With the awards season in full swing and culminating with the Oscars on February 25, JB Hi-Fi has curated a range of Award Winning Classics to celebrate. We’ve handpicked a selection of worthy recipients for your consideration, accompanied by some interesting trivia.
Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia masterpiece received three Oscars – Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando) and Screenplay Adaptation. Brando famously boycotted the 1973 ceremony in protest over the disrespect to Native Americans that was prevalent in the film industry. Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather accepted the Oscar on his behalf.
Michael Curtiz’s classic romantic drama was awarded Oscars for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay in 1944. In accepting the statue for Best Picture, Warner brother Jack L. beat producer Hal B. Wallis to the stage, which was the catalyst for a falling out between the two. Wallis, a key figure in the success of Warner Bros., hastily departed the studio thereafter.
Christopher Nolan’s harrowing account of the evacuation of 400,000 Allied soldiers received Oscars for Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. There are those in the STACKoffice who believe it also deserved Best Picture and Director. Nolan did receive the latter from the AACTA International Awards, which recognise film excellence regardless of geography.
James Cameron’s gung-ho sequel to the Ridley Scott classic was nominated for seven Oscars, winning awards for Visual Effects and Sound Effects Editing. One of those nominations represented a first for the Academy – Sigourney Weaver’s Best Actress nod was the first time an actress had been recognised for a role in an action/sci-fi film.
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking sci-fi epic received the Oscar for Visual Effects in 1969. The win was not without controversy, with Kubrick the sole recipient of the award (the only Oscar he ever won) despite the achievements of the visual effects technicians, who duly protested. Consequently, the Academy updated its rules for eligibility in the category.
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
David Lean’s sweeping biopic of T.E. Lawrence was nominated for 10 Oscars and won seven – Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound, Editing and Score. It missed out on a nomination for Costume Design due to an oversight in submitting designer Phyllis Dalton’s name for consideration. It could be argued that nominee Peter O’Toole was robbed of the Best Actor award.
Damien Chazelle drummed up a storm with his terrific directorial debut, which received Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons), Editing and Sound Mixing – and the equivalent in BAFTAs. Simmons also received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award for his ferocious performance as a tyrannical music instructor.
Many would argue that Guillermo del Toro deserved a Best Director Oscar for his 2006 masterpiece, or at the very least a nomination. The fact that it’s a foreign language film may have had something to do with it. The movie did receive gold statues for Cinematography, Art Direction and Makeup, and the BAFTAs got it right in awarding it Best Foreign Language Film.