Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bette Davis in Dangerous (1935)

Screen shot of Actress Bette Davis in in the film Dangerous (1935)
Bette Davis in Dangerous, originally uploaded by oscarnow2009.

In 1962 Bette Davis became the first actor to receive ten Academy Award nominations for acting. Since then only four people have equaled or surpassed her record -- Meryl Streep (sixteen nominations and two wins), Katharine Hepburn (twelve nominations and four wins), Jack Nicholson (twelve nominations and three wins) and Laurence Olivier (ten nominations and one win).

Davis won Best Actress Oscars for Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938), and received nominations for Dark Victory (1939), The Letter (1940), The Little Foxes (1941), Now, Voyager (1942), Mr. Skeffington (1944), All About Eve (1950), The Star (1952), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

Though Davis's performance in Of Human Bondage (1934) was highly acclaimed she was not nominated for an Academy Award. As influential people started a campaign to have her nominated, the Academy relaxed rules for that year to allow nomination through a write-in vote. So, some sources consider this as a nomination for Davis, but the Academy does not officially record it as a nomination. Otherwise her tally would have become 11 nominations.

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