The second thing to keep in mind is that despite surviving the sinking of ship in freezing cold water, Kate Winslet on that chunk of ice looks not terribly worse than when stripping down for a Leonard DiCaprio whose makeup makes him look all of twelve years old. The most important thing to keep in mind is that when Kate Winslet’s character is portrayed as an old woman…she is actually played by an old woman! Combine all those elements together and the result is a boggled mind.
The post-war boom meant opulence was no longer a dirty word and the more provocative and attention-getting the style, the better. Silk and satin came back with a vengeance, but this time without the slim design made necessary before. Long gowns were complemented with real furs and if the fashion of the 1950s made one thing clear it was that the flat look of the flappers was dead and buried. Décolletage was everywhere, even among those stars whose body was much suited to those 1920s gowns.
Those who have watched the Oscars the last 20 years grew accustomed to watching comedians run the show. The history of Oscar telecasts prove that this was definitely not always the case.
Some actors gain a career after winning the Oscar. Other actors seem to never be heard from again following a win.
Considering the huge impact that perfect casting or astoundingly bad miscasting can have on the success of movie, the fact that stunt work becomes a central component of an increasing percentage of films with each passing years and that the title sequence is in many cases the most memorable part of a movie, the Governors seem to be hellbent on keeping the Academy Awards’ reputation as stubbornly keeping behind the times intact.
The Oscar telecast can become quite tedious and unbelievably dull at some points, not unlike a bad B-movie. Anyone who has ever watched the TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 can tell you that no matter how awful the movie, it can be made entertaining by giving license to people to comment, or riff, on what is taking place on the screen.
The shortest film to win an Oscar for Best Picture was Marty (essentially Rocky without the boxing scenes), while the shortest film ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture was She Done Him Wrong, starring Mae West’s breasts.