Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Birthday Suits: Oscar-Snubbed

Today's birthday list doesn't make me feel celebratory so much as oscarighteously furious. Perhaps I should explain. It's only the four first birthday boys whipping me into a golden frenzy. Then things calm down.

Claude, Ann and Dick

Todays Birthdays 11/10
1889 Claude Rains, never won an Oscar. This despite being a great screen actor, whose filmography reads like a catalogue of Golden Age greatness. He's an actor who made indelible contributions to not 1, not 2 but 7 Best Picture nominees, a number that doesn't even reflect films like Notorious, Now Voyager, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Mrs. Skeffington or The Greatest Story Ever Told. He didn't even get an honorary statue!
1925 Richard Burton, never won an Oscar. This despite winning exactly as many nominations as Liz Taylor won husbands.
1928 Ennio Moriccone has never won an Oscar. This despite being a world reknowned composer, being worshipped by film fanatics and revolutionizing how people scored Westerns.
1932 Roy Scheider never won an Oscar. This despite giving one of the truly great performances of an entire decade (All That Jazz -- more on that great film) replete with them. And it was a biopic performance no less! All That... plus Jaws and The French Connection.

(whew) officially done bitching about Oscars... for now.

1944 Tim Rice, clever lyricist of movie songs you know and love (or loathe) from their ubiquity
1949 Ann Reinking, sometime actor, great dancer
1955 Roland Emmerich, world (and cinema) destroyer: Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC and 2012. Ugh
1960 Neil Gaiman, prolific brilliant author. Go, Coraline!!!
1977 Brittany Murphy acts "I hope not sporadically"
<--- 1977 Won Bin (or Bin Won if you prefer) actor, gorgeous creature, star of two recent Korean Oscar hopefuls: Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War and this year's buzzy Mother
1978 Eve, rapper, fledgling actress, Hurl Scout
1982 Heather Matarazzo, actress, Anne Hathaway foil, out lesbian, Dawn Wiener
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11 comments:

Billy Held An Oscar said...

Burton should have won for 'Virginia Woolf'.

Catherine said...

Aw, I find it very satisfying that Ann Reinking and Roy Scheider were born on the same day.

You better change the way you're livin'...

(lol at "I hope not sporadically!")

MrW said...

A few additions:
Martin Luther (*1483) may not be exactly a movie person, but he was portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in a biopic that also happened to be the final film for the great Peter Ustinov. And Friedrich Schiller (*1759) still has to wait for one of his plays to be turned into a really big film (and has the somewhat unsatisfying distinction to always be considered Germany's second greatest poet and playwright, always behind his contemporary Goethe), but his birthday being a round one (250) should be worth a mention.

Two more movie people:
Mabel Normand (*1895), comedienne, Chaplin co-star and biopic waiting to be made. (Wikipedia gives her birthday as November 9th, IMDb says it's November 10th)
Sylvain Chomet (*1963), director of 'Les triplettes de Belleville', which - Pixar and Miyazaki triumphs notwithstanding - probably still has the best shot to be my choice as the best animated film of this decade.

NATHANIEL R said...

MrW maybe you should write these posts. The things you find! :)

MrW said...

Why should anyone want to write these posts when it's so much easier to let someone more eloquent do the job and only come in afterwards to throw two or three additional names in the ring...

Anonymous said...

Joseph Fiennes portrayed Martin Luther

Chris Na Taraja said...

Wow, I'd like to win Won Bin!

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

So much to comment on!

Claude Rainns without an Oscar. God, I won't even go there. And why didn't he even get an honorary statue? Weird.

Richard Burton. Shameless. Same as with Peter O'Toole. They're like two sides of the same coin for me.

And I don't loathe Tim Rice as much as I do Webber [who am warming up to]. But isn't it weird that Sondheim and Webber have the same birthdays?

NATHANIEL R said...

andrew -- it's beyond weird. it's so weird that i can't ever forget that they do. and i'd like to.

chris -- right?

catherine -- "you better change the way you're living" sent me spiralling into happy ALL THAT JAZZ memories so thanks.

notanotherblog said...

Shocking revelations.

a) The slow guy from Mother had THAT inside his clothes. Changes the way I remember the movie lol.
b) I thought everyone from Virginia Woolf won an Oscar, except for the guy playing Sandy Dennis' husband.

NATHANIEL R said...

notanother -- no Richard Burton was denied again. It was the 5th of his seven nods.

just the ladies won Oscars (Liz & sandy dennis)... well, and costumes, art director and cinematography for Haskell Wexler.