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Calendar Goes To The Oscars : SIDE ORDERS

March 28, 1993|SUSAN KING

Eastwood's Menagerie

This year's triple Oscar nominee Clint Eastwood has had some interesting co-stars. Not only did Eastwood star with Clyde the orangutan in "Every Which Way but Loose" and "Any Which Way You Can," but he also appeared in 1955's "Francis in the Navy" and "Tarantula" and appeared as himself in an episode of "Mr. Ed."

Family Affair

Laura Dern and Diane Ladd, best actress and best supporting actress nominees for 1991's "Rambling Rose," were the first mother and daughter to be nominated in the same year.

The Horror!

The best picture winner for 1991, "The Silence of the Lambs," was the first horror film to win that honor and also the first to have already been released on home video.

Split Category

For the first Oscars, 1927-28, the category of best director was divided into direction and comedy direction. Frank Borzage won the best director honors for "Seventh Heaven," and Lewis Milestone won for comedy direction for "Two Arabian Nights," beating out Charlie Chaplin for "The Circus."

Double the Pleasure

This year's best actor and best supporting actor nominee Al Pacino is the first actor since Barry Fitzgerald to be nominated in two categories. Fitzgerald was nominated for best actor and best supporting actor for 1944's "Going My Way." He won as best supporting actor. In Oscar's early years, though, there were frequent double nominees. George Arliss was nominated for the 1929-30 best actor Oscar for "Disraeli" and "The Green Goddess," as were Maurice Chevalier for "The Love Parade" and "The Big Pond" and Ronald Colman for "Bulldog Drummond" and "Condemned." Arliss won for "Disraeli."

Along the Way

A month before Barry Fitzgerald received his two Oscar nominations, he was found not guilty in the manslaughter death of an elderly woman he had hit with his car on Hollywood Boulevard.

Humanitarians

Elizabeth Taylor and the late Audrey Hepburn are slated to receive this year's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Hersholt himself received a special 1949 Oscar for his "distinguished service to the motion picture industry."

Duke Subs for Coop

John Wayne picked up Gary Cooper's best actor award for 1952's "High Noon." Coop was in Mexico filming "Blowing Wild."

They Directed Themselves

"Driving Miss Daisy," 1989's best picture winner, was the first best film since 1932's "Grand Hotel" to win the honor without its director having also received a nomination.

Harold Stassen Award

Cinematographer Hal Mohr is the one and only write-in winner. He won for best cinematography for 1935's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Not Averse to 'Adverse'

Gale Sondergaard, who won best supporting actress for 1936's "Anthony Adverse," was the first winner to receive an award for a film debut.

A Different Role

Marisa Tomei, best supporting actress nominee this year for "My Cousin Vinnie," played flighty Maggie Lauten during the 1987-88 season of the NBC comedy series "A Different World."

It's in the Genes

Anjelica Huston became the first third-generation Oscar winner when she won best supporting actress for 1985's "Prizzi's Honor." Grandfather Walter won best supporting actor for "Treasure of the Sierra Madre," which also won father John Oscars for best screenplay and director.

The Keller Touch

Helen Keller starred in the 1955 Oscar winner for best feature documentary, "Helen Keller in Her Story." Seven years later, Patty Duke received the best supporting actress Oscar for her performance as Keller in "The Miracle Worker."

Prized Producer

Producer Darryl F. Zanuck became the first recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. He received the award in 1938, the year after Thalberg's death. Zanuck also received the 1950 Thalberg Award.

Strike Up the 'Bang'

Ingrid Bergman, Sidney Poitier, Paula Kelly and the UCLA Marching Band performed the Oscar-nominated tune "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" at the 1969 ceremony.

Andy Hardy, American

MGM received a special Oscar certificate in 1942 for "its achievement in representing the American Way of Life in the production of the 'Andy Hardy' series of films."

It Lost by a Beak

Although it was introduced in a cartoon short, 1948's "Wet Blanket Policy," "The Woody Woodpecker Song" received a best song nomination. It lost to "Buttons and Bows" from the Bob Hope comedy "The Paleface."

What'd They Say?

Best foreign-language film became a regular category with the 1956 Oscars. Fellini's "La Strada" was the first to receive the honor.

'SNL' Grads

This year's best actor nominee Robert Downey Jr. was a regular on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" during the 1985-86 season. But he's not the first former "SNL" alum to be an Oscar nominee. Dan Aykroyd received a best supporting actor nomination for 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy," and Albert Brooks, who produced short films for the series during the 1975-76 season, was a best supporting actor nominee for 1987's "Broadcast News."

Double Threat

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