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."
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
John Huston was only best director winner--for 1948's "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"--to be nominated for best supporting actor. Huston was nominated for 1963's "The Cardinal."
Composer Victor Young received 22 Oscar nominations. Unfortunately, he had died by the time he won for 1956's "Around the World in 80 Days."
When Spencer Tracy received his second best actor Oscar for 1938's "Boys Town," the inscription on the award read: "Dick Tracy."
Full Medal Jacket
Stanley Kubrick was nominated for best director and story and screenplay for 1968's "2001: A Space Odyssey." He did win an Oscar for his work on the movie--best special effects.
Nine-year-old Justin Henry was the youngest person to ever be nominated for an Oscar when he received a best supporting nod for 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer."
Prince received the best original song score Oscar for 1984's "Purple Rain."
Billy Crystal, Please Note
Douglas Fairbanks served as co-host and presented all the awards at the first Oscar ceremony, May 16, 1929, at the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Win, Place and Show
At the ceremony for 1936's Oscars, host George Jessel revealed the order of finish for the top awards. Luise Rainer won as best actress for "The Great Ziegfeld," Carole Lombard ("My Man Godfrey") placed second in the balloting, and Norma Shearer ("Romeo and Juliet") was third. Best actor Paul Muni won by a landslide for "The Story of Louis Pasteur," beating Gary Cooper ("Mr. Deeds Goes to Town"). Best director Frank Capra of "Mr. Deeds" barely beat out W.S. Van Dyke for "San Francisco." And best picture winner "The Great Ziegfeld" edged out "Louis Pasteur" by just a few votes.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed the 1950 Oscar-nominated tune "Bibbidy-Bobbidi-Boo" from Walt Disney's "Cinderella."
The ceremony for 1944's Academy Awards, which took place March 15, 1945, at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, was the first to be broadcast in its entirety on the radio. The fledgling ABC radio network carried it.
The March 7, 1946, ceremony marked the first time nominated songs were performed on the show. Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Kathryn Grayson and Dinah Shore sang the 14 nominated tunes.
The Los Angeles Times revealed the winners of the 1939 Oscars in its 8:45 p.m. edition. Nominees Clark Gable and Bette Davis knew they hadn't won by the time they arrived at the Ambassador Hotel for the ceremonies.
Elizabeth Taylor presented her first Oscar--best costume design--at the 1948 Academy Awards ceremony on March 24, 1949. She wore a white taffeta gown and entered to the tune of "Did You
The 1955 best picture winner, "Marty," was the first American movie to win the best picture prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Snip, Rattle and Roll
"Woodstock," the 1970 best documentary feature winner, was the first documentary also to be nominated in the film editing category.
The 1973 best song nominee "Live and Let Die," written by Paul and Linda McCartney, was the first song from a James Bond film to receive a nomination.
Three days after Audrey Hepburn received the best actress Oscar for 1953's "Roman Holiday," she won the best actress Tony for the Broadway production "Ondine."
What a Country
This year's best supporting actor nominee Jaye Davidson of "The Crying Game" is actually an American citizen. He was born in the States of an American father and British mother.
Since 1944, only five films each year can be nominated for best picture. Previously, the average number of nominees was 10. A staggering 12 pictures were nominated for best film of 1934 and 1935.
When Edmund Gwenn won the best supporting Oscar for 1947's "Miracle on 34th Street" for his performance as Kris Kringle, he quipped: "Now I know there's a Santa Claus."
All 1974 best costume nominees--"Chinatown," "Daisy Miller," "The Godfather Part II," "The Great Gatsby," "Murder on the Orient Express"--were Paramount pictures. It was the first time in Oscar history that all costume nominees came from one studio.
At 76, Henry Fonda was the oldest performer to win the best actor Oscar. He won for 1981's "On Golden Pond." He was previously nominated for best actor for 1940's "The Grapes of Wrath" and also co-produced the 1957 best picture nominee "Twelve Angry Men."
"Enchanted April," which is nominated for three Oscars, was originally filmed by RKO back in 1935, starring Ann Harding and Frank Morgan. Fans of the 1937 Katherine Hepburn RKO comedy "Stage Door" should also be familiar with "Enchanted April": In that movie, "Enchanted April" was the name of the play in which Hepburn makes her famous "The calla lillies are in bloom again" speech.