Saturday, February 23, 2013

Six Degrees of Sherlockian Separation

Sunday is the 85th Academy Awards® and it is the eighth year for this little exercise of Sherlockian inanity. The last seven years I wrote this for SherlockPeoria but that weekly Webpage ended in June of last year. Inow have this blog and will carry on the tradition here. I will be using this year’s nominations for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, and the Best Director. In six steps or less, I will tie these nominees to a Sherlock Holmes film.

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper/ Silver Linings Playbook
  1.  Bradley Cooper/ Wedding Crashers (2005) with Owen Wilson.
  2. Owen Wilson/ Shanghai Noon  (2000) with Lucy Liu
  3. Lucy Liu/ Elementary
 Daniel Day-Lewis/ Lincoln
  1. Daniel Day-Lewis/Gandhi (1985) with Ben Kingsley
  2. Ben Kingsley/Without A Clue (1988)
Hugh Jackman/ Les Miserables
  1. Hugh Jackman/ Van Helsing (2004) with Richard Roxburgh
  2. Richard Roxburgh/The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)
Joaquin Phoenix/ The Master
  1. Joaquin Phoenix/ Gladiator (2000) with Richard Harris
  2. Richard Harris/ King of the Wind (1990) with Ian Richardson
  3. Ian Richardson/ The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983)
Denzel Washington/ Flight
  1. Denzel Washington/ Much Ado About Nothing with Kenneth Branagh
  2. Kenneth Branagh/ Shackleton (2002) with John Grillo
  3. John Grillo/ Brazil (1985) with Jonathan Pryce
  4. Jonnathan Pryce/ Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars (2007)
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain/Zero Dark Thirty
  1. Jessica Chastain/ Coriolanus (2011) with Ralph Fiennes
  2. Ralph Fiennes/ The English Patient (1996) with Kevin Whatley
  3. Kevin Whatley/  Inspector Morse (1987) with John Thaw
  4. John Thaw/ The Sign of Four (1987)
Jennifer Lawrence/ Silver Linings Playbook
  1. Jennifer Lawrence/ The Hunger Games (2012) with Woody Harrelson
  2. Woody Harrelson/No Country for Old Men (2007) with Tommy Lee Jones
  3. Tommy Lee Jones/ Lonesome Dove (1989) with Robert Duvall
  4. Robert Duvall/ The Seven Per-Cent Solution (1976)
Emmanuelle Riva/ Amour
  1. Emmanuella Riva/ XXL (1997) with Gerard Depardieu
  2. Gerard Depardieu/ Hamlet  (1996) with Judi Dench
  3. Judi Dench/ A Study in Terror (1965)
Quvenzhane Wallis/ Beasts of the Southern Wild
  1. Quvenzhane Wallis/ Twelve Years a Slave (2013) with Benedict Cumberbatch
  2. Benedict Cumberbatch/ Sherlock  (2012)
Naomi Watts/ The Impossible
  1. Naomi Watts/ Le Divorce  (2003) with Glenn Close
  2. Glenn Close/ Hamlet (1990) with Ian Holms
  3. Ian Holmes/ Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) with James Fox
  4. James Fox/Sherock Holmes  (2009)
Best Director
Michael Haneke/ Amour
  1. Benny's Video (1992) with Angela Winkler
  2. Angela Winkler/ Peer Gynt (1971) with Bruno Ganz
  3. Bruno Ganz/ Unknown (2011) with Liam Neeson
  4. Liam Neeson/ Rob Roy (1995) with Ian Stewart
  5. Ian Stewart/ The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes  (2000)
Benh Zeitlin/  Beasts of the Southern Wild
  1. Benh Zeitlin/ The Egg (2005) with Max Goldblatt
  2. Max Goldblatt/ Bushwacked(1995) with Daniel Stern
  3. Daniel Stern/ Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) with Michael Caine
  4. Michael Caine/ Without a Clue (1988)
Ang Lee/ Life of Pi
  1. Ang Lee/Sense and Sensibility (1995) with Tom Wilkinson
  2. Tom Wilkinson/ Inspector Morse (1985) with John Thaw
  3. John Thaw/ The Sign of Four (1987)
David O. Russell/ Silver Linings Playbook
  1. David O. Russell/ The Fighter (2012)with Amy Adams
  2. Amy Adams/ Charlie Wilson's War (2007) with Julia Roberts
  3. Julia Roberts/ Mary Rielly (1996) with Wendy Knottingham
  4. Wendy Knottingham/ Inspector Lewis (2008) with Kevin Whatley
  5. Kevin Whatley/  Inspector Morse (1987) with John Thaw
  6. John Thaw/ The Sign of Four (1987)
Steven Spielberg/ Lincoln
  1. Steven Spielberg/ Saving Private Ryan (1998) with Jeremy Daveis
  2. Jeremy Davies/Solaris (2002) with Natascha McElhone
  3. Natascha McElhone/ Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987) with George Baker
  4. George Baker/ On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) with Diana Rigg
  5. Diana Rigg/ Hospital (1971) with George C. Scott
  6. George C. Scott/ They Might Be Giants (1971)

This wraps up another year of “Six-Degrees of Sherlockian Separation”  We will do it again for the 86th Annual Academy Awards®. I hope you have enjoyed the effort.

Happy Blogging (and movie watching) !!


  1. Actually, you can get there with Steven Spielberg a little quicker:

    1. Steven Spielberg/Amistad (1997) with Anthony Hopkins.
    2. Anthony Hopkins/Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) with Richard E. Grant.
    3. Richard E. Grant/The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)

  2. Very nice. I know there are multiple ways of getting to Holmes. Thanks.

  3. Wait a minute . . . Stephen Spielberg was executive producer of Young Sherlock Holmes! He links to himself!

  4. And didn't Spielberg direct War Horse with Benedict Cumberbatch? He is indeed key...although John Thaw may be the Sherlockian Kevin Bacon, judging from these.

    (Leah Guinn. Not "unknown.")