Monday, January 6, 2014

Cate x Scorcese / Woody = Oscar

Golden Cate in the January 2014 issue of Vogue

(Post was updated to reflect the results of 2013 Oscars)

Let's talk our favorite actor, Cate Blanchett as she accepts her first award of the film year for Blue Jasmine tonight at the New York Film Critics Circle dinner.

Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese are two iconoclast directors whose movies have been seen and acclaimed for decades. They are also known for getting their actors Oscars - nominations aplenty and a few wins. However never has an actor been nominated for work with both directors. That could change this year. Woody's latest has won rave reviews and much acclaim for its leading lady, Cate Blanchett. She of course won an Oscar in 2004 for Scorsese's The Aviator.

Since its release in July everyone has been talking Oscar and Cate. If indeed she is nominated and wins as everyone expects, she will be the only Oscar crossover between the two quintessentially New York auteurs. There have been few actors who worked with both and even got nominated, but never for both directors. Actors like Juliette Lewis (Husbands and Wives and Cape Fear), Sharon Stone (Stardust Memories and Casino), Leonardo DiCaprio (Celebrity and take your pick from the last decade of Scorsese).

Let's compare all the actors who received nominations for both directors but first a few observations:

- While Woody Allen is lauded for writing parts for women and Scorsese not so much, both got the most nominations for their actors in the best supporting actress category. 8 for Scorsese and 10 for Woody. Cate is the only winner in that category for Scorsese but Woody has 4 wins including 2 for Dianne Wiest. Allen has 3 nominations for Best Actress while Scorsese has 2.  Maybe Scorsese hasn't done so bad for his women.

- It makes sense that Scorsese would get 7 lead actor nominations as his movies are usually about men while Woody gets more in supporting as his movies are mostly ensembles.

- Overall Woody got 7 actors (Keaton, Wiest, Caine, Wiest, Sorvino, Cruz and Blanchett) an Oscar and Scorsese 5 (Burstyn, De Niro, Newman, Pesci and Blanchett).
Cate as Katharine Hepburn

Martin Scorsese

Academy Award for Best Actor:
  • 1976 Robert De Niro Taxi Driver
  • 1980 Robert De Niro Raging Bull (won)
  • 1986 Paul Newman The Color of Money (won)
  • 1991 Robert De Niro Cape Fear
  • 2002 Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York
  • 2004 Leonardo DiCaprio The Aviator
  • 2013 Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street
Academy Award for Best Actress:
  • 1974 Ellen Burstyn Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (won)
  • 1995 Sharon Stone Casino
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor:
  • 1980 Joe Pesci Raging Bull
  • 1990 Joe Pesci Goodfellas (won)
  • 2004 Alan Alda The Aviator
  • 2006 Mark Wahlberg The Departed
  • 2013 Jonah Hill The Wolf of Wall street
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress:
  • 1974 Diane Ladd Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
  • 1976 Jodie Foster Taxi Driver
  • 1980 Cathy Moriarty Raging Bull
  • 1986 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio The Color of Money
  • 1990 Lorraine Bracco Goodfellas
  • 1991 Juliette Lewis Cape Fear
  • 1993 Winona Ryder The Age of Innocence
  • 2004 Cate Blanchett The Aviator (won)
Cate in Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen

Academy Award for Best Actor:
  • 1977 Woody Allen Annie Hall
  • 1999 Sean Penn Sweet and Lowdown
Academy Award for Best Actress:
  • 1977 Diane Keaton Annie Hall (won)
  • 1978 Geraldine Page Interiors
  • 2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine (won)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor:
  • 1986 Michael Caine Hannah and Her Sisters (won)
  • 1989 Martin Landeau Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • 1994 Chazz Palmimenteri Bullets Over Broadway
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress:
  • 1978 Maureen Stapleton Interiors
  • 1979 Mariel Hemingway Manhattan
  • 1986 Dianne Wiest Hannah and Her Sisters (won)
  • 1991 Judy Davis Husbands and Wives
  • 1994 Dianne Wiest Bullets over Broadway (won)
  • 1994 Jennifer Tilly Bullets Over Broadway 
  • 1995 Mira Sorvino Mighty Aphrodite (won)
  • 1999 Samantha Morton Sweet and Lowdown
  • 2008 Penelope Cruz Vicky Cristina Barcelona (won)
  • 2013 Sally Hawkins Blue Jasmine

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