Speaking of directors, during "31 Days of Never Nominated," there could be a day of directors who never got Oscar nominations for Best Director. Directors such as Dorothy Arzner (CRAIG'S WIFE and DANCE, GIRL, DANCE), James Whale, Fritz Lang, Preston Sturges, Mitchell Leisen (1937's EASY LIVING, 1939's MIDNIGHT, REMEMBER THE NIGHT starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, HOLD BACK THE DAWN and ARISE, MY LOVE), Barbra Streisand (Best Picture Oscar nominee, 1991's THE PRINCE OF TIDES), Penny Marshall (Best Picture Oscar nominee, 1990's AWAKENINGS) and Vittorio De Sica (THE BICYCLE THIEF, UMBERTO D., TWO WOMEN, THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS and YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW starring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren).
TCM host Ben Mankiewicz read my tweet -- and he liked my idea! That does not mean TCM will be using my idea and acknowledging me on the air. It just means... groovy Ben Mankiewicz liked my idea! So, we'll see what happens.
I started my TV career on local TV in 1980. In 1982 I did some pretty good entertainment interviews that were featured on national TV. I got a week of national exposure when PM MAGAZINE, a syndicated show, aired celebrity interviews I'd done in its countdown to the Oscars. I'd interviewed Meryl Streep about SOPHIE'S CHOICE, Jessica Lange about TOOTSIE and FRANCES, actor Ben Kingsley and director Richard Attenborough about GANDHI. They all won Oscars the following week. In the late 80s, I had my own prime time talk show on VH1. I've worked steadily on TV, locally and nationally, for over 30 years.
I have never been nominated for either a local or a national Emmy. When I hear actors say, "It's an honor just to be nominated," I take that seriously. I know exactly how they feel... because I would feel the very same way.