Sunday, February 20, 2011

Today's Oscar Trivia #20

Nominated For Best Director, Not Best Picture While the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars are often closely tied, often at least one film is nominated in one category but not the other. What celebrated 1949 espionage thriller brought Carol Reed a nomination as Best Director while not scoring one as Best Picture?

From Stage To Screen Many times a performer has taken an acclaimed stage role and turned it into an Oscar nomination or win. For what 1964 film did Rex Harrison win a Best Actor Oscar to go along with his Tony for playing the same role on stage?


MovieNut14 said...

1) The Third Man

2) My Fair Lady

Kid stuff.

Erik Beck said...

Actually, since The Third Man wasn't eligible for the Oscars until 1950, I'll bet they mean The Fallen Idol, which did the same thing in 1949 for Reed.

Mythical Monkey said...

An ambiguously worded question for sure. The Fallen Idol was released in Britain in 1948 and in the U.S. in 1949, and received Oscar nominations for Directing and Writing as if it were a 1949 movie. The Third Man was released in the UK in 1949 and in the U.S. in 1950, and received Oscar nominations for Directing, Editing and Cinematography (winning for the latter) as if it were a 1950 movie.

Based on the fact that TCM showed The Third Man this afternoon, I suspect that they consider it the 1949 movie in question.