Showbiz History: Star Wars' Oscar Ceremony & Matthew Goode's Birthday Suit
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 8:00AM
NATHANIEL R in A Single Man, Matthew Goode, Oscar Trivia, Oscars (30s), Oscars (40s), Oscars (70s), Patton, Romantic Comedies, Star Wars, The Assassination of Jesse James, The Jungle Book

8 random things that happened on this day in history (as it relates to showbiz). Happy April 3rd!

1882 Jesse James is Assassinated by the Coward Robert Ford (Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck recreating that for you above circa 2007).

1930 The 2nd Oscars are held with Broadway Melody taking Best Picture. (No film won more than 1 Oscar at that ceremony but that's less crazy than it sounds since there were only 7 categories then.)

1942 Zoltan Korda's The Jungle Book opens in movie theaters. It certainly won't be the last film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's wild boy and jungle animals adventure but it receives the most Oscar nominations of any of them by far in four categories (Cinematography, Production Design, Visual Effects, and Original Score)

After the jump the historic 50th Oscar ceremony. So much good trivia awaits you...

1953 The very first issue of TV Guide magazine appears with Luci & Desi's baby on the cover

1970 Patton enjoys its first weekend in movie theaters, a week before the 1969 Oscars are held. It'll win its own Oscar for Best Picture a whole year and two weeks later. It's so rare for that to happen now, debuting before the previous  years Oscars and still winning your own. When was the last time... 1991/1992 with Silence of the Lambs?

1978 Oscar 50th anniversary ceremony, the 1977 Oscars, proves to be an unusual and historic year in multiple respects. It's the very last time, for example, that 80% of the Best Picture list was made up of female-centric stories. Neither of the most nominated pictures (The Turning Point and Julia with 11 nods each) ended up leading the night while The Turning Point set a new record for most losses (it won none on its categories... and it still holds that record but shares the "honor" with The Color Purple now). The night was dominated by Star Wars which took home the most Oscars (6) and Annie Hall which walked away with Best Picture, Best Director, and Diane Keaton for Best Actress. Richard Dreyfus, winning for the romantic comedy The Goodbye Girl became the youngest actor to ever win in lead (he was 30). He'd hold the record for 25 years until Adrien Brody arrived with The Pianist (2002) and won just a month before his own 30th.

Other historic elements of this Oscar year: It would be one of the only three times in 90 years of Academy history where both lead acting Oscars were from romantic comedies. It's all but impossible to imagine that happening now since Oscar voters seems to dislike comedies even more than they once did and are much more obsessed with biopic performances than they once were (and they always loved them so that's saying a lot). The only other times that two romantic comedy performances won were duos from the same film: Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable for It Happened One Night (1934) and Helen Hunt & Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets (1997).

Richard Chew, Marcia Lucas, and Paul Hirsch shared the editing win for STAR WARS (1977)

Other historic elements of this Oscar year: Richard Chew, who had previously been the first Asian ever nominated in Film Editing (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) became the first Asian to win Film Editing (Star Wars), and Greg Jein became the first Asian nominee in Visual Effects (Close Encounters of the Third Kind). Meanwhile the legendary Richard Burton received his very last Oscar nomination for Equus and lost again, making him the second most losing actor in Oscar history (after Peter O'Toole and tied now with Glenn Close). Jason Robards became the only man to win two Best Supporting Actor Oscars consecutively with his bizarre win for Julia despite having almost nothing to do within the film. 

1992 Beethoven (which launches a franchise) and Straight Talk (with Dolly Parton) as well as the mystery Thunder Heart (with Val Kilmer) all open in movie theaters.

2009 The comedy Adventureland (with Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg) is new in theaters

Today's Birthday Suit

Matthew Goode, pictured above in A Single Man (2009), was born on this day in 1978 over in the UK. He's one of TV & Film's most reliable supporting players but he never gets any credit and we think that might be because of that totally EXTRA beauty. Seriously, is he even human? Happy 41st, Matthew.

Other Famous Actors Born on this Day: Ben Mendelsohn, Rachel Bloom, Doris Day, Marlon Brando, Eddie Murphy, Leslie Howard, Marsha Mason, Sofia Boutella, Alec Baldwin, Adam Scott, Amanda Bynes, Jamie Bamber, Jan Sterling, Marisa Paredes, and Cobie Smulders.

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