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The Sexiest Oscar Alive
by Summer Wood

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It started with Mel.

It started with Mel.
Happy Oscar Night, a week late! May your favorites have won! (Since I'm posting this before the Awards, the outcome is a mystery yet.) Last Sunday's awards brought a first, of a sort, in the Best Actor Category: Three of the five nominees are past People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive winners! Had you noticed? We have Denzel Washington (up for FLIGHT, SMA in 1996), Hugh Jackman (up for LES MISERABLES, SMA in 2008) and Bradley Cooper, up for SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, SMA in 2011.) In addition, there's Daniel Day-Lewis, who went through a heartthrob phrase at the time of THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Joaquin Phoenix could be heartthrobby as well; however, a guy who did a stint as an unwashed, hip-hop version of Grizzly Adams likely is not prone to catering to fan girls. In honor of this auspicious occasion, let us engage in a quiz dedicated to former Himbos, dreamboats and sex symbols who managed to get an Academy Award or a nomination. Here goes!

1.People Magazine put out its first Sexiest Man Alive Issue in 1985. In that same year, Harrison Ford (SMA 1998) received his only Academy Award nomination. For which film was he nominated?
a.Raiders of the Lost Ark
b.Mosquito Coast
d.What Lies Beneath

2.Denzel Washington, with two Oscars to his Credit (Supporting Actor in 1989 for GLORY and Actor in 2001 for TRAINING DAY) is the most honored SMA, but one of his early credits was in an iconic commercial campaign. What did he play?
a.The Energizer Bunny
b.The Fruit of the Loom Grapes
c.A California Raisin
d.Joe Camel

3.How many
Oscar winner and SMA - Denzel!

Oscar winner and SMA - Denzel!
Sexiest Men Alive won Academy Awards in a non-acting category?

4.Sean Connery (SMA 1989) was not only the first Scottish SMA, but the first Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actor for THE UNTOUCHABLES in 1987) and the first James Bond Actor to be named SMA. Only one other actor who played James Bond has been named a SMA. Who?
a.Pierce Brosnan
b.Timothy Dalton
c.Roger Moore
d.Daniel Craig

5.Johnny Depp has been SMA twice, in 2003 and 2009. He has also been nominated for three Best Actor Academy Awards. What three professions were represented by his nominated roles?
a.A pirate, a writer and a barber
b.A pirate, a chocolate maker and a vampire
c.An accountant, a hatter and a barber
d.Two writers and an Irish gypsy

6.George Clooney won his Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for SYRIANA in 2005 and was nominated for Best Actor three times, for MICHAEL CLAYTON, UP IN THE AIR, and THE DESCENDENTS. He was SMA in 1997 and 2006. He is distantly related to which famous American?
a.George Washington
b.Aaron Burr
c.Sitting Bull
d.Abraham Lincoln

7.Brad Pitt (SMA 1995 and 2000) has been nominated for Best Actor twice for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON and MONEYBALL. His family life with Angelina Jolie is well documented in the media. Which of the following is true for the Jolie-Pitt family?
a.A wax figure of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was the first infant featured in Madame Tussaud's.
b.Namibia honored the family with a postage stamp in 2010.
c.Mattel will offer a series of multi-ethnic baby dolls named for the Jolie-Pitt
Oscar winner and SMA - Sir Sean!

Oscar winner and SMA - Sir Sean!
children for Christmas 2013.
d.The Disney Channel is planning a revival of The Power Rangers featuring Maddox, Zahara, Pax and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt with Jaden Smith.

8.Bradley Cooper (SMA 2011) in the mid-2000's starred in a very short lived TV series based on what unlikely source?
a.NPR's This American Life
b.A real drive-through marriage chapel operating in Las Vegas.
c.Anthony Bourdain's memoir "Kitchen Confidential."
d.A student film short made by George Lucas

9.Hugh Jackman (SMA 2008) is well known as musical theatre performer as well as a movie actor and won a Tony Award for The Boy from Oz, a musical about the life of performer Peter Allen. What role has he not performed on stage?
a.Gaston in Beauty and the Beast
b.Curly in Oklahoma
c.Jean Valjean in Les Miserables
d.Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard

10.This movie series is probably most honored in terms of both Oscars and SMA, with a total of five sexiest men alive nods for its cast members and numerous Oscars and Oscar nominations. What series is it?
a.James Bond series
b.Indiana Jones series
c.Bourne series
d.Ocean's Trilogy.

OK, marked your ballots? Ready for the Answers?

1.C. WITNESS told the story of John Book, a Philadelphia detective, who goes into hiding with the family of a boy who witnessed a murder in an Amish community.

2.B. Denzel was the Purple Grapes at one time.

3.B. The three were Mel Gibson (SMA 1985), as Best Director for BRAVEHEART, Ben Affleck (SMA 2002) and Matt Damon (SMA 2007), who shared the Best Original Screenplay Award for
OScar winner and 2 time SMA - George!

OScar winner and 2 time SMA - George!

4.A. Pierce Brosnan was SMA in 2001.

5.A. He was nominated for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN as Captain Jack Sparrow, FINDING NEVERLAND, as J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, and SWEENEY TODD, in the title role as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. However, all the clues were parts played by Depp in WILLIE WONKA, DARK SHADOWS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, DEAD MAN, and CHOCOLAT. He's played several writers, including the Hunter S. Thompson character in FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS.

6.D. They are related through Lincoln's maternal grandmother Lucy Hanks. They are half-first cousins, five times removed (whatever that means.)

7.A. Shiloh as an infant was in Madame Tussaud's, which is awfully creepy. I made up the rest, although the line of dolls would not surprise me.

8.C. Kitchen Confidential was turned into a show about a chef trying to rebuild his life by running a NYC bistro. Cooper played Jack Bourdain.

9.C. Jackman played Gaston and Joe Gillis in Australia and Curly in the Trevor Nunn version of Oklahoma in London. He has not played Jean Valjean on stage, although there is talk of a Broadway revival for 2014 and a rumor that Jackman may join for a limited run.

10.D. The Oceans Trilogy has Clooney (2 SMAs), Pitt (2 SMAs) and Damon (1 SMA). In addition to Clooney's Best Supporting Oscar, Damon's Best Screenplay, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Al Pacino all played in one or more of the films and all are Oscar winners. Don't even try to count the nominations for the cast!

So Happy Belated Oscars to all!

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Mar 7, 2013 5:08 AM
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So, are you, perhaps, going to follow this column up with a companion column on SWA (Sexiest Women Alive)??

How much stock do you personally take in the people who People Magazine considers to be the sexiest ones alive?

Mar 15, 2013 7:15 PM
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Sexiest women is probably a bit easier, since so many female sex symbols "uglied" up to win an Oscar - Charlize Theron (MONSTER), Halle Berry (MONSTER"S BALL), Nicole Kidman (THE HOURS), the list goies on - whereas with the guys, there was a myth for a while (probably starting in the 1970's when men who would have been character actors in earlier decades, were becoming the leading men) that the Academy refused to pay attention to and trivialize heartthrobs.

As for People, I think they got it right maybe five times and, sadly, one of my rights was Mel Gibson. Of course, I was younger then and his Turette's Syndrome less pronounced.

That said, always looking for column ideas, so SWA is a definite possibility!
Mar 16, 2013 5:58 AM
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Hi Meg - Thanks for your reply.

So, when it comes to Mel Gibson, here I was thinking that his weird body jerks were all just part of his character portrayals, but now you inform me that it was really Turette's Syndrome.

Hmm.... Well, whadda ya know!

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I'm still cautiously optimistic that there really is a pattern to our lives and am striving to find mine, although I secretly suspect that life is really just about a Big, Space Baby. Which would be disappointing. And confusing. But, hey, you gotta have a sense of humor about it all, right? Philosophical stuff aside, I am an attorney, an artist and a performer and, if I could figure out a way to make the last two pay the bills, I'd dump the first one tomorrow.

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