February 20, 2009
by Phil Hall

1. A tie: “The Turning Point” (1977) and “The Color Purple” (1985) each had 11 nominations but did not win any Oscars.

2. Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell has been nominated 20 times but never won the Oscar.

3. Ethel Waters was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in “Pinky” (1949).

4. Puerto Rico-born Jose Ferrer won the Best Actor Oscar for “Cyrano de Bergerac” (1950).

5. Japan-born Miyoshi Umeki won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Sayonara” (1958).

6. Trick question: no American Indian performer has ever won the Oscar (to date).

7. Jocelyne LaGarde received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for “Hawaii” (1966), which was her only film appearance.

8. Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for “Going My Way” (1944) – he won the latter award.

9. Beatrice Straight won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Network” (1976) – her performance clocked in at five minutes and 40 seconds.

10. Anthony Hopkins was only on screen for 16 minutes in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), but he won the Best Actor Oscar.

11. Haing S. Ngor, who won the Best Support Actor Oscar for “The Killing Fields” (1984), was gunned down outside of his Los Angeles home in 1996 during a botched robbery.

12. Hal Mohr won the Best Cinematography Oscar as a write-in candidate for “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” (1935).

13. Only one: “A Day at the Races” (1937) received a nomination for Best Dance Direction. (Yeah, I know – you don’t really think of choreography in Marx Brothers movies.)

14. Two: “You Can’t Take it With You” (1938) and “Driving Miss Daisy” (1988).

15. Six: “Genocide” (1981), “Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie” (1988), “Anne Frank Remembered” (1995), “The Long Way Home” (1997), “The Last Days” (1998) and “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” (2000),

16. Two: “Let it Be” (1970) for Best Song Score and “An Incovenient Truth” (2006) for Best Song.

17. “Friendly Persuasion” (1956) was released without screenplay credit because it was adapted as a film by blacklisted screenwriter Michael Wilson. The film received a nomination for the screenplay adaptation, but no name was cited as part of the nomination.

18. The song "Pig Foot Pete" received a 1942 Oscar nomination for “Hellzapoppin'” even though it was not part of the score. The song was used in the 1941 Abbott and Costello film “Keep 'Em Flying.”

19. “Mona Lisa” from “Captain Carey U.S.A.” (1950). Prior to this, all of the Best Song winners came from musicals.

20. The United States of America. (However, films made in Puerto Rico are eligible for the category).

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