Today in My History
Bev's 65 x 365
Cast (updated 7/16)
19 March 2021
I have been the biggest awards watcher since 1953, the year we got our first TV, when I was 10. That was the first year the Academy Awards were televised and I remember being thrilled at watching that big "birthday cake" they had with all of the stars sitting on it, as it slowly rolled around.
I went to the movies a lot in those days and had my favorite movies and stars and loved watching them all come together to give out and receive awards. We watched the Oscars every year, and loved Bob Hope as the host, year after year.
I checked the most memorable Oscar moments this morning and realized I'd seen all of them.
There was the streaker, of course. That was the first moment I thought of and it was listed as the first on every list I found. It was 1974. David Niven was getting ready to introduce Elizabeth Taylor when Robert Opel, who had snuck backstage as a news reporter, took off his clothes and ran across the stage. Niven never lost his composure and just said, "Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen... But isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?"
I remember when Marlon Brando declined the best actor award for The Godfather in 1973. because he was protesting Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans in film and to draw attention to the standoff at Wounded Knee.
He sent Apache Sacheen Littlefeather to come to the stage when his name was called and she refused the award and read part of a long statement by Brando, which essentially said that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry.
After that, nobody was permitted to accept an award for someone who was not at the ceremony.
I remember Sidney Poitier as the first African American actor to win an Oscar, in 1964. The only other oscar to have gone to an actor was to Hattie McDaniel, for her role in Gone with the Wind. Poitier, who had been nominated the year before, won for Lillies of the Field.
I remember other things like Jack Palance doing one handed push-ups on stage to prove that older actors still had physical abilities. I remember Roberto Benigni, winning for Life is Beautiful and so excited that he climbed up on the seats in the audience and walked over to the stage. I remember Jennifer Lawrence fallling up the stairs to the stage on her way to accept the Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook.
I remember when host Ellen Degeneres took a selfie of a bunch of stars in the audience.
And then there is the fun of the red carpet and especially seeing all strange outfits people like Cher and Bjork wore.
We don't get weird costumes any more, but the outfits are usually beautiful.
The older I get, the fewer movies I actually see and I no longer recognize most of the young actors and actresses -- they all look alike to me.
Looking at the nominees for this year, I only recognize one actor nominated for Best Actor, Anthony Hopkins for The Father. It's a movie I want to see, but it has not yet been released to the public--it's about a father with dementia and how they deal with him. The other actors nominated in this category: Riz Ahmed, Steven Yuen, Gary Oldman and Chadwick Boseman are actors I don't know at all. I don't know any of the actors in the supporting category. I know two actresses nominated for Best Actress, Viola Davis and Frances McDormand and have never heard of the other three: Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan. Glenn Close is the only actress in the supporting category that I know.
I've actually seen one of the Best Picture nominees (Trial of the Chicago 7) and have heard of two others, but have no idea what they are about.
Clarissa Cruz, David Canfield and Joey Nolfi are the hosts this year. I have never heard of any of them. There will be no red carpet and people will be sitting at home as the awards are announced.
I think this will be the first year I am not at all interested in watching the Academy Awards.
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