Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: On the Peace Train
Re: Oscar Fever: Countdown to 82nd Oscars
Actually according to the real Michael Oher (now on the Baltimore Ravens) The Blind Side took a little err, "poetic license" in making it look like he first started playing football when Leigh Anne Tuohy rescued him from being homeless. He said to an NFL commentator this past season that he started during the 8th grade.
Anyhow, I've always found it a travesty that Citizen Kane didn't get best pic for 1941, but the Hearst fortune (as it was clearly based on the real life Murdoch of his day, William Randolph Hearst) may well have bought off some voters. (It only won Best Screenplay, Orson Welles also didn't win Best Actor)
And its a shame that The Wizard Of Oz came out in 1939, and was thus totally outshone by Gone With The Wind for Best Picture. (Though no actors or actresses in The Wizard were nominated anyhow, and only the theme song won) And GWTW nominee for Best Supporting Actress Olivia de Havilland is still around @ age 93. She lost to another actress from the film, Hattie McDaniel, the first black nominee for an Oscar and the first black winner.