Best Picture Montage - April 1, 2014

The American Treasure Tour blog has recently dedicated two of our entries to framed mirror art located in our Toy Box, one dedicated to Humphrey Bogart, a second dedicated to Clark Gable. There is a third hanging next to those two, and that one crams in images of as many Academy Award Best Picture winners as artistically possible.

We realize the picture of this piece we are including in the blog is just too small to do it justice - which means you really have to visit the tour to actually see it.  It is pretty cool.  Okay, fine.  It's really cool. There are too many movies included to get into detail, but here is a condensed list:  Gigi. On the Waterfront, Gone With the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Midnight Cowboy, The Deer Hunter, The Sting, Casablanca, Oliver!, Ben-Hur, The Life of Emil Zola, West-Side Story, Cavalcade. They're all here - at least the movies that won Best Picture through the 1970s.  If you know anything about winners of the Oscar, you can guess some of the other posters included here.  They all started with the William Wellman silent 1927 film Wings, the first movie to be awarded Best Picture and continue to this day.  12 Years a Slave is the most recent film to receive this highest honor among films and filmmakers, which most certainly is NOT included on this piece of mirror art.


Which of the following films did not win the Best Picture Academy Award?

a)  Kramer Vs. Kramer

b)  Saving Private Ryan

c)  Hurt Locker

d)  Cimarron

e)  Braveheart

Answer Below


April 1st is a very special day - not just because it's April Fool's Day, and not just because it's a great day for a wedding - because it is the anniversary of the day that William Wrigley Jr. opened his famous baking powder company in Chicago, Illinois, way back in 1891.  As a promotion, Wrigley included a package of chewing gum in every can of baking powder he sold. His customers liked the gum more than the baking powder, so he ultimately stopped its production and stuck with the gum.  Wrigley's company continues strong today, with its iconic skyscraper in downtown Chicago, the famous Wrigley Field, and recent acquisition of Altoids and Life Savers.  An empire built on chewing gum....

Another anniversary for today, more important to national defense than gum, recognizes sixty years since the establishment of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The youngest of the five military service academies, President Eisenhower made into law a facility "to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United State Air Force in service to our nation."  Thank you President Eisenhower and thank you to all the brave men and women who have ever graduated from the United States Air Force Academy!


Speaking of Colorado Springs, Colorado, our first birthday honoree first entered the world in that beautiful city, back in 1893.  The heroically-named Leonidas "Lon" Chaney grew up in a quiet world - both his parents were deaf.  He learned the art of pantomime as he strove to communicate with them. He entered the theater at a young age, and remained there until a scandal compelled him into film.  He earned the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Faces" because of his adept ability to transform into often-terrifying characters through skill and make-up.  Chaney starred in dozens of films, playing the iconic Phantom of the Opera and Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  He appeared in dozens of movies between 1912 and his untimely death at the age of 47 in 1930.  His son, Lon Chaney, Jr., carried on the family trade until his own passing in 1973. 

We are happy to celebrate Jane Powell's birthday with her today.  This April Fool's baby is turning 85 today. The perky redhead has a legacy of many movie musicals to her credit, including 1951's Royal Wedding, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers three years later, and 1955's Hit the Deck.  She has also spent quite a bit of time on stage, in television, and doing voice work, including 1975's Tubby the Tuba.  She currently lives with her fifth husband and former Little Rascal, Dickie Moore.  Happy birthday, Jane!


Remember my dear, you are an actress.  You don't have to live the part, just act it.  The point is not for you to cry but to make your audience cry.  You have to be in control of yourself... - Lon Chaney Sr.


Answer:  b)  Saving Private Ryan.  It lost to Shakespeare In Love in 1998