Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Not Ready For Prime Time, But Ready for Oscar

Here's a bit of trivia -- in the entire history of Saturday Night Live, only two of its performers (both from the original cast, back in the 70s) have been nominated for an Academy Award. Now, it's true that many performers from SNL (most notably Eddie Murphy, have had more successfully careers), only Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray have had their work recognized by Oscar. Aykroyd was the first to be noticed, in 1989, when he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor in the Oscar-winning Best Picture, Driving Miss Daisy. It wasn't until 2003 that Oscar finally noticed the outstanding work of Bill Murray when Murray received a Best Actor nomination for his turn as an over-the-hill movie star who, while filming commercials in Japan, falls in love with the young wife of a musician, in the Oscar-winning film Lost in Translation.

Bill Murray should have won the Oscar for his role in Lost in Translation.
He may not have gotten his start on SNL, but Robert Downey Jr. did a stint on the show in the mid-1980s, and he won an Oscar for "Chaplin" a few years back.

And didn't Joe Piscopo get an honorary Oscar...
Robert Downey was not a not ready for prime time player that was only what the orignal cast was known as.
Headline notwithstanding, Mr. Montesano opens his eassay with "in the entire History of SNL." And no matter how much NBC would like to deny it, that would include the 1985-86 season.

I'm sure Robert Downey Jr. doesn't remember he was on the show either.
What is an honorary oscar?
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