First Black Academy Award Winner and Past Academy Award Winners

We are almost there, Oscar time! Every actor on the planet will be gathered around the TV, either at a party or in their living room, to see who gets to take home the hardware this year. It is a fun event with a long, storied history.

Since the time is here, you should get a few of your basic facts straight before you head of to you party. Just knowing a few little facts will really ‘wow’ them at the party:

*Bob Hope has hosted the show the most times, 19.
*Hattie McDaniel was the first black performer to win an Oscar for ‘Gone With The Wind’
*Oscar Hammerstein is the only ‘Oscar’ to win an Oscar.
*Jack Nicholson has been nominated 12 times, that’s the most.

Just think about heading into that party with knowledge like that! Here is my list of favorite past winners separated by decade:

1940’s
Picture: Rebecca, 1940
Actor: Laurence Olivier, Hamlet, 1948
Actress: Loretta Young, The Farmer’s Daughter, 1947

1950’s
Picture: An American In Paris, 1951
Actor: Humphrey Bogart, Hamlet, 1951
Actress: Grace Kelly, The Country Girl, 1954

1960’s
Picture: The Sound of Music, 1965
Actor: Gregory Peck, To Kill A Mocking Bird, 1962
Actress: Kathrine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter, 1968

1970’s
Picture: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975
Actor: Art Carney, Harry and Tonto, 1974
Actress: Liza Minnelli, Cabaret, 1972

1980’s
Picture: Chariots of Fire, 1981
Actor: William Hurt, Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1985
Actress: Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God, 1986

1990’s
Picture: The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
Actor: Nicholas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995
Actress: Frances MacDormad, 1996

2000’s
Picture: A Beautiful Mind, 2001 —
Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote, 2005 —
Actress: Halle Berry, 2001

Have fun Sunday!