HeadScratcher No. 29: All about Altman
Okay, so I guess you can consider this week’s question your own personal Oscar gift bag.
What do Oscar nominees Julie Christie, Sally Kellerman, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, and Lily Tomlin have in common? They were all nominated for Oscars for a role in a film directed by Robert Altman (pictured), who will receive an Honorary Academy Award on Sunday.
Christie received a nomination for McCabe & Mrs. Miller (she earlier won Best Actress for Darling); Kellerman for M*A*S*H; Mirren and Smith for Gosford Park (Smith earlier won Best Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Best Supporting Actress for California Suite); and Tomlin for Nashville.
A whole bunch of you (see the never-ending list after the jump…) knew that.
Come back Friday for the last of these Oscar-focused HeadScratchers. I continue my quest to find that “not too easy, not too difficult” question that knocks your socks off.
addCredit(“Robert Altman: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters”)
Interestingly, some of you knew that all five ladies had acted inan Altman-directed film, but didn’t make it clear that they wereactually nominated for said role. As I’ve said before, I ask forspecificity. Otherwise, the list of “women who have acted in an Altmanfilm” could also include Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Whoopi Goldberg,Julia Roberts, and — around this time next year — Meryl Streep andLindsay Lohan! See my point? But, as usual, I’m heartened by how many of you made the connection, so I’ll keep the scolding to a minimum.
First, the list of those of you who got the correct answer:
Kevin M. Brady
Connie L. Chilton
Frank J. Miles
Jamie D. Prenkert
Patrick A. Yearout
Second, those of you who knew the Altman connection, but didn’t realize that these women were nominated for acting in an Altman-directed film: