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    Awards Seasoning

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    Congratulations to the nominees and winners at Sunday’s Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) Golden Globe® Awards. Many names in the movie categories will come up again on Thursday when the nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards® are announced. The Oscars® are bestowed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and it was on January 11, 1927 that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio chief Louis B. Mayer hosted a banquet, to which he invited 35 potential charter members from various moviemaking disciplines to hear a presentation on forming a new professional organization that would be a resource for and a proponent of the filmmaking arts. In May 1929 they held the first ceremonial dinner for the presentation of “awards of merit.” Twilight Time proudly boasts many Oscar® winners in its hi-def Blu-ray library, from those movies that won a clutch of statuettes to a single honor. A Man for All Seasons and Oliver! each won six; The Song of Bernadette was graced with four; All the King’s Men and Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing garnered three; those who scored two honors each include As Good As It Gets, Born Free, Bound for Glory (arriving next week), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Judgment at Nuremberg, Nicholas and Alexandra, Philadelphia, Picnic, Places in the Heart and The Way We Were; and single honors were bestowed upon Born Yesterday, Breaking Away, Broken Lance, The Buddy Holly Story, Cover Girl, Leave Her to Heaven, Mississippi Burning, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Sense and Sensibility and Yentl. More Academy-honored films will join their ranks on TT’s March and April schedule. But since we’re fresh off the Globes®, tribute should be paid to the titles honored by the HFPA in areas bypassed by Oscar®, such as Yentl winning Best Motion Picture/Comedy or Musical and Barbra Streisand named Best Director, Sense and Sensibility chosen as Best Motion Picture/Drama, As Good As It Gets, Breaking Away and The Secret of Santa Vittoria judged Best Motion Picture/Comedy or Musical; Picnic’s Joshua Logan and Judgment at Nuremberg’s Stanley Kramer honored as Best Director; Richard Burton proclaimed Best Actor/Drama and Peter Firth Best Supporting Actor for Equus; Woody Allen claiming the Best Screenplay prize for The Purple Rose of Cairo; Michelle Pfeiffer receiving the Best Actress/Drama prize for The Fabulous Baker Boys; Jocelyne LaGarde anointed Best Supporting Actress and Elmer Bernstein honored for Best Score for Hawaii (arriving next week); Rod McKuen picking up the Best Song honor for Jean from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; and more. The quality and laurels are spread generously across TT’s movie collection for enthralling movie work well done.