Sunday Morning on Film – Making a Good Impression
Despite the fact that I am suffering from a post-awards season affliction that is less hangover and more burnout, I do have an awards-related trivia question (for which your correct answer will win you nothing but my respect; hopefully that’s worth something).
What do the following names have in common?
- Wladyslaw Szpilman
- Virginia Woolf
- Aileen Wuornos
- Ray Charles
- June Carter Cash
- Truman Capote
- Queen Elizabeth II
- Idi Amin
- Edith Piaf
- Harvey Milk
- Leigh Anne Tuohy
- King George IV
- Margaret Thatcher
If you guessed the Dream Cast of “Celebrity Big Brother,” put yourself down for ten points in the Funny column. Sadly, that doesn’t score you any points in the Correct column. The answer is that they are all real people who have been portrayed by actors and actresses in movies; actors and actresses who have won Oscars for those portrayals. In fact, beginning with Adrien Brody as Szpilman in 2002’s The Pianist, and ending with Meryl Streep as Thatcher in 2011‘s The Iron Lady, at least one actor portraying a real person has won a Best Lead Actor and/or Actress Oscar for the last ten consecutive years.
And I think every last one of them should not have even been nominated, let alone have won. The craft is called acting; it is not called impersonating. The award is Best Actor, not Best Impressionist.
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