Saturday, February 21, 2009

Oscar countdown: Day 1

Are you excited? Are you stoked? Can you not wait another hour until the Oscars are handed out?

If so, welcome to my world.

The poster for today's numbered countdown is a great movie -- certainly one of the best of the 1970s, and the winner of the 1975 Best Picture Oscar.

Not only that, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" swept all five of the "major" awards -- Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and best screenplay (in this case, the Adapted Screenplay category).

My favorite movie trivia question I like to spring on people is this: Only three movies have swept the big five in Oscar history. "Cuckoo" is one of them. Can you name the other two?

If you think you know the answer -- without resorting to Google or some other way of looking it up -- please post your answer in the comments section. The first person to answer it correctly will receive a shout-out during my live-blogging of the Oscars Sunday night.

See you on the red carpet.


  1. The other two were It Happened One Night and The Silence of the Lambs. I always called this the "Oscar Sweep." That phrase needs to catch on.

  2. Excellent, Austin, you are the ween-ahr!