Kristen Meinzer, Associate Producer
Kristen Meinzer is an associate producer for The Takeaway and co-host of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast.
I'm thinking about the Oscars and looking at Justin Bieber, and his new film “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.” No doubt, you’ve heard of the film, and, even if you’re not suffering from Bieber Fever, you’ve heard of the young teen heart throb (or, in the very least, heard of his bangs).
Now, you might be wondering? what does Justin Bieber have to do with the Oscars? He’s never been nominated. He’s only ever appeared in one movie (his new documentary, out today), and that movie is not up for any Oscars at this time (though, who knows, it might be when the 2011 nominees are announced…the Beliebers can dream).
But regardless of whether his film wins any awards down the road, it can be used to demonstrate what a small world Hollywood truly is, and as we all know, getting along with others in that small world is what winning an Oscar is all about. Our demonstration will come in the form of something I call Six Degrees of Justin Bieber.
If you’ve ever played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, you know how the game works. You name any actor, and within six degrees (represented through shared movie titles), you can link that actor to Kevin Bacon. With Bacon, it’s a fairly easy game, partly because he’s starred in dozens of movies over the past several decades, and partly because so many of his movies are large ensemble pieces (like “JFK”).
With Justin Bieber, it’s obviously going to be harder. Again, a reminder: he’s only ever appeared in one movie. But I have faith we can do it (maybe in even less than six degrees). Here we go:
Connection: Jack Nicholson (Oscar winner for “As Good As It Gets,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”)
Connection: Katharine Hepburn (Oscar winner for “On Golden Pond,” “The Lion in Winter,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and “Morning Glory”)
Connection: Denzel Washington (Oscar winner for “Training Day” and “Glory”)
Connection: Meryl Streep (Oscar winner for “Sophie’s Choice” and “Kramer vs. Kramer”)
Take that, Kevin Bacon.