Week of February 27 – Oscar 2011 Trivia

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Colin Firth was reportedly the third choice for ‘The King’s Speech’ lead.  Hugh Grant was the first.

Christian Bale reportedly lost how 30 pounds to play Dicky Ecklund in ‘The Fighter’\

John Wayne won an Oscar for the original ‘True Grit.’  Jeff Bridges is nominated as Best Actor for the new version of True Grit.

At age 14, Hailee Steinfeld is the ninth-youngest Best Supporting Actress nominee of all time. Tatum O’Neal was the youngest at age 10 for her role in Paper Moon (1974).

Three-time nominee Amy Adams made her film debut in Drop Dead Gorgeous.

“Toy Story 3,” which is up for five Academy Awards is only the third animated feature film to receive an Oscar nomination for best picture. “Beauty and the Beast,” nominated in 1991, was the first, and “Up,” nominated last year, was the second.

Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”), Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) and Jeremy Renner (“The Town”) are nominated in acting categories at the Oscars for the second year in a row, while previous acting winners Bridges, Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”) Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”) and Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”) are up for another trophy.

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