Oscar Nostalgia

As we count down to the Academy Awards tonight, let’s take a look back at some nostalgia.  Nostalgia is a way to savour some delicious moments, captured forever in still frame and video.

Cher is always one to watch at the Oscars.  Her outfits have entertained with shock and awe and amusement for decades.  You have to love that 1988 dress.

The 1988 Nominees For Best Actress As Presented By The Great Paul Newman, Best Actor in the Color Of Money In 1987


April 1, 1988 Press Room after her win for best actress in Moonstruck:


The 1970 Nominees For Best Actor As Presented By The Ever Lovely Barbara Streisand, Best Actress in Funny Girl In 1969


Some people said that John Wayne did not deserve that Oscar for True Grit, but the legendary screen actor and rugged American patriot was every ounce a winner that night.  It meant a lot to him as you can see from his acceptance speech.

Now, tonight, another long time actor from a famous acting family, Jeff Bridges, is nominated for the same role in a stirring remake of True Grit.  All the best to Mr. Bridges.

Frank Sinatra Presents an Honorary Oscar To Cary Grant 1970


The ever suave Cary Grant and the indefatigable Frank Sinatra joke around before Cary expresses his thanks.  Frank won the best Oscar for self supporting actor in From Here To Eternity in 1953.

The Streaker 1974


David Niven, the ever London Gentleman, maintained his cool when the Streaker, Robert Ope,ran across the stage. Mr. Niven won the Oscar for Best Actor in Separate Tables in 1959.

“ As British actor David Niven began to introduce presenter Elizabeth Taylor in 1974, Robert Opel, who ran a male-erotic-art studio, ran naked across the stage. “Probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings,” Mr. Niven quipped. Opel was murdered July 7, 1979, during a robbery of his studio.”


Jack Palace


In 1992 Jack won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in City Slickers.  He was full of vim and vigor as this video above shows.

“One of the most important reasons for living is to do something – live outside of yourself and put together an idea, an idea that you want to explore and then complete… Awaken your creative sensitivities!” Jack Palace

History of the Academy Awards


The Academy Awards For Best Original Song 1934-2010


Memorable Oscar Dresses


The Academy Awards Everything


CNN Academy Awards Nominees 2011


2011 Oscar Fashion Lessons


Savour your memories of your favorite moments. Enjoy the show, but record the Amazing Race for later.

G. D. Williams       © 2011