10 Things You Didn’t Know About Last Night’s Oscar Winners


Jeff Bridges

What’s an award show without silly trivia the morning after? Here are some obscure tidbits about last night’s Oscar winners. And remember, everyone nominated is a winner.

  • Having finally snagged an Oscar after forty years in the industry, Jeff Bridges can now focus on getting a Grammy. The Crazy Heart crooner actually released a reggae-flavored album, Be Here Soon, in 2000. Click here to enjoy “Movin'”—“soon I’ll be touching you…touching the dream!”
  • The majority of Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz‘s film career has been over in Germany, but fans hungry to see him sans subtitles can rent the 2000 straight-to-DVD flop, Ordinary Decent Criminal, an Irish crime drama starring Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell. Waltz plays Dutch art dealer Peter: judging from this clip, we’re not surprised Oscar didn’t notice.
  • Sandra Bullock may have never been near an Oscar before, but she gave her first televised acceptance speech in 1995, when she won Best Female Performance, Most Desirable Female and Best On-Screen Duo with Keanu Reeves for Speed at the MTV Movie Awards. Those guys are always ahead of the curve!

See seven more, including clips of Jeremy Renner‘s stoner comedy debut and Kathryn Bigelow as a sexy cowgirl, after the jump.

  • Best Director Kathryn Bigelow once starred in a film by ex-husband James Cameron—or rather, a music video. Cameron’s clip for “Reach!” by long-forgotten new wave duo Martini Ranch features the Hurt Locker director as a sexy cowgirl. Other stars in the clip include Judge Reinhold (credited with “whistling” on the track), Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, and Adrian Pasdar. What do all these people have in common? They’ve all made movies with a member of Martini Ranch—actor Bill Paxton.
  • Oscar-winning “Weary Kind” songwriter Ryan Bingham wasn’t the only Ryan Bingham nominated last night. George Clooney played a character of the same name in Up In The Air.
  • While Mo’Nique has every right to be proud of winning Best Supporting Actress, she’s hardly the first African-American woman to win the award since Hattie McDaniel in 1939. Whoopi Goldberg won for Ghost in 1990 and Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls in 2006. Queen Latifah, Ruby Dee, Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson have also been nominated over the last decade.
  • Heath Ledger obviously couldn’t present Mo’Nique with her trophy, but we think there might have been a more logical replacement than Robin Williams. Not only does Jack Nicholson have a Best Supporting Actor award for Terms Of Endearment, he also has played The Joker. Then again, maybe it was Robin’s shared experience a stand-up that made him the right man to acknowledge the BET talk show host.
  • The Hurt Locker‘s Jeremy Renner didn’t win Best Actor, a rare loss for the film. He probably had no complaints, considering his previous obscurity, but couldn’t they do better than Colin Farrell reminiscing about SWAT for his intro? While Renner also appeared with Brad Pitt in The Assassination Of Jesse James, Charlize Theron in North Country, maybe he should just be glad no one from his first movie, National Lampoon’s Senior Trip, showed up to recall the good old days.
  • PreciousLee Daniels isn’t the first African-American to be nominated for Best Director—that would be John Singleton for Boyz-N-The-Hood—but he did beat Spike Lee to the honor. Lee has been nominated for Best Documentary (4 Little Girls) and Best Original Screenplay (Do The Right Thing), but has yet to be acknowledged in the field he’s most famous for.
  • Daniels’ previous directorial effort, the critically maligned 2005 thriller Shadowboxer, starred Mo’Nique as a woman named…Precious. How’s that for a coincidence?

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