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Omar Sharif Jr. and Kirk Douglas Spar, Melissa Leo Makes Oscar History (of Sorts)

Omar Sharif Jr., Kirk Douglas and Melissa Leo: Best Supporting Actress Oscar presentation

Standing next to veteran Kirk Douglas at the 2011 Academy Awards is Omar Sharif Jr. – grandson of Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago star Omar Sharif and an Oscar ceremony supporting player, at one point humorously sparring with Douglas over a cane. Douglas then stole the spotlight at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, taking his time to name the eventual winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar: Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.

Then it was Melissa Leo's turn to steal the spotlight by making Academy Award history: she is the first person to (audibly) use the word “fuck” – in any form (past, present, future, noun, adjective, verb, etc.) – while onstage at an Oscar show. Well, at the very least Leo's is the first expletive to have gone on record.

Kirk Douglas Oscar nominations

Kirk Douglas never made a movie with Omar Sharif Jr.'s grandfather, but he did receive three Best Actor nominations:

  • As an ambitious boxer in Mark Robson's Champion (1949).
  • As a ruthless movie producer in Vincente Minnelli's The Bad and the Beautiful (1952).
  • As Vincent Van Gogh in Minnelli's Lust for Life (1956).

The winners were, respectively, Broderick Crawford for All the King's Men, Gary Cooper for High Noon, and Yul Brynner for The King and I.

March '12 update: About a year after this photo was taken, Omar Sharif Jr. became news fodder after publicly coming out as a gay (Canadian-born, internationally raised) Egyptian man whose mother happens to be Jewish.

Kirk Douglas, Melissa Leo, and Omar Sharif Jr. photo: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.

Yorgos Lanthimos Ariane Labed Aggeliki PapouliaYorgos Lanthimos, Ariane Labed (left) and Aggeliki Papoulia: Oscars' Red Carpet.

Ariane Labed, Yorgos Lanthimos and Aggeliki Papoulia: 'Dogtooth' contingent on Oscars' Red Carpet

Yorgos Lanthimos, whose Dogtooth (Greece) was shortlisted in the 2011 Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film category, arrives with his wife, Venice Film Festival Best Actress winner Ariane Labed (for Attenberg), and Dogtooth actress Aggeliki Papoulia at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Dogtooth lost to Susanne Bier's Danish drama In a Better World.

Though widely acclaimed, Dogtooth was considered an unlikely Oscar contender because of its “unusualness.” This year's other Best Foreign Language Film nominees were:

Ariane Labed, Aggeliki Papoulia, and Yorgos Lanthimos photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.

 

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.

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