A Women’s History inspired Throwback Thursday photo — Servicemen pose with their hostesses at the Canteen and Social Centre in Jamaica. This canteen was one of many operated during World War I by the National League of Women’s Services, a civilian volunteer organization.
The Palace of Sciences, Arts and Letters at the Exposition Universelle in 1900, Paris
The Academy Award for Best Directing is an award given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at their annual award ceremony— the Academy Awards or the Oscars. Nominees are chosen by the directing part of the Academy, where as the winners are chosen by all Academy members.
86 Best Director awards have been presented to 65 different directors in the award’s history. The award was given for a “Dramatic Direction” and “Comedic Direction” at the first Academy Awards ceremony. The comedic option was dropped the following year.
At the first award ceremony, actors were nominated for all of their films in the previous year. The directing award, however, would be won for a single film by a nominated director. In the second year, the Academy to decide to include a director’s complete work of the past year, like the other awards. Many complaining of this confusing system, the Academy decided to go back to nominating a director for a single film, as well as the other awards.
Due to the rules set by the Directors Guild of America, only one person can claim screen credit as the film’s director, as a measure to prevent rights and ownership issues. The rule, however, does have a loop-hole. The DGA can make an exception to this rule if the two co-directors wanting to share director credit declare themselves an “established duo”. These duos have only been nominated four times in the history of the Academy Awards for Best Director, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins (winning for West Side Story); Warren Beatty and Buck Henry (nominated for Heaven Can’t Wait); Joel and Ethan Cohen (winning for No Country for Old Men and were nominated for True Grit).
The Best Director and Best Film categories have been closely linked in past award shows. 85 films have won for Best Picture, with 62 of the directors of those films winning for Best Director. Only two directors won Best Director without their film winning for Best Picture: Lewis Milestone for Two Arabian Knights and Frank Lloyd for The Divine Lady.
Four women have been nominated for Best Director: Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties, Jane Campion for The Piano, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. Bigelow won for The Hurt Locker, making her the only woman to ever win the Best Director award.
John Ford has won the Best Director award four times, the winningest director in Academy Award history. He was nominated five times overall. William Wyler has the most nominations with 12 and has won three times. Robert Altman, Alfred Hitchcock, Clarence Brown and King Vidor have the most nominations for Best Director without ever winning the award with five.
SNL - this is an incredible piece of musical history. In it we see Frank Zappa as a young man demonstrating and describing his early thoughts on sound as music. We get a glimpse into the mind of who is now considered a genius in the field of music.
It’s great to see how Steve Allen and the rest of Hollywood’s elite had no idea who they were dealing with. Wonderful clip!