USC And The Oscars

The Oscars are tonight, so here are some USC winners/connections to the award.

Former USC quarterback Cotton Warburton won an Oscar in 1965 for film editing for “Mary Poppins.” Warburton was also nominated in 1954 for “Crazylegs.” He was an All-American in 1933 and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.

Cotton Warburton (center) with Oscars co-hosts Richard Chamberlain and Vince Edwards
Cotton Warburton edited this famous scene in Mary Poppins

Aaron Rosenberg was also an All-American in 1933 and nominated for an Oscar for best producer in 1962 for “Mutiny on the Bounty.”

Aaron Rosenberg (producer), James Stewart, Anthony Mann (director) and William H. Daniels (cinematographer) on the set of “The Far Country”

Ward Bond was a starting offensive lineman on the 1928 USC national championship team. He was in 13 films nominated for best picture, including three winners: “It Happened One Night” (1934); “You Can’t Take It With You (1938) and “Gone with the Wind” (1939).

Ward Bond in “The Searchers” (1956)

John Wayne won th Best Actor Oscar in 1970 for “True Grit.” He didn’t actually letter in football at USC but was on the team for 2 years.

Wayne once got out of a college fight by putting ketchup in his mouth and letting it leak out.

“The guys let him go because they thought he was bleeding. He would have got away with it, if he hadn’t started to laugh,” a high school friend recalled.

John Wayne at the USC baseball celebrity game in 1977

Bond and Wayne were best friends since being together at USC. On a hunting trip, he was accidentally shot by Wayne. Bond left Wayne the shotgun in his will.

At Bond’s funeral, the legendary director John Ford walked up to actor Andy Devine and said, “Now YOU’RE the biggest a—— I know.”.

Devine used to attend USC swim meets because his son, Dennis, was a member of the swim team. Devine’s other son, Tad, did not go to USC but married a student who worked as secretary for the USC athletic dept.

58 thoughts on “USC And The Oscars

      1. It’s easy today to dismiss Wayne as an actor— but he gave us Stagecoach, Red River, The Searchers, The Quiet Man and Rio Bravo.
        Every one of them first rate.
        Andy Devine had a real dumb show on television when I was a kid –featuring Andy conjuring up, in a cloud of smoke, a weird-ass puppet named Froggy –who would insult Devine for the length of the show.
        [I can’t close without noting Vince Edwards (Ben Casey) was a much better doctor than Richard Chamberlain (Dr. Kildare)—his show wasn’t on as long but he cured way more dying patients—sometimes two or three an hour].

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      2. The common person empathized with John Wayne. My mother’s favorite actor was John Wayne. Like what is so important in sales, JW had a genuine likability.

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      3. When Wayne played the Sheriff you 100% believed he WAS the Sheriff….
        (kinda like when Flynn played Captain Blood or Robin Hood)……
        #…NobodyBelievedKevinCostnerWasRobinHood…
        #..[OrBradPittWasAchilles]…

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      4. Ha! I wish they gave out Raspberry Awards to Head Coaches. Helton would have 10 more trophies to add to the ONE he got from Home Depot as Coach of the Year….

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  1. Total respect for Bond.
    It’s not easy to be remembered this way, that takes effort.

    Ward Bond – Biography – IMDb
    An arrogant man of little tact, … Bond was …hated by all who knew him.

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  2. Brando’s misbehavior in the making of 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty is infamous. He didn’t get the good roles for another 10 years after that.

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    1. Watch Brando go off script with Jack Nicolson in Missouri Breaks. It’s hilarious. Nicholson didn’t know where he was….
      Nicolson: “The first time I heard the word Regulator was when I watched a guy shoot down a woman carrying a pail of water from 200 yards away.”
      Brando: “… I don’t remember the pail of water…”
      Nicolson: “Um…well, that was the first time I heard the word Regulator.”
      Brando: “The first time?”
      Nicolson: “Um…yes.”
      #FromThatTimeOn,NicolsonPulledTheSameStuntOnEverybodyElse

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      1. I’ll have to watch Missouri Breaks again. I’ve heard Nicholson criticize Brando for using note cards (vs memorizing his lines) in that movie.

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      2. The young Jack Nicolson had every single scene stolen from him by Brando…..
        The best Brando ad lib? There’s a scene where he’s supposed to be arguing with an effete, intellectual actor he couldn’t stand in real life and he says, “I’ve dealt with many mental giants such as yourself….and there’s one thing that fascinates me…’ The guy goes “what?’ And Brando sez “Why they can’t hang on to their womenfolk.”

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  3. I wonder how all of these macho dudes who were known for Westerns feel about today’s Western front runner for Best Picture and the homosexual subtext that is part of the film.

    #ThePowerOfTheDog

    #NotJudging,JustPointingOut

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    1. Wanna know? Check out Sam Elliot’s response. It’ll give you a pretty good clue as to how most of the other old timers (now departed) would respond…

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    1. Numerically equal distribution of benefits and burdens! Yes! That’s what Fareed Zakaria sez on CNN all the time…
      #I’mPrettySureThe”Benefit”CategoryIncludesAcademyAwards!
      #[ThatMeansHeltonGetsOne]….

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  4. also Hollywood SC alums got Jon Arnett and some team mates into trouble for supposedly hiring them in the summer time and paying them for work done when supposedly they did not work,or something like that and I think it was stanford complained to PCC and athletes seasons were cut in half in 1956 and had recruiting limitations imposed for a couple years.

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      1. or blame hollywood ALUMS IF TRUE …like ncaa PCC only cared about accusation…not long after no more PCC BUT a new AAWU then a new PAC8

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      2. No love huh Gaurino?

        Cal doesn’t pull crap like that. We are pure as the driven snow. Just ask Issac Curtis or Herm Edwards.

        We’re too busy splitting the atom.

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      3. Typical. Every time somebody accuses Cal of keeping Jon Arnett outta games some Cal guy starts talking about splitting the fricking atom…
        Hey, 75 —what did ya think of Will Smith smacking Chris Rock and then crying for the rest of the night?
        #BetHeLostAFortuneOverThatInfantileMoment…

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  5. Used to watch the Oscars, but haven’t in about 10 years. I hear Zelensky is going to zoom in. I support Ukraine, but no thanks. Give me Jack Nicholson “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” or Julie Christie “Darling”❤️

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    1. If Institutional Hollywood [as represented by the thoroughly corrupt Disney Company] is simplemindedly glorifying Zelensky’s arms requests [while ignoring every peace proposal offered by European leaders]….it’s time to start re-examining what’s really going on. It’s beginning to look a bit like the globalists are using up the Ukrainian people’s children and treasure to force regime change in Russia. It’s highly possible this war isn’t being fought for the purpose of achieving Ukrainian independence anymore.
      #AndAsThisWarGetsHotterGuessWhoWillEndUpPayingForIt….
      #…InLivesAndTreasure?
      #..ThatWouldBeUs

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  6. Richard Chamberlain and Julie Christie were in “Petulia” with George C. Scott. George was a great actor, but it was said that Julie Christie was scared to death of him. Warren Beatty ruined JC’s career with his political activism and his influence over her.

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    1. Nobody ruined Christie but Christie, Charles. She insisted on addressing complex political issues that were over her empty head. The last time she was up for Best Actress she told one of the guys on the Red Carpet “If I win I’ll have a lot to say about Iraq.” When she lost I was thinking, “Fuckadoodle, we dodged a bullet on that one.”

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      1. I think it Beatty’s influence that aroused JC’s activism. Good time, swingin’ London gal felt like she should be more like Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Jane Fonda et al.

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  7. Biden tells Putin he’ll use chemical weapons if Putin does. Will Smith hits Chris Rock in the mouth on live TV. The D.C. and Hollywood Freak Show continues…
    #AndTheWorldLaughs

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  8. SMITH ROCKED HIM !!!!! The sound was bleeped out for the tv audience but Smith said something like —— don’t use that fukking talk when you talk about my wife. Rock called her GI JANE TWO. The wife has a hair loss disease. At first I thought it was fake but no it was a real punch tho Smith can throw harder. He played Ali. As we all know.

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    1. George — Will can punch…but…his Ali was the most awkward performance by an actor trying to look like a fighter I’ve ever seen [and that includes Sylvester Stallone]….

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      1. btw, Will Smith can apologize all next month on every morning show in America but he’ll never completely regain his audience — hitting Chris Rock was a career killer…..

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  9. I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT. CHRIS IS SUCH A LITTLE GUY. AND. IT WAS A SUCKER PUNCH TOO. BY THE WAY ARE WE THE ONLY ONES STILL UP. ?? PS. LAKERS UP BY 23 AND LOSE BY 8 IN NEW ORLEANS. I PLAYED BETTER DEFENSE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

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    1. AND. THAT TROJAN1984 WHO POSTED ABOUT TIME. A COUPLE NIGHTS AGO AND YOU SAID OK I WILL BITE. WELL IM PRETTY SURE THAT WAS ROBIN JUST HORSING AROUND. SOMETIMES SHE JUST GOES A LITTLE NUTS I THINK. OF COURSE IM JUST GUESSING YOU UNDERSTAND

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  10. MG DID YOU EVER SEE PAUL NEWMAN PLAYING ROCKY GRAZIANO IN. SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME. THE WIFE OF ROCKY IN THE MOVIE WAS PIER ANGRLI. HER REAL NAME WAS ENRICA PIERANGELI. I DID HER TAX RETURNS. I ALSO DID NATALIE WOODS. SHE WAS A REALLY SWEET GIRL WHO HAD A TRAGIC LIFE. RAPED AT FIFTEEN ETC

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    1. Newman could throw a punch. Brando could throw a punch. Rod Taylor could really throw a punch. Denzel can throw a punch. Will Smith not so much.
      Yeah, what a tragic end for Natalie. Cool that you knew her. Photographer Bob Willoughby said she was really a sweet person too.

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  11. Ps. AND POOR NATALIE. WAS DEATHLY AFRAID OF WATER HER WHOLE LIFE TOUGHED OUT SOME MOVIE SCENES. AND THEN TO DIE THE WAY SHE DID. FUKKKING UNBELIEVABLE. OK. I HAVE A DEAD BATTERY NOW. IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE BRO. TAKE CARE. HAVE A MAI TAI. MAKE IT A DOUBLE PAL

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    1. Of all the bad endings. She was so cute in Miracle on 34th Street —hate to think of her ending up so tragically.
      #btw, HopeYou’reAsleep&Won’tSeeThisUntilTomorrow

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      1. HOPE FLOATS. SANDRA BULLOCK. OR THAT CUTE ACTRESS HOPE LANGE WHO I ADMIRED FROM A DISTANCE. OR BOB HOPE THANX FOR THE MEMORIES BY THE WAY IT IS 11: 56 SO YOUR HOPE ALMOST CAME TRUE. I JUST CHECKED TO SEE IF I HAD ANY HAWAII CALLS. WAY BEFORE YOUR TIME BUT THAT WAS THE NAME OF A RADIO PROGRAM IN THE FORTIES. SONGS LIKE. HONOLULU BABY WHERE ‘D YOU GET THOSE EYES. AND YOUR DARK COMPLEXION. THAT I IDOLIZE AND MILLIONS MORE BUT I’LL SHUT THE FUKK UP.

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