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? I really want to win an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay. Would definitely be 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) 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Who is the first Academy® Award Winner from Harvard University?

Harvard University has produced the most brightest and successful alumni. Even dropouts from this prestigious university have made a big name for themselves, such as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Matt Damon, who've all gone on to become the top talents of their class. Harvard graduates President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush represent the past two American presidents.

In the movie industry, Harvard University-connected students and graduates never won an Academy® Award until this starlet accepted an Oscar for Best Actress.

Who is the first Academy® Award Winner from Harvard University? 

Answer: Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Academy® Award Winning Screenplay 2012

Academy® Award Winning screenplays in 2012:

Best Original Screenplay
Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino 

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo - Chris Terrio 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Forrest Gump + Speed = Movie Success

Academy Award® winning movie Forrest Gump inspired me to write movies in Hollywood. I dedicated the last 20 years to make this dream a reality. I thought attending UCSB Film & Media Studies degree program would lead me to Hollywood. I wrote several movie scripts on great concepts. However, I allowed the Writer's Strike to stall out this screenwriting dream. I realize that nothing good comes easy. 

When our dreams fail to materialize, we have to go back to the foundation. What is your muse? My muse is Forrest Gump. It is a great movie that projects the most historical events. In this classic movie, Forrest Gump was always in the right place at the right time.

What I figured out is that I'm always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even worse, when the right opportunity arrives I am never prepared to seize the moment. 

How did I allow 20 years to pass me by without positioning myself in the right place? Now that I have all the time in the world, I lack the financial stability to maximize my time. All I do is waste time trying to figure out how to pay bills. 

It is all about Speed! This 1994 film - set in Los Angeles - set the foundation for my movie dreams. This movie made me realize I, too, can write and act in exciting movies. Maybe I overlooked the speed of life because I did nothing productive in the past 20 years to make this dream happen. 

Schooling is not a standard requirement to become a filmmaker. Writing movie screenplays and locking them away in your computer does nothing for a dream. Maximum exposure delivers real results, so It does matter who reads your writing. 

I plan to watch Forrest Gump and Speed again. The answers to my hardship lie in these two movies. If I plan to do something right, it needs to be right now. Hollywood operates fast to make movies as affordable and quickly as possible. If movies cost more to produce, then movie studios make sure this risk is worth their investment. 

Never waste time. Never make excuses. Never sit on ideas. Never wait for a better story. Never listen to bad advice. Never allow your dreams to fade.   


Monday, March 3, 2014

12 Years A Slave wins Best Picture

Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave won the top prize - Best Picture. According to Hitfix, this historical picture is the first movie to ever win Best Picture under a black director.

12 Years A Slave grabbed 3 Oscar statuettes. The Academy saved the best for last, voting 12 Years A Slave the Best Picture at the 86th Annual Oscars. 

Congratulations to the cast and team of 12 Years A Slave for making your movie the best of the year.