The 90th Academy Awards are still a cool month away, but the nominees had a dress rehearsal of sorts Monday afternoon in Los Angeles as the institution's annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon.
In what's so far been a refreshingly unpredictable race for Oscar's Best Picture trophy, a pair of clear-cut favorites appear to be emerging out of the fog.
On April 4, 1974, while David Niven was introducing Elizabeth Taylor to present the Best Picture gong, a man suddenly streaked across the stage, flashing a peace sign… and a whole lot more. The crowd was in stitches and an Oscar legend was born, but the story behind the quip is a lot more mysterious and, sadly, tragic. The streaker was 33-year-old Robert Opel, a well-known figure in the gay activism scene throughout the seventies, as well as a prominent artist.
Several times during the concluding episode of Peter Jackson’s Rings trilogy, crew members can be spotted through the melee of Orcs – if you’re a keen freeze-framer, anyway. Firstly, as Sauron’s army marches upon the Black Gate, immediately after Pippin draws his sword, you can spot two of Peter Jackson’s crew in the background.