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Academy Awards Trivia and Records

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Acting ties:

1931/32: Best Actor – Wallace Beery (The Champ) and Fredric March (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)

1968: Best Actress – Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) and Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl)

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Now that we have the trivia, here's what I thought should have won.  Directors I

Only movie to be win best direction despite not nominated for best picture:  The Divine Lady (1928-1929)

My choices:  A City of Sadness (1989), Mother and Son (1997), A History of violence (2005)


First movie to win both best picture and best director:  All Quiet on the Western Front (1929-1930)

My choice:  The Man with a Movie Camera (1928-1929)



Last best picture winner not to win an award for acting, directing or writing:  Rebecca (1940)

My choice:  Pink Floyd:  the Wall (1982), Saving Private Ryan (1998)


First director to win two years in a row:  John Ford The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green was My Valley (1941)

My choice:  Jean Renoir Grand Illusion (1938), The Rules of the Game (1939)


Director with most Best Director Awards:  John Ford The Informer (1935), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was my Valley (1941), The Quiet Man (1952)

My choice:  Jean Renoir Grand Illusion (1938), The Rules of the Game (1939), A Day in the Country (1946), The River (1951)


Years when the top six categories were all won by different movies:  1952, 1956, 2005 and 2012.

My choice:  1951, 1989, 1998


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Only director to direct three best picture winners:  William Wyler

My choice for the only director to direct four bests picture winners:  Terrence Malick Days of Heaven (1978), The Tree of Life (2011), To the Wonder (2012), A Hidden Life (2019)  (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg also directed three best picture winners, but did not win best director for all three)



First woman to be nominated for best director:  Lina Wertmeiller (1976, Seven Beauties)

My choice:  Agnes Varda (1965, Le Bonheur)


Earliest year where all five best director nominees are alive:  1980

My choice:  1990


Oldest nominee for best director:  John Huston (1985, Prizzi’s honour). 

Oldest winner:  Clint Eastwood (2004, Million Dollar Baby)

First female best director:  Kathryn Bigelow (2009, The Hurt Locker)

My choice for all three:  Agnes Varda (2017, Faces Places)


First year all directing nominees were born out of the United States:  1987

My choice:  1928-1929


Youngest person to be nominated for best Director:  John Singleton (24, 1991, Boyz N The Hood)

Youngest person to win Best Director:  Damien Chazelle (32, 2016, La La Land)

My choice:  Chantal Akerman, (25, 1975, nominee, Jeanne Dielman 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles) Orson Welles (26, 1941, winner, Citizen Kane)


First non-Caucasian best director:  Ang Lee (2005, Brokeback Mountain)

My choice:  Yasujiro Ozu (1949, Late Spring)


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First movies to get multiple acting nominations:  Cimarron, A Free Soul (1930-1931)

My choices:  The Love Parade, Hallelujah! (1929-1930)


Best Supporting Actress oldest winner:  Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India (1984)

Best Supporting Actress oldest nominee:  Gloria Stuart, Titanic (1987)

Best Supporting Actress youngest winner/nominee:  Tatum O’Neal, Paper Moon (1973)

My choice oldest winner:  Ashcroft

My choice oldest nominee:  Danielle Darrieux, Persepolis (2007)

My choice youngest winner:  Margaret O’Brien, Meet me in Saint Louis (1944)

My choice youngest nominee:  Margaret O’Brien, Jane Eyre (1943)


Best Supporting Actor oldest winner: Christopher Plummer, Beginners (2011)

Best Supporting Actor oldest nominee: Robert Duvall, The judge (2014)

Best Supporting Actor youngest winner: Timothy Hutton, Ordinary People (1980)

Best Supporting Actor youngest nominee: Justin Henry, Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

My choice oldest winner: Boris Karloff, Targets (1968)

My choice oldest nominee: Ralph Richardson, Greystoke:  the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

My choice youngest winner: Paul Dano, There Will be Blood (2007)

My choice youngest nominee: Enzo Statiola, The Bicycle Thieves (1948)


Best Actress oldest winner: Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Best Actress oldest nominee:  Emanuelle Riva, Amour (2012)

Best Actress youngest winner: Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God (1986)

Best Actress youngest nominee: Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

My choice oldest winner: Helen Mirren, The Queen (2006)

My choice oldest nominee: Lillian Gish, The Whales of August (1987)

My choice youngest winner/nominee: Ana Torrent, The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)



Best Actor oldest winner: Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond (1981)

Best Actor oldest nominee: Richard Farnsworth, The Straight Story (1999)

Best Actor youngest winner: Adrien Brody, The Pianist (2002)

Best Actor youngest nominee: Jackie Cooper, Skippy (1930-1931)

My choice oldest winner: Jack Lemmon, Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

My choice oldest nominee: Henrik Malberg, Ordet (1955)

My choice youngest winner/nominee: Babek Ahmed Poor, Where is the Friend’s Home, (1987)



Oldest person chronologically to get an acting nomination:  May Robson (b.1858)

My choice:  Sigrid Neiiendam (b. 1868)


First movie to get a nomination in all four acting categories:  My Man Godfrey (1936)

My choice:  Swing Time (1936)

Only movie to get a nomination in all four acting categories, but not get a nomination for best picture:  My Man Godfrey (1936)

My Choice:  Out 1: Noli me Tangere (1971), Say Anything (1989)

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First actress (and actor period) to win two awards, and in a row:  Luise Rainer, The Great Ziegfeld (1936), The Good Earth (1937)

My choice:  Louise Brooks, Pandora’s Box (1928-1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929-1930)

First actor to win two awards, and in a row:  Spencer Tracy, Captain Courageous (1937), Boys Town (1938)

My choice:  Jean Gabin, Pepe le Moko (1937), Grand Illusion (1938)



First actor to get two nominated in the same year:  Fay Bainter (White Banners/Jezebel) (1938)

My choice:  Myrna Loy (After the Thin Man/The Great Ziegfeld) (1936)


Years in which three of the four winners had won before:  1938, 1994

My choice:  1978, 2012, 2017


First African-American acting winner:  Hattie McDaniel, Gone with the Wind (1939)

My choice:  Lena Horne, Cabin in the Sky (1943)


Earliest lead performance by a living performer:  Joanne Woodward, The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

My choice:  Uma Das Gupta Pather Panchali (1955)


First color film to win a best actor award:  The African Queen (1951)

First color film to win a best actress award:  Anastasia (1956)

My choices:  The Red Shoes (1948), The Wizard of Oz (1939)


First lead performance in a foreign language:  Sophia Loren Two Women (1961)

My choice:  Emil Janning, The Blue Angel (1929-1930)  (Maria Falconetti, The Passion of Joan of Arc [1927-1928] was silent.)


Last actor born in the 19th century to win Best Actor:  Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen (1951)

Last actress born in the 19th century to win Best Actress:  Shirley Booth, Come Back Little Sheba (1952)

Last actor born in the 19th century to win an acting award:  George Burns, The Sunshine Boys (1975)

My choices:  Anton Walbrook, The Red Shoes (1948), Gloria Swanson, Sunset Blvd. (1950), Boris Karloff, Targets and Ruth Gordon, Rosemary’s Baby (1968)


First African-American actress to get a best acting nomination:  Dorothy Dandridge, Carmen Jones (1954)

My choice:  Marpessa Dawn, Black Orpheus (1959)  (And despite that being a Franco-Brazillian movie, she was in fact born in Pennsylvania)


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Movies that got five (unsuccessful) acting nominations:  Petyon Place (1957), Tom Jones (1963)

My choice:  A Christmas Tale (2008)



First actor to win both supporting and lead awards:  Helen Hayes (1931/32, 1970)

My choice: Marcel Dalio (1938/1939)


Largest gap between acting awards:  Helen Hayes (38 Years)

My choice:  Dustin Hoffman (48 years 1969/2017)


Years when none of the four acting winners were Americans:  1964, 2007

My choice:  1945, 1954, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1985, 2004,

Years when none of the four acting winners were in movies nominated for best picture:  1969, 1995

My choice: 1971, 1987, 2004


Year in which all the lead acting nominees were first time nominees in that category:  1927/1928, 1970

My choice: 1927-1928, 1989


Years when there were posthumous awards for acting:  1976 (Peter Finch, Network), 2008 (Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight)

My choice:  1955 (James Dean, East of Eden), 1968 (Boris Karloff, Targets), 2008 (Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight)


First year when all four acting winners are alive:  1978

My choice:  1972


Smalest age gap between the four acting winners:  1980 (17 years)

My choice: 1975 (11 years)


Last time an actor born in the 19th century got a nomination:  Eva La Galliene (Resurrection), 1980

My choice:  Boris Karloff, Targets, Ruth Gordon, Rosemary’s Baby—both 1968


Most recent ceremony where all four winners are dead:  1981

My choice:1968


Largest gap between acting nominations:  Henry Fonda (41 years 1940-1981)

My choice:  Danielle Darrieux (40 years 1967-2007)


First married couple to win acting Oscars:  Laurence Olivier/Vivian Leigh (1948/1951)

My choice:  Charles Chaplin/Paulette Goddard (1936)


Only actors (and apparently anyone) to win two Oscars before the age of thirty:  Louise Rainer (1936/1937), Jodie Foster (1988/1991)

My choice:  Louis Brooks (1928-1929/1929-1930), Catherine Deneuve (1965, 1970), Ana Torrent (1973/1976)


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