HeadScratcher No. 28: Bookends!
So what do Ben Affleck, Michael Douglas, Angelina Jolie, Paul Newman, and Susan Sarandon have in common?
Well, it’s true that some of them have parents or siblings who are also well-known actors, and it’s true that a lot of them have all costarred with their current squeezes, as many of you reported. But, well, that’s pretty common nowadays, and, thus, not the answer. Remember — this was an Oscar-themed question, so the answer that I had in mind is that they’ve all been famously romantically linked to another Oscar winner. (Will nominees Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams, pictured, join this exclusive club this year?)
Now, I’ll admit, as HeadScratchers go, this one wasn’t as… clean. Affleck and Paltrow are no longer together. Ditto for Jolie and Thornton. Sarandon and Robbins have never been married. And most of them didn’t win their Oscars when they were together. So while it still holds up, it’s not as precise an answer as I’d like. Which is all a longwinded way of saying: I’m running out of Oscar ideas, yo! Only two more weeks to go, so I think we’ll manage, but don’t be withholding any great ideas you might have. I love using reader suggestions!
(Click the jump to see who was on my wavelength this week…)
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Affleck, who won for co-writing Good Will Hunting, used to date Best Actress winner Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) — and not Matt Damon as one of you wiseguys snarked. Douglas, who won for producing One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (and Best Actor for Wall Street) is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones, who won Best Supporting Actress for Chicago. Best Supporting Actress winner Jolie (Girl, Interrupted)was included not for being half of Brangelina — Brad Pitt has beennominated for an Oscar, but has never won — but rather for hermarriage to Best Adapted Screenplay winner Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade). Paul Newman, a frequent nominee who finally won Best Actor for The Color of Money, is, of course, married to Joanne Woodward, who nabbed Best Actress for her first nomination: for The Three Faces of Eve. Susan Sarandon, who won Best Actress for Dead Man Walking, has another Oscar winner under her roof: her longtime partner Tim Robbins, who won for Mystic River.
As a result of the aforementioned lack of precision, this week’sinner circle of smartypants is but a quartet, made up of Will Dyson,Grant Landry, Simon Morley, and Harold Reynolds, which is quite anAnglo-sounding group, no? This week’s prize: fish and chips on me atTelephone, the East Village’s British pub. Look for the red telephoneboxes out front. Look for me in the back with Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson,Posh and Becks, and Prince Harry. Cheers, gentlemen!
(FYI: Favorite child Connie L. Chilton demonstrated what I call the”multiple-choice” approach this week — that is, giving me severalpossible answers and allowing me to pick from them. “It’s either [thatthey’ve all been king or queen of Mardi Gras] or they’re all reallycharitable or they all have/had/will have had an equally famous spousewho … has also won an Oscar,” she wrote. Well, close but no cigar, my dear. I’llgive you props for the working-it-out-on-paper effort, butin the future, pick one answer and stick with it, mmmmkay?)
Come back Friday for the next Oscar-themed question. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com with any brilliant HeadScratcher ideas.