‘Slumdog’ sweep joins Oscar’s actorless trio

Posted by · 11:34 am · February 24th, 2009

Simon Beaufoy at the 81st annual Academy AwardsUPDATE: Okay, this is what happens when you skim emails too quickly and don’t do the research on your own.  I’ve corrected the statistical errors on my part.  THIS should be on the money:

Not sure if this bit of trivia has already been consumed and digested, but thanks to Jeremy who sent it in weeks ago.  We’ve already talked at length about “Slumdog Millionaire”‘s Cinderella season marking the winningest awards streak of all time (Oscar, BAFTA, PGA, DGA, WGA, SAG Ensemble, ACE, ASC, CAS, ADG, CDG, USC Scripter — hell, even an MPSE honor).  But the film’s Oscar victory Sunday night also marked only the the fourth time a film won Best Picture, Best Director and a screenplay award without a member of the cast being nominated. The others were “Gigi” in 1958, “The Last Emperor” in 1987 and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2003.

I’ll read more carefully next time, I swear.

Other interesting stats contributed by Speaking English and The Z:

“Slumdog” is the first film to win Best Picture and Best Cinematography since 1999’s “American Beauty.”

It is also the first Best Picture winner since 1984’s “Amadeus” to win 8 Oscars.

Additionally, it is the seventh film to win 8 Oscars after “Gone With the Wind,” “From Here to Eternity,” “On the Waterfront,” “Cabaret” and the aforementioned “Amadeus.”

This was the first year since 1994 that all acting winners had been previously nominated.

Sean Penn is the only actor to win twice this decade.  (Tom O’Neil also notes he is the ninth male actor to win two lead Oscars after Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis.  Twelve actresses have taken two.)

With Penelope Cruz’s victory, Woody Allen is now third behind William Wyler and Fred Zinneman for most performances directed to an Oscar with seven, Chad tells us.

Anything else?

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  • 1 2-24-2009 at 11:41 am

    miguel gallego said...

    Braveheart (1995) didn’t have any actor nominted neither

  • 2 2-24-2009 at 11:43 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Ooh, burned. Good catch.

  • 3 2-24-2009 at 11:47 am

    miguel gallego said...

    Just one question Kris. Isn’t the “Untitled Nelson Mandela Project” you have in the sidebar going to be named “The Human Factor”??? I think I’ve read something like that…

  • 4 2-24-2009 at 12:14 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    miguel: No, if you scroll down to the Off the Carpet column you’ll see this discussion. From the horse’s mouth (Eastwood), it’s no longer called “The Human Factor.” It’s untitled for the moment.

  • 5 2-24-2009 at 12:32 pm

    Jeremy said...

    Thanks for the reference Kris, but the factoid is actually even more obscure. “Slumdog Millionaire” represents the fourth millionaire to win Best Picture, Best Director, AND Best Adapted Screenplay without a nomination for a member of its cast. No movie has ever done it with Best Original Screenplay replacing Best Adapted Screenplay.

    Perhaps not the movie’s most impressive accomplishment, but one of its more unique.

  • 6 2-24-2009 at 12:32 pm

    Jeremy said...

    And by “fourth millionaire” I mean “fourth movie”. Obviously.

  • 7 2-24-2009 at 12:33 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Maybe I skimmed your email, Jeremy, sorry about that.

  • 8 2-24-2009 at 12:41 pm

    Jeremy said...

    No worries Kris, it’s certainly a busy time of year.

  • 9 2-24-2009 at 12:45 pm

    Loyal Mehnert said...

    The winning streak bothers me, not because its Slumdog but because it’s highly unlikely to be ever duplicated.

    You could make Schindler’s List Part Deux with an all-star cast and somewhere, somehow, it’ll lose a guild win.


  • 10 2-24-2009 at 12:48 pm

    The Z said...

    I’ve got “Slumdog Millionaire” as the 11th Best Picture to not have an acting nomination:

    2008 Slumdog Millionaire
    2003 LOTR: The Return of the King
    1995 Braveheart
    1987 The Last Emperor
    1958 Gigi
    1956 Around the World in 80 Days
    1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
    1951 An American in Paris
    1931-32 Grand Hotel
    1929-30 All Quiet on the Western Front
    1927-28 Wings

  • 11 2-24-2009 at 12:56 pm

    RJ said...

    What about…
    Wings (1927/28)
    All Quiet On The Western Front (1929/30)
    Grand Hotel (1931/32)
    An American In Paris (1951)
    The Greatest Show On Earth (1952)
    Around The World In Eighty Days (1956)
    in addition to the others already mentioned?
    The quartette has grown.

  • 12 2-24-2009 at 1:01 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Yeah, it’s actually the 11th film to have such an honor.

    Other interesting stats:

    – it’s the first Best Picture winner since 1999 to also win Best Cinematography (“American Beauty”).

    – it’s the first Best Picture winner since 1984 (“Amadeus”) to win 8 Oscars.

    – it’s the first time since 1994 all four acting winners had been previously nominated.

    – Sean Penn is the only actor to win twice this decade.

    – “Slumdog” is the 6th film to win 8 Oscars (“Gone with the Wind,” “From Here to Eternity,” “On the Waterfront,” “Gandhi,” “Amadeus”).

  • 13 2-24-2009 at 1:03 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Stat confusion on my part, guys. Think it’s cleared up now. Apologies.

  • 14 2-24-2009 at 1:03 pm

    The Z said...

    “Slumdog Millionaire” is actually the 7th film to win 8 Oscars.

    “Cabaret” won 8 in 1972, but lost Best Picture to “The Godfather.”

  • 15 2-24-2009 at 1:04 pm

    miguel gallego said...

    Alright Kris, thanks

  • 16 2-24-2009 at 1:55 pm

    Brian said...

    Are we not counting winning more than 8 Oscars? Because Return of the King won 11.

  • 17 2-24-2009 at 2:10 pm

    Loyal Mehnert said...

    Not sure I like the wording in the 8 Oscars tidbit though I understand the point you are trying to make.

    But ROTK won 8…and 3 more. Titanic won 8…and 3 more as well. The English Patient won 8…and 1 more.

  • 18 2-24-2009 at 2:16 pm

    Jack said...

    Isn’t this also the first time that two movies nominated for both Sound Editing and Sound Mixing split the two awards? Every other time they split, one of the movies wasn’t nominated in the other category.

  • 19 2-24-2009 at 2:17 pm

    Chad said...

    Woody Allen directed his sixth Oscar winning performance, which means he leaves Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese behind and takes sole position of first place on a list of living directors. Including dead folks, he’s tied for third with Fred Zinnemann behind William Wyler and Elia Kazan.

  • 20 2-24-2009 at 2:20 pm

    Jim said...

    Kris, you said Penn is the ninth but you mentioned only 7 more. Is Denzel Washington he one you forgot?

  • 21 2-24-2009 at 2:24 pm

    Ryan Hoffman said...

    You (Tom O’Neil) forgot the greatest actor alive has 2. And Robert DeNiro has 2.

  • 22 2-24-2009 at 2:26 pm

    Ryan Hoffman said...

    If we’re just talking lead, then its just the greatest actor alive.
    DeNiro has 2, but one for supporting.

  • 23 2-24-2009 at 2:30 pm

    The Z said...

    Woody Allen has only directed 5 Oscar-winning performances:

    Diane Keaton, “Annie Hall” 1977
    Michael Caine, “Hannah and Her Sisters” 1986
    Diane Wiest, “Hannah and Her Sisters” 1986
    Diane Wiest, “Bullets Over Broadway” 1994
    Mira Sorvino, “Mighty Aphrodite” 1995
    Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” 2008

  • 24 2-24-2009 at 2:31 pm

    The Z said...

    Sorry – five actors, 6 Oscars. My Bad.

  • 25 2-24-2009 at 2:42 pm

    Jim said...

    Ryan Hoffman, do you mean DDL?

  • 26 2-24-2009 at 2:43 pm

    Jim said...

    Oh, I just read the aticle. He is included. And obviously, he means lead.

  • 27 2-24-2009 at 2:55 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Yeah, Daniel Day-Lewis is missing from the male actors with two Best Actor wins.

    Another one (and correct me if I’m wrong, I feel like I’m surely forgetting something):

    “Slumdog Millionaire” is only the 4th Best Picture winner to also win Best Original Song. The others are “Going My Way,” “Gigi,” “Titanic,” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

  • 28 2-24-2009 at 2:56 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Wow, that would be 5th. Sorry.

  • 29 2-24-2009 at 3:16 pm

    Ronn said...

    My head hurts.

  • 30 2-24-2009 at 4:14 pm

    Ryan said...

    Haha. Great stats in the post and in the comments. Great job you guys!

  • 31 2-24-2009 at 4:37 pm

    The Z said...

    In regards to actors winning 2 Oscars:

    Jack Lemmon, Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicholson, and Denzel Washingtion have won both a lead and supporting Oscar. Otherwise, only 9 men have garnered 2 lead Oscars – the list above plus Daniel Day-Lewis.

    While we’re at it:

    Walter Brennan, Anthony Quinn, Peter Ustinov, Jason Robards, Melvyn Douglas, and Michael Caine have each won 2 supporting Oscars.

    Only 2 actresses have won 2 supporting Oscars: Shelley Winters and Diane Wiest.

    Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, and Maggie Smith won both a lead and supporting Oscar.

    And 12 actresses (not 11 as noted above) have at least 2 lead Oscars:

    Luise Rainer, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Vivien Leigh, Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Glenda Jackson, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Jodie Foster, and Hilary Swank.

  • 32 2-24-2009 at 4:40 pm

    The Z said...

    By the way, Brennan won 3 Supporting Actor Oscars and, as everyone surely knows, Hepburn won 4 Lead Actress Oscars. Those 2 plus Jack Nicholson and Ingrid Bergman are the only performers to win more than 2 Academy Awards.

  • 33 2-24-2009 at 5:48 pm

    Jim said...

    I have predicted DDL to take his third for Silence and now I add Streep if she plays in Osge County.

    PS: No idea why she didn’t want to play Tolstoy’s wife! That seems interesting to play and baity at the same time.

  • 34 2-24-2009 at 6:42 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***With Penelope Cruz’s victory, Woody Allen is now third behind William Wyler and Fred Zinneman for most performances directed to an Oscar with seven, Chad tells us.***

    Tied with Zinneman, behind Wyler and Kazan.

  • 35 2-25-2009 at 7:57 am

    Kokushi said...

    DDL may get his third next year for Nine.

  • 36 2-25-2009 at 1:03 pm

    Homer said...

    “Departures” is the first japanese picture to win in the competitive foreign language feature, afeter 12 nominations (a record breaker). Previous to 1956 there has been some non competitive awards to Japan, however.

  • 37 2-25-2009 at 9:26 pm

    Onelinereview said...

    Also: Woody Allen now ties Elia Kazan for directing the most Best Supporting Actress performances– four each.