Go Big Oscar

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: 86th Academy Awards

Host: Ellen DeGeneres

When: 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2

Web: oscar.go.com

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Can you feel the Payne? It's coming. Omaha-rooted director Alexander Payne's Nebraska is up for an impressive six Oscars at this year's Academy Awards ceremony, which airs SUNDAY (March 2).

Payne's latest film is nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Actress (June Squibb), Best Director (Payne), Best Cinematography (Phedon Papamichael), and Best Original Screenplay (Bob Nelson).

What about the other Oscar hopefuls? Here's a few nuggets to chew on:

  • The Wolf of Wall Street, also up for Best Picture, set a new record as the most profanity-laced film of all time. According to Variety, a total of 506 F-bombs were dropped in the movie.
  • If Frozen composer Bobby Lopez wins an Oscar for "Let It Go" he'll be the 12th person ever to achieve the prestigious EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony), as well as the youngest person ever to win all four awards.
  • American Hustle is the 15th film to receive nods in every acting category.
  • Ellen DeGeneres, this year's host, was the first gay person to host the Oscars. This is her second time hosting (2007 was the other). She's got a ways to go to beat Bob Hope, who hosted the Oscars a record 18 times.
  • The first (and only?) person to streak across stage at the Oscars was Robert Opel, who ran out nude and flashing a peace sign during the 1974 ceremony. Actor David Niven, speaking on stage at the moment, famously quipped: "Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen... But isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?" If you're like me and didn't see it when it originally aired, you can re-live the moment by clicking on the link at right.

    For Fun: Watch kids reenacting scenes from this year's Best Picture nominees. Click on the link to see it.


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