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Jun 11 2018

Showbiz History: John Wayne's Oscar,Altman's Nashville,JLaw's Record

by Nathaniel R

John Wayne in "The Big Trail (1930)"and in "True Grit (1969)"

This day in history is a big one of Hollywood's most popular stars,John Wayne.His career began,as most did in the early days of Hollywood,with uncredited parts in silent films but he became a leading man once the talkies hit.Perhaps he needed that distinctive slow-crawl dirt road voice to stand out?He had his first leading role at just 23 years of age withThe Big Trail.True stardom didn't hit,though,untilStage Coach(1939) after which,he was top-billed for the remainder of his career.On this very day in 1969True Gritpremiered in Los Angeles.The role of Rooster Cogburn would net him his third Oscar nomination and prove to be something of a career capper when he took home the Best Actor Oscar.(Jeff Bridges would later be Oscar-nominated for the same role in the 2010 Coen brothers remake).Not one to rest -- Wayne holds the record of most leading roles for an American movie star with*gasp*142 of them -- the western icon kept right on working throughThe Shootistin 1976.On this same day in history in 1979,ten years after people first met Rooster Cogburn,Wayne died of stomach cancer.He remains one of the most iconic stars in Hollywood history.

What else was happening on this day in showbiz history?Find out after the jump...

1880 Jeannette Rankin,the first woman elected to US Congress is born.Where's her biopic?

1919 Oscar nominee Richard Todd (The Hasty Heart,1949) is born in Dublin

1933 Gene Wilder born in Milwaukee.Goes on to become a comedy legend and two time Oscar nominee.People are still trying totakeWilly Wonkaaway from him and give it to other actors,but it's never going to stick.The role is his.

1939 Christina Crawford born and put up for adoption.Mommie Dearest Joan Crawford picks her up just under a year later.The rest isherstory.

1945 B movie queen Adrienne Barbeau is born

1964The Unsinkable Molly Brownarrives in theaters.It goes on to box office success and six Oscar nominations including Best Actress for America's Sweetheart Debbie Reynolds but it misses a Best Picture nod.

1969 Peter Dinklage is born in New Jersey,a long way away from the seven kingdoms ofGame of Thrones.On the same day across the bridge in NYC,actor Matt McGrath (Broken Hearts Club,Boys Don't Cry,and currently the standby for multiple gays in Broadway'sBoys in the Band) is born.

1975 Robert Altman's remarkableNashvillepremieres in New York City.Somehow it doesn't win all the Oscars and become a blockbuster as Pauline Kael predicted but she was totally right when she called it an 'orgy for movie lovers' adding:亚博主页

It's a pure emotional high,and you don't come down when the picture is over.

1982Grease 2andE.T.The Extra Terrestrialsquare off on opening day in movie theaters.Guess which one wins?

← 1985 Twenty years after its initial bow and instant popularity Neil Simon'sThe Odd Couplereturns to Broadway revised to star two women -- Rita Moreno and Sally Struthers take over as Olive and Florence (instead of Oscar and Felix) so as we see the idea of gender inverted blockbusters didn't begin this decade!It plays for 8 months but receives no Tony nominations.(The original won 4 Tonys)

1986Ferris Bueller's Day Offarrives at movie theaters just as Shia Labeou is born.Twin troublemakers!Which do you prefer?

1993 Happy 25th anniversary to 1993's biggest hitJurassic Park.More on that one a bit later.I reminisced about it for its 20th anniversaryhere in comic strip form.

2010Winter's Boneopens in movie theaters makingJennifer Lawrencea name and kicking off the Academy's obsession with her.(JLaw currently holds the record of youngest person to reach 4 Oscar nominationswhich she achieved by the age of 25,beating previous record holder Jennifer Jones who did it by 27.If Saoirse Ronan is nominated againthis next Oscar seasonshe will take this record away from Jennifer Lawrence...do you think that'll happen?

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Everytime I watch Nashville I fall in love with a different performace.

June 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Hi Nathaniel!Hope you do a Yes,No,Maybe So for the First Man teaser trailer soon!

June 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterHemingway

John Wayne does not get enough credit for his roles.Obviously The Searchers was his best,most complex performance,but he is just magnetic in Stagecoach.It's a great "Movie Star!"performance.

June 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterBen

I don't think Ronan will beat Lawrence's record.On Chesil Beach received lukewarm reviews.Bening has been consistently singled out as the standout for The Seagull,and it's likely Oscar will forget that film and the actors in it by the time votes are being cast.

That leaves Mary Queen of Scots,which we don't know a ton about,right?

June 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJJM

Wayne's best performance may be in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance?Of course he is beyond awesome in The Searchers,and of course The Searchers is one of the five best movies of all time,but his subdued vulnerability in Liberty valance is just heart-breaking.He doesn't have a moment as searing as the "Martha!"when he discovers the family of his brother was killed,but his understated performance is just perfect for what the movie is trying to say.Wayne was violence,Stewart was civilization - civilization must shine brighter.

June 11,2018 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Saoirse Ronan>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>J-Law.Of course Ronan will be J.Law's record and probably will win more Oscars.亚博主页She's already more respected and hasn't done anything stupid.

June 11,2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Nashville is indeed an orgy of wonders for movie lovers.Pauline Kael was 100% correct on that.

A sad footnote to the post on John Wayne: he was one of 90+ people who worked on the (reportedly very bad) 1956 film The Conqueror who developed and/or died of cancer.It is highly suspected that these people were exposed to radioactive fallout from atomic bomb tests while making the film on location.Susan Hayward,Wayne's costar,died 4 years earlier of brain cancer.

June 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Cal-Liberty Valance in general is a marvelous picture.One of Ford's finest films,which is of course saying something.

June 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Because of my father,I only saw two John Wayne films as a kid: "True Grit"and "The Cowboys",the latter of which features Bruce Dern as the menacing villain!

'90s babies will recognize Adrienne Barbeau's voice from her incredible work as Selina Kyle/Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series.

June 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJakey

I hope Saoirse beats her record just because she's a much better actress and deserves it more.Her nominations are a lot more deserved.I enjoy JLaw--I think she's a great movie star,and she gets too much shit,but she doesn't deserve a record like that.She's very lucky to have that SLP win and the Joy nod was very generous.I don't mind her American Hustle nod (even tho I can't stop thinking about how much better Drew Barrymore or a more age-appropriate actress would've played the part),and Winter's Bone is undeniable.4 noms is very generous.

June 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

Comparing JLaw and Ronan is like comparing Julia Roberts and Laura Linney.They both were fantastic that year,they both deserved to win an Oscar,but they have totally different styles.It's not fair to JLaw to ask her precision when she gives us so much largerthanlifeness.

June 11,2018 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Nashville was everything to me the year it came out,I went to see it and then took friends the very next night to see it with them.Every character is a piece of the jig saw puzzle and seeing it come together always fills me with awe.Every time.

June 11,2018 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

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