This Day in Pop Culture for March 7

2010: First Female Director Wins an Oscar

Up until this day in 2010, only three women had been nominated for a Best Director Oscar: Lina Wertmueller for 1975’s Seven Beauties, Jane Campion for 1993’s The Piano and Sofia Coppola for 2003’s Lost in Translation. However on this day, the fourth woman, Kathryn Bigelow, became the first female director to win an Academy Award. She won for the movie, The Hurt Locker during 82nd ceremony. Ironically, one of her competitors was James Cameron, who was up for Avatar and whom she was previously married to from 1989 to 1991! The movie also won for Best Picture, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Original Screenplay. (Image: Wikimedia)

2014: Mr. Peabody and Sherman Go to the Movies

Mr. Peabody and Sherman was a cartoon short that appeared in many episodes of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends during the early 1960’s. On this day in 2014, the pair appeared in their first feature film. Mr. Peabody and Sherman was the first DreamWorks film to feature classic cartoon characters from the Classic Media library. Directed by Rob Minkoff and executive produced by Tiffany Ward, who is the daughter of Jay Ward, the co-creator of the TV series. The movie featured the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann and Allison Janney. Despite generally positive reviews from critics, the movie ultimately left movie houses as a flop. The next year, a new TV series called The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show premiered on Netflix. (Image: DreamWorks)

Movies Released

  • 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
  • Bringing Down the House (2003)
  • Highlander (1986)
  • Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
  • Private Parts (1997)
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
  • Tears of the Sun (2003)

TV Series Debuts

  • Hard Sun (2018)
  • Life Sentence (2018)
  • Sailor Moon (1992)
  • The Real Housewives of Toronto (2017)
  • The Powers That Be (1992)
  • The Unit (2006)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1945: John Heard (actor)
  • 1956: Bryan Cranston (actor)
  • 1964: Wanda Sykes (comedian)
  • 1970: Rachel Weisz (actress)
  • 1974: Jenna Fischer (actress)
  • 1974: Jolie Jenkins (actress)
  • 1980: Laura Prepon (actress)
  • 1984: Brandon T. Jackson (actor)

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