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George Clooney won't be the first Hollywood leading man to win for producing a film in which he doesn't appear. Michael Douglas's Oscar history is an unusual one. The 30 year-old actor wasn't much of a name in 1975, best known for TV work and the Disney film "Napoleon and Samantha," when he made his first foray into film production with an auspicious project: an adaptation of Ken Kesey's cult 1962 novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Douglas lucked into the project to some extent. The rights to the novel were handed to him by his famous dad Kirk, who, after headlining a stage adaptation, had pursued the project as a potential starring vehicle; with Jack Nicholson in the lead instead, the hit film became one of one three to win all 'Big Five' Oscar categories. Douglas continued to produce, but he was better known as a movie star 12 years later, when his era-defining turn as business shark Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street" won him Best Actor -- despite, unusually, no other mentions for the film. Stranger still, it remains his only acting nomination.
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) - Best Picture (with Saul Zaentz)
"Wall Street" (1987) - Best Actor