We all know about classic stuff like Cary Grant making sure they cast Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady instead of him, and Doris Day not tarnishing her image by doing The Graduate--a part that would have resulted in her still working today. But here are some other weird cinematic decisions, courtesy of ... More >>
Paper magazine's Elizabeth Thompson called to ask for my most memorable snubs in the golden boy's history, since the kids at Paper know that I live, breathe, and lose Oscars for a living. So here they are.
Nina Arianda claims Garson Kanin's classic comedy as her own
Billie Dawn--the corrupt tycoon's awakening girlfriend in Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday--is such a juicy part that it enabled Judy Holliday to beat no less formidable a duo than Bette Davis and Gloria Swanson for the 1950 Best Actress Oscar. But of course Holliday brought to the role an irr ... More >>
Success has mellowed him—and he's actually funny
Talking with all-around Broadway fanatic Seth Rudetsky! Plus Charles Busch.
Did Liz Taylor really deserve that Oscar for Butterfield 8 or was it all about the tracheotomy? How about such surprise winners as Grace Kelly, Judy Holliday, and Richard Dreyfuss? Did the people who decided Dubya won Ohio in 2004 get their early training by tallying these Oscar categories? ... More >>
In 1950, two instant classics about the cruelty of show business, both starring older dames, went at it for Best Picture. Joe Mankiewicz's All About Eve--starring Bette Davis as an aging actress whose entire life is usurped by an unctuous fan--clobbered Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, with Gloria S ... More >>
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