Friday, December 19, 2014

Never Sell an Academy Award® statuette

According to a published article on website, a former Academy Award® winner's daughter-in-law sold one of his cinematography statuettes for an astounding $40,500 in an auction.

In contractual agreements signed by winners, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® require any past winners who decide to get rid of their trophy to sell this back to The Academy®  for $10. For the most part, this is a binding contract and must be honored. 

These historical trophies are rare in conjunction to their symbolism. Whereas we view these trophies as all alike, the historical context of these Oscar® statuettes are vetted by movie memorabilia collectors and those who love movies. We see the reasoning of this contract - to preserve the rich history of the Academy Awards® and its importance to Hollywood. 

Word of wisdom is to never sell your Academy Award® trophy. It is a special achievement we can only dream of, so preserve this artifact and remember its sentimental value. 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Steven Spielberg acceptance speech for Schindler's List - His First Academy Award® for Best Director

We don't own the rights to this video. The rights are reserved to the respective owner, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® and are shown via YouTube.  

Read news article on Steven Spielberg winning his first Best Director trophy here.

Who is the first Posthumous Academy Award® nominated Screenwriter?

What screenwriter was the first to get nominated posthumously for an Academy Award® in the writing category?

In the first Academy Award® ceremony held on May 16, 1929, screenwriter Gerald Duffy (passed away on June 25, 1928) got nominated for his writing on The Private Life of Helen of Troy. This first award show consolidated films from 1927/1928. 

Gerald Duffy is the first screenwriter/scenarist to get nominated for an Academy Award® posthumously.  

Who was the First Posthumous Academy Award® nominated actor ever?

In the 1950's, we were introduced to a fascinating actor. He still remains an iconic actor who left his mark in Hollywood history. This legendary actor tragically passed away at the young age of 24.

Who is this actor that received the first posthumous Academy Award® nomination? 

-James Dean (East of Eden in 1955)

The legendary James Dean was also the first to receive a second posthumous Academy Award® nomination a year after his first for East of Eden in 1955 and Giant in 1956.

These two posthumous Academy Award® nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role occurred two consecutive years following the death of James Dean in an auto accident on September 30, 1955 in Cholame, California. James Dean will forever be known as one of the most inspiring and talented actors of his generation, a life cut short by a tragedy that shocked Hollywood and movie fans.

No actor since James Dean has been nominated two consecutive years following their untimely death.

Friday, June 6, 2014

What actors connected to Tom Cruise have won an Oscar®?

Tom Cruise appears to be a good luck charm for Oscar® winners. Those connected with Tom seem to win the golden trophy, even though the Oscar® has eluded this popular actor. The sign we see here is to become Tom Cruise's friend because his former co-stars, friends, and even his ex-wife are winning what has eluded him all these years - an Academy® Award statuette.

The following actors who starred with Tom Cruise in movies and know him personally have won Oscars®:

Paul Newman - Best Actor in a Leading Role (1987) - Color of Money (1986)
Dustin Hoffman - Best Actor in a Leading Role (1989) - Rainman (1988)
Holly Hunter - Best Actress in a Leading Role (1994) - Piano (1993)
Jack Nicholson - Best Actor in a Leading Role (1998) - As Good As It Gets (1997)
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (1998) - Jerry McGuire (1997)
Nicole Kidman -  Best Actress in a Leading Role (2003) - The Hours (2002)
Renee Zellweger - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (2004) - Cold Mountain (2003)
Sofia Coppola - Best Writing, Original Screenplay (2004) - Lost in Translation (2003)
Sean Penn - Best Actor in a Leading Role (2004) - Mystic River (2003)
Jamie Foxx - Best Actor in a Leading Role (2005) - Ray (2004)
Penelope Cruz - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (2009) - Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Sean Penn - Best Actor in a Lead Role (2009) - MILK (2008)

As a prospective screenwriter and Tom Cruise fan, I always enjoyed watching his movies. Tom is a versatile actor who can play any type of role. He will even take a co-starring role in a movie he believes in, such as Rain Man and Magnolia. Tom was awesome in Collateral, a hitman/assassin movie with plenty of action and great storytelling. When can I meet Tom Cruise? As an aspiring writer, my dream is to become a screenwriter. My ultimate goal is to get nominated for an Oscar® in the writing category. The top achievement in my life would be to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. This would definitely become a dream-defining moment. 

How many Oscar® nominations did Tom Cruise earn?

Tom Cruise has been nominated for an Oscar® three times.

Oscar® Nominee - Best Actor in a Leading Role - Born on the Fourth of July (1990)
Oscar® Nominee - Best Actor in a Leading Role - Jerry McGuire (1997)
Oscar® Nominee - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Magnolia (2000)