THIS YEAR’S OSCAR WINNERS inspire you…

Kathryn Bigelow

Her Oscar winning film The Hurt Locker is the lowest-grossing best picture winner in Oscar history.

“If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. It’s irrelevant who or what directed a movie, the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don’t. There should be more women directing; I think there’s just not the awareness that it’s really possible. It is.”

 

James Cameron

Nicknamed Iron Jim, he jokingly refers to Titanic as his 190 Million Dollar “Chick Flick”.

On how he came up with the idea of The Terminator (1984):

“I would see these images of a metallic death figure rising Phoenix-like out of fire, I woke up and grabbed a pencil and paper and started writing. When I originally got the idea for Terminator, I was sick, I was broke, I was in Rome, I had no way to get home and I could barely speak the language. I was surrounded by people I could not get help from. I felt very alienated and so it was very easy for me to imagine a machine with a gun. At the point of the greatest alienation in my life, it was easy to create the character.”

 

Sandra Bullock

At age 10, she attended the town’s Washington-Lee High School. She immediately had a hard time. Coming from Europe, she was different. “I was still in green velvet bell-bottoms” she explained later “when everyone else was wearing straight legs. I always had these stupid barrettes holding my hair back. I was just a couple of beats off”. Of course, she was teased, and teased some more for her ugliness! Indeed, so badly hurt was she by the abuse that she vowed to never treat anyone that way. She kept it, too, her reputation for down-to-Earth decency being unparalleled in Hollywood.

“Did I really earn this or did I just wear you down?” Bullock, 45, exclaimed as she took the stage to accept her Oscar, before saluting each of her four contenders.

 

Jeff Bridges

He turned down the lead role of Indiana Jones, one of the most famous movie characters of all time, in Raiders of the Lost Ark. He says he does not regret it.

“Basically, one of the hardest things about being an actor is getting your first break. I’m a product of nepotism. The doors were open to me. I’d done several movies before I decided what I wanted to do. There was a certain amount of guilt and worry about whether I really had what it takes. I thought I’d spare my girls that.”

Mo’nique

Never shying away from her status as a full-figured woman, Mo’nique has used her notoriety and her famously sarcastic wit in order to advocate for voluptuous women everywhere.

Her funny and empowering book Skinny Women are Evil became a best seller in 2003, and she soon afterward began working with the Oxygen network on a beauty pageant for full-figured women called F.A.T. Chance-an acronym for Fabulous and Thick.

 

The Oscars, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss, Louis B Mayer. It was an attempt to improve Hollywood and the motion picture’s image.

The 1st award ceremony was held May 16, 1929 at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood. There was no taping or telecast of the ceremony. Only 250 people were in attendance. The ceremony was to honor achievements for the years of 1927 and 1928. It was hosted by Douglas Fairbanks.

The origin of the name “Oscar” is a bit contested! Bette Davis claims in a biography that it was named  after her first husband. Also claiming credit is the Academy secretary, Margaret Herrick, who first saw the award in 1931. She stated that the statuette reminded her of her Uncle Oscar. The official name of the Oscar statuette is the Academy Award of Merit.


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