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Calendar's Big Oscars Issue : OSCAR LORE : THE BOUNTIFUL

March 20, 1994|SUSAN KING

Best actor nominees Anthony Hopkins ("The Remains of the Day"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("In the Name of the Father") and Liam Neeson ("Schindler's List") appeared together in the 1984 film "The Bounty."

NEO-TERRORIST

Speaking of Daniel Day-Lewis, as a youngster he appeared briefly in the Oscar-nominated 1971 film "Sunday, Bloody Sunday." Day-Lewis played a punk who scratched the side of a parked car.

THE NAKED

Double nominee Emma Thompson ("The Remains of the Day," "In the Name of the Father") was seen au naturel in the 1989 British comedy "The Tall Guy."

LOVELY COUPLE

"What's Love Got to Do With It" isn't the first time 1993 Oscar nominees Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett played a troubled husband and wife. The two played a divorced couple in the 1991 film "Boyz N the Hood."

GROWN UP

Best supporting actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio ('What's Eating Gilbert Grape") played the role of Luke Brower in the 1991-92 season of ABC's "Growing Pains."

JONES' STORY

Best supporting actor nominee Tommy Lee Jones ("The Fugitive") played Ryan O'Neal's Harvard roommate in 1970's "Love Story."

SOLO TURN

Robert Altman is nominated for the 1993 best director award for "Short Cuts." It's the film's only nomination. Altman's sole nomination marks the first time a film has received only a best director nomination since Martin Scorsese's for his 1988 film "The Last Temptation of Christ."

ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH

"Grand Hotel" won the 1932 best picture Oscar. It was the film's only nomination. The 1935 best picture winner, "Mutiny on the Bounty," marked the last time a best picture winner received no other award.

THE TINIEST ACTOR

The youngest best actor nominee was Jackie Cooper. The "Our Gang" veteran was 10 when he was nominated for best actor for 1931's "Skippy."

BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOR

The last film shot in black and white to receive best picture honors was 1960's "The Apartment." The first Technicolor film to win the best picture award was 1939's "Gone With the Wind."

DOUBLE THREAT

Lionel Barrymore received a nomination for best director of 1929 for "Madame X." Though he lost that award, the following year he won the best actor award for "A Free Soul."

NO ARTISTRY ALLOWED

Over the years, Oscar categories have gone through several permutations. One category that didn't continue after the first Oscars was "artistic quality of production." The film "Sunrise" won the award.

DEAD AGAIN

James Dean is the only actor to receive two posthumous acting nominations. He received the 1955 best actor nomination for "East of Eden" and the 1956 nomination for "Giant." When the 1956 awards were presented March 27, 1957, Dean had been dead 18 months.

ALL ABOUT CLAUDETTE

Claudette Colbert originally was cast as Margo Channing in the 1950 best picture winner, "All About Eve." After a bad back kept Colbert from making the film, the role was inherited by Bette Davis, who received a best actress nomination.

GLORIOUS SWANSON

Silent-screen star Gloria Swanson received a nomination for best actress of 1950 for her comeback role as Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard." She previously was nominated for best actress of 1927-28 for "Sadie Thompson."

ONE CENT SHORT

The 1936 Oscar-nominated tune "Pennies From Heaven" was the first title song to be nominated for best song. It lost to "The Way You Look Tonight" from "Swing Time."

JUVENILIA

Deanna Durbin and Mickey Rooney both won miniature 1938 statuette trophies for "their significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth, and as juvenile players setting a high standard of ability and achievement."

FROM 'LOVE' TO 'LUCY'

Karl Freund, later the cinematographer on "I Love Lucy," won an Oscar for his work on 1937's "The Good Earth." He also directed the classic 1935 film "Mad Love."

FULL PALETTE

Starting with 1939, best cinematography nominees were divided into black-and-white nominations and color nominations. The nominations went back to just one division in 1967.

IN THE CHIPS

Both Robert Donat and Peter O'Toole received Oscar nominations playing James Hilton's beloved schoolteacher Mr. Chips in "Goodbye Mr. Chips." Donat won the 1939 Oscar for his role in the original; O'Toole received his nomination for the 1969 musical remake. He lost the Oscar to John Wayne, who won for "True Grit."

DOUBLE DUTY

O'Toole also won best actor Oscar nominations playing the same character, Henry II, in two different films. He played Henry in 1964's "Becket" and in 1968's "The Lion in Winter." Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando won Oscars for playing the same role: Don Vito Corleone. De Niro won best supporting actor for 1974's "The Godfather, Part II" and Brando won best actor for 1972's "The Godfather."

Paul Newman also scored Oscar success playing the role of Fast Eddie Felson. He received a best actor Oscar nomination as Fast Eddie in 1961's "The Hustler" and won best actor as Eddie in the sequel, 1986's "The Color of Money."

STURGES STRIKEOUT

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