Today, celebrities are dressing up for Hollywood Prom Night. Tonight, the Oscars® will be handed out in Hollywood. This year, because of the new person in the White House, acceptance speeches may be politically charged. Also this year, history could be made because of the racial inclusion in several categories. This inclusion is cool water on a desert oasis after two hot consecutive years of "Oscars So White." The favorite to win Best Supporting Actress is Viola Davis for FENCES. She made Oscar history by just getting nominated again. Did CBS Sunday Morning producers and writers remember that?
There was a segment on the late Best Actress Oscar winner, Princess Grace Kelly. If I worked for CBS SUNDAY, I would've given Jane Pauley the information that Grace Kelly won in one of Hollywood's hottest and most legendary Best Actress Oscar competitions. The two front runners were Judy Garland for A STAR IS BORN and Grace Kelly for THE COUNTRY GIRL. Hollywood expected that Garland would win. That was also a groundbreaking year because Dorothy Dandridge was also up for Best Actress of 1954 thanks to her work in the musical drama, CARMEN JONES. Dorothy Dandridge was the first black woman to be nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award. Dandridge was terrific in that film. However, because of race, she didn't get another good Hollywood script offer for five years.
Yes. I could've added some good info to today's show if I worked for CBS SUNDAY MORNING. Full disclosure: For years after my VH1 and CBS Late Night years, I tried to work there -- but I never got a response.