Robert Richardson, Hugo
Best art direction
Best costume design
Best make up
Best foreign language film
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best sound editing
Best documentary feature
Best animated film
Best visual effects
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Man or Muppet, The Muppets
Best original screenplay
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Best live action short
Best documentary short
Best animated short
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michael Clarke Duncan, the tall and massively built actor with the shaved head and deep voice who received an Academy Award nomination for his moving portrayal of a gentle death row inmate in the 1999 prison drama “The Green Mile,” died today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He had suffered a heart attack in July and did not recover.
Duncan began his Hollywood employment history as a celebrity bodyguard in the mid-1990s. He received his first big acting break playing a member of the drilling team sent into space to blow up an asteroid heading to Earth in the big-budget 1998 movie “Armageddon,” starring Bruce Willis.
But it was “The Green Mile,” starring Tom Hanks as a death row prison guard in a Louisiana penitentiary during the Depression, that thrust the 6-foot-5, 300-plus-pound Duncan into the limelight. He portrayed John Coffey, a gentle giant with supernatural powers who has been sentenced to death for the murder of two young white girls.
Duncan credited acting coach Larry Moss with teaching him “how to dig within myself” for the heavily emotional crying scenes in the movie.
“I’m an emotional person, a very emotional person,” Duncan told the Chicago Tribune in 2000. “All those tears you see in the movie were mine.”
In 2002, two years after the Academy Awards ceremony, Duncan told the Orange County Register:
“Realistically, I didn’t think I would win the Oscar, but the nomination was a personal validation for me. It proved to me that I was a good actor. More important, it showed other people that I was a serious actor.”
Duncan later appeared in films such as “The Whole Nine Yards” (2000), “Planet of the Apes” (2001), “The Scorpion King” (2002) and “The Island” (2005). He also did voice work in films and television, including “Brother Bear” (2003) and “Kung Fu Panda” (2008).
(source:the LA Times)
- R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan (m.deadline.com)
- Michael Clarke Duncan, Star of ‘The Green Mile,’ Dead at 54 (celebuzz.com)
- Actor Michael Clarke Duncan dies (local10.com)
- ‘Green Mile’ Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Dead At Age 54 (newstalkcleveland.com)
- ‘Green Mile’ actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54 (myfox8.com)
- ‘Green Mile’ actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54 (savannahnow.com)
He was probably best known as the lyricist to the songs of Bert Bacharach. Harold Lane “Hal” David grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He received an Academy Award for the lyrics to “Raindrops Keep Falling on Your Head” from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
David died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to complications from a stroke.
Years ago Burt Bacharach and I wrote a song that we thought we liked. After looking it over we decided that our original instinct was wrong. We put it away in our desk drawer and kept it hidden there for ten months-a flop, we thought.
This was particularly disappointing to me. I had thought of the idea at least two years before showing it to Burt. The chorus section beginning with, ‘What the world needs now” came quickly. However, after I finished with, “No, not just for some but for everyone,” I was stuck. I kept thinking of lines like, “Lord, we don’t need planes that fly higher or faster…” and they all seemed wrong. Why, I didn’t know. But the idea stayed with me.
Then, one day, I thought of, “Lord, we don’t need another mountain,” and all at once I knew how the lyric should be written. Things like planes and trains and cars are man-made, and things like mountains and rivers and valleys are created by someone or something we call God. There was now a oneness of idea and language instead of a conflict. It had taken me two years to put my finger on it.
When the idea came the lyric flowed with ease. As soon as Burt saw the lyric, the music seemed to flow as naturally.
“What’s New Pussycat,” “Alfie,” and “The Look of Love” received Oscar nominations. Amongst Hal David’s million-sellers are such standards as “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Walk on By,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me,” “One Less Bell To Answer,” and “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before.” Earlier this year, David and Bacharach received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress, during a White House musical tribute (which David could not attend due to a previous stroke.)
- Top songs by Hal David and Burt Bacharach (cnsnews.com)
- Hal David, legendary lyricist for Burt Bacharach, dies at 91 (nj.com)
- Legendary songwriter Hal David dies at 91 (cbsnews.com)
- Legendary songwriter Hal David who wrote ‘Do You Know the Way to San Jose?’ dies (mercurynews.com)
- R.I.P. Hal David (deadline.com)
- Burt Bacharach’s songwriting partner Hal David dies at 91 (thesun.co.uk)
- Hal David, Oscar- and Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Is Dead at 91 (nytimes.com)
The composer won every major award in his career, including three Academy Awards, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes. He composed more than 40 film scores, including “Sophie’s Choice,” `’Ordinary People” and “Take the Money and Run.” He won his third Oscar for his adaptation of Scott Joplin‘s music for “The Sting.” On Broadway, Hamlisch received the Pulitzer Prize for long-running favorite “The Chorus Line” and wrote “The Goodbye Girl” and “Sweet Smell of Success.”
Family spokesman Jason Lee said Hamlisch died Monday after a brief illness. Other details weren’t being released.
Hamlisch had been scheduled to fly to Nashville, Tennessee, this week to see a production of his hit musical “The Nutty Professor.”
- Happy Birthday, Marvin Hamlisch!!! (kidzrockinc.co)
- PSO gives tour of ‘force of nature’ Gershwin (triblive.com)
- Broadway-Bound THE NUTTY PROFESSOR Musical Opens at Nashville’s TPAC Tonight, 7/31 (broadwayworld.com)
Celeste Holm, the versatile actress who achieved fame on Broadway in the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s hit musical “Oklahoma!” in 1943 and five years later won an Oscar for best supporting actress, died today.
In a career of over 70 years, Holm did other Broadway shows such as “Bloomer Girl” and as the replacement for Gertrude Lawrence in “The King and I.” She made films like “Three Little Girls In Blue,” “The Snake Pit” and “All About Eve.”
Celeste Holm won an Academy Award for supporting actress in the 1947 film “Gentleman’s Agreement” and was nominated two other times. She also had frequent roles on television, including in the 1990s series ‘Promised Land.’
Holm died in her apartment on Central Park West in New York City.
- Celeste Holm – Actress Celeste Holm Dies At 95 (contactmusic.com)
- ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ Academy Award-winning actress Celeste Holm dies at 95, niece confirms – @CNN (cnn.com)
- Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm dies aged 95 (itv.com)
- Photos: ‘All About Eve’ Star Celeste Holm Dead at 95 (abcnews.go.com)
- Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm dies at 95 (cbsnews.com)
- Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm dies at 95 (miamiherald.com)
- Actress Celeste Holm dies at 95 (hollywood.com)
In case you are like me and went to bed last night instead of staying awake to see that The Artist (as I predicted) won Best Picture, here’s the complete list of Oscar winners:
A wonderful film for a Wednesday Night:
Have a great time… more fun than watching politicians.
For those of you who are my radio listeners I’ll be on WSHC (89.7 FM) tomorrow morning from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM substituting for John Case(on the web at http://www.897wshc.org).
Hugo was a salute to the early film industry in France (the fantastic films of Georges Melies) with chase and mystery in the Paris railroad station. I brought two of my grandsons to see it and I don’t know who liked it more, them or me. Martin Scorsese made a real winner here… and it was in 3D!
The Artist, which Elly and I saw last week, was a tribute to silent movies… black and white, some sound added for effect… and funny. One of the few movies I’ve seen lately that I would have watched again on the same day.
Both of these are worth winning the Oscar. I hope one of them comes through.
Goodbye to Jackie Cooper, one of the favorite actors of my childhood and early adult years. From the “Our Gang” comedies, through years of motion pictures, early television comedy and up through films like “Superman” where he was seen as Perry White, Cooper gaver us decades of talent.
Here’s Jackie in the 50s TV serial “The People’s Choice”:
Goodbye, Jackie Cooper… I remember you fondly.
- Jackie Cooper Passes Away (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Actor Jackie Cooper Dead at 88 (laist.com)
- Actor Jackie Cooper is dead at age 88 (cnn.com)
- Jackie Cooper, child star who endured, dies at 88 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- A Real Champ – Jackie Cooper (paradiseleased.wordpress.com)
- Jackie Cooper, Veteran TV and Movie Star, Dies at 88 (tvsquad.com)
- Former Child Star Jackie Cooper Dies at Age 88 (moviefone.com)
- Sidney Lumet, ’12 Angry Men’ Director, Dead at 86 (blippitt.com)
- Film director Sidney Lumet dies at 86 (today.msnbc.msn.com)
- Movie director Sidney Lumet dies at 86 (marketwatch.com)
- RIP: Sidney Lumet (thedailywh.at)
- Acclaimed filmmaker Sidney Lumet dies at 86 (inquisitr.com)
- Director Sidney Lumet dies at 86 (arts.nationalpost.com)
- Director Sidney Lumet dies at 86 (bbc.co.uk)
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor has died in Los Angeles of heart complications. Born in Hampstead, a wealthy district of North West London, the second child of Francis Lenn Taylor (1897–1968) and Sara Viola Warmbrodt (1895–1994), who were Americans residing in England.
Her parents were originally from Arkansas City, Kansas. Her father was an art dealer and her mother a former actress whose stage name was ‘Sara Sothern’. Sothern retired from the stage when she and Francis Taylor married in 1926 in New York City.
Taylor was famous for her films (many, such as National Velvet, Cleopatra, A Place In The Sun and others), for eight marriages (two to Richard Burton) and for her campaigning against HIV and AIDS.
She won her 2 Best Actress Academy Awards for Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
In her long career from child actress to Hollywood Icon, Taylor passed away at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in LA.
- Elizabeth Taylor remains hospitalized (ctv.ca)
- Dame Elizabeth Taylor: Survivor (jungleredmagazine.wordpress.com)
- Elizabeth Taylor still hospitalized in Los Angeles (pbpulse.com)
- Elizabeth Taylor Admitted to Cedars Sinai Medical Center for Congestive Heart Failure (brainz.org)
John Barry, well known film composer, died yesterday of a heart attack in Glen Cove, N.Y.
Barry, who wrote scores for more than 100 feature films, TV films, and TV series went on to win five Oscars (the scores for “Born Free,” “The Lion in Winter,” “Out of Africa,” and “Dances with Wolves”; and best song for “Born Free”), and he was noted for composing the James Bond films. He also won four Grammys. Maybe Barry’s most memorable non-Bond score was “Midnight Cowboy.” Other credits include “Body Heat,” “The Cotton Club,” and “Chaplin.” Musically, the man was nothing if not eclectic.
Here he is in England being interviewed by Jools Holland in 2001:
- John Barry, Legendary Film Composer, Dead at 77 (moviefone.com)
- Bond composer John Barry dies (telegraph.co.uk)
- Film: Newswire: R.I.P. John Barry, James Bond composer (avclub.com)
I’m sorry to bring the news that Pete Postlethwaite, the great British actor, has succumbed to Cancer at the much too early age of 64.
This from OK Magazine:
The Oscar-nominated thespian has starred in Alien 3, The Usual Suspects, Amistad, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, as well as countless movies dating back to 1975, was nominated for an Academy Award for The Name of The Father in 1993.Steven Spielberg, the director for Amistad and Jurassic Park called Pete “the best actor in the world.” To which point, Pete responded, “I’m sure what Spielberg actually said was, ‘The thing about Pete is that he thinks he’s actually the best actor in the world.’ ”
My favorite Postlethwaite film is Brassed Off where, as Danny the band leader, he saves the brass band affiliated with a closing coal mine in Wales. It is a funny, sad, and inspiring film. More recently he appeared in Ben Affleck’s film The Town.
- Pete Postlethwaite passes away at age 64 (hollywoodnews.com)
- Climate documentary “The Age of Stupid” — free online viewing (energybulletin.net)
- Review: Walking to Hollywood (thejc.com)