All the movie business news this week seems to be kind of depressing: Derek Hough, of “Dancing with the Stars,” is going to star in some weird-sounding 3D Romeo-and-Juliet dance thriller (what?), and Will Smith’s kid is going to star in a remake of “Annie” ( what?) and nobody seems to know when “Mad Men” will be back (seriously, if I have to go more than a year without Don and Joan and Roger and Peggy and the gang, things are going to get ugly). So instead I’m visiting the official Academy website and checking out their Oscar-night countdown, which every day features an Oscars ceremony from the past, with some photos and trivia. 1981’s on tap today, with a youthful-looking Robert De Niro waving around his Oscar for “Raging Bull,” and an even-more-youthful-looking Timothy Hutton becoming the youngest supporting actor winner ever (a record that still stands; he was 20) for “Ordinary People,” the movie that also won best picture and best director (for Robert Redford). And Sissy Spacek won best actress for “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which has long been my favorite of her many wonderful performances. Here’s a clip from the movie, in which she plays country singer Loretta Lynn (and did her own singing!); I love the way she innocently asks “Sing to the babies?,” the sweetness of her voice, and the mixture of fast-talking bossiness and affection from Tommy Lee Jones as her husband.
Catching up with any Oscar-nominated movies this weekend? Let me know how you like them. See you Monday.