

Wouldn't it be a kick if Sally and Cate both won and Woody was boosted right up there? I'm not going to be disappointed at which Supporting Actress wins, but I do have a favorite and its Hawkins.

DC is my future husband, no ex to it. He just hasn't met me yet.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Just please don't have a crazy breakdown like Sasha Stone no doubt will have when Gravity wins.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

Just to kill time, and since I personally consider you're a master of Photoshop, why don't you include in that lovely banner pics of Turner, Close, Pfeiffer and Moore with the very well deserved Oscars they never got?

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Another trivia: March 2nd, 1965 was the premiere date of Best Picture winner (and my most favorite movie of all time) The Sound of Music. It went on to win 5 awards on Oscar night. If not for another classic epic Doctor Zhivago, I think it would win more.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

P.J. one of my favorites, too

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNathanielR

Thanks to the BBC failing to secure Oscar-ing rights, you are my lifeline, my heroin, my everything on this night of all film nights. Will be glued to your every tweet from now to . . . erm . . . whenever I finally fall asleep.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnon in Yorkshire

Anon in Yorkshire----who is actually Lady Mary, and after that particular plane trip with Liam and Lupita has forgone her career as a trolly dolly and decided to settle down with that nice pig farmer who used to work for her father but who failed to deliver on the pigs and they can't afford cable let alone more than a basic internet connection.......as long as the gerbils keep running on the wheel.

And yes, after trying to watch the red carpet preview show (possibly the worst television production ever....EVER), I have turned to the Oscar sherry to calm my nerves.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Damn, busted.

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnon in Yorkshire

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