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AUJA – Tony’s Tony and Oscar’s Oscar

March 10, 2014

Uncle John knows pretty much everything—and for what he doesn’t know, he has a massive research library. So go ahead: in the comments below, ask Uncle John anything. (And if we answer your question sometime, we’ll send you a free book!)

Has anyone named Oscar ever won an Oscar?

Oscar HammersteinOnly one person named Oscar has ever won an Academy Award, nicknamed “Oscar” by an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences librarian who remarked that the bald statuette resembled her Uncle Oscar. And that recipient is songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II. He won two Best Original Song awards, one for “The Last Time I Saw Paris” from Lady Be Good in 1941, and one for “It Might as Well Be Spring” from State Fair in 1945.

Oscar winning an Oscar made us realize that many major awards have familiar, affectionate names: Tony, Grammy, and Emmy for example. This made us wonder how often these other awards have been handed out to someone with whom they shared a name? As it turns out, not very often.

  • The Tony Awards are technically called the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, named for Perry, a Broadway director and American Theatre Wing co-founder. Nobody named Antoinette has ever won a Tony, but three men named Tony are Tony Winners. Tony Duquette won for designing the costumes for Camelot in 1961; Tony Walton won three times for scenic design, for Pippin (1973), The House of Blues Leaves (1986), and Guys and Dolls (1992). Playwright Tony Kushner won the Best Play Tony two years straight, for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (1993) and Angels in America: Perestroika (1994).
  • The only person named Juno (or Juneau) to win a Juno Award – the Canadian music industry’s top award, and that country’s version of a Grammy – is Pierre Juneau. And it kind of doesn’t count. Junueau was head of the Canadian Broadcasting System, and in 1971 he won the Canadian Music Industry Man of the Year prize at the Juno Awards…a ceremony named after Juneau.
  • No one named Emmy has ever taken home an Emmy. However, in 2010, the Chrysler commercial that predicts the rebirth of the Detroit auto industry won the Emmy Award for Best Commercial. The ad starred Detroit-born rapper…Eminem.
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Wanda McAlary
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Wanda McAlary

What are some famous names that do not have a middle name or only a letter?, ie: I believe Johnny Cash did not have a middle name, and what did Harry S Truman’s, initial stand for, it anything?

Liam Lacy
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Liam Lacy

I’ve always heard that Harry Truman’s middle name was S. One particular story I’ve heard states that both his grandfathers had names starting with S, and his parents wanted to acknowledge both

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