Acting legend Kirk Douglas wishes his fellow actors would take pleasure
from being nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD - and not be so fixated on who wins
Douglas, 87, received OSCAR nods in 1949 for CHAMPION, 1952 for THE BAD
AND THE BEAUTIFUL and 1956 for LUST FOR LIFE - but was edged out every single
He says, "The first place gets an Oscar. The four others are declared
losers. Why? To be voted one of five in any category should make you a
After the 1956 Academy Awards, his family sent him an Oscar replica with
the inscription, "To our Daddy, you rate an Oscar with us always."
Douglas, who was given a lifetime achievement Oscar in 1996, adds, "So, I
say to all the nominees in every category: Whatever happens, you are all
winners. Keep that in mind as you sit in the audience with a weak smile,
applauding someone else
who has won your Oscar."