Oscar Alumni Rolls

Oscar Alumni Rolls

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 8th 2018

The 90th annual bestowal of the Academy Awards® this past Sunday adds a new batch of winners to the rolls of formidable talents, and a hearty historic handful of them are reflected in the Twilight Time hi-def Blu-ray library.

Best Picture victor #90, The Shape of Water (2017), joins the company of earlier honoree #22, All the King’s Men (1949).

The Winston Churchill portrayed in bravura fashion by Best Actor Gary Oldman (2017’s Darkest Hour) shares cunning political instincts with the winning 1949 candidate, the corrupt Willie Stark of All the King’s Men played by Broderick Crawford, and a ferocious thirst for liquor that fueled the uproarious antics of the outlaw Kid Sheleen for which Cat Ballou’s (1965) Lee Marvin scored a bull’s-eye.

Frances McDormand, claiming her second Oscar® (following 1996’s Fargo) for the fiery Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) had already been and continues hobnobbing among such storied prior Best Actress trophy takers as Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia (1956), Susan Hayward in I Want to Live! (1958), Katharine Hepburn in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), Maggie Smith in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and Sally Field in Places in the Heart (1984).

McDormand’s comparably celebrated Three Billboards castmate, Best Supporting Actor Sam Rockwell, enters the category annals in the august company of previous winners Edmond O’ Brien (1954’s The Barefoot Contessa), Red Buttons (1957’s Sayonara), Walter Matthau (1966’s The Fortune Cookie) and Jason Robards (1977’s Julia).

Where Best Supporting Actresses are concerned, newly anointed Allison Janney (2017’s I, Tonya) joins the party of this category’s distinguished alumnae Mercedes McCambridge (All the King’s Men), Miyoshi Umeki (Sayonara) and Vanessa Redgrave (Julia).

One of the evening’s most applauded winners was Jordan Peele, who for the popular and acclaimed Get Out (2017) became the historic first African-American to take home the Best Original Screenplay prize. He’s now in the heady company of previous champions Philip Yordan (Best Motion Picture Story/1954’s Broken Lance), Paddy Chayefsky (1971’s The Hospital), Robert Benton (Places in the Heart) and the scribe who 50 years earlier won for the “meet-the-family” predecessor that shares creative zeitgeist DNA with Get Out: William Rose for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

Speaking of writing, 89-year-old James Ivory finally (after three Best Director nominations, including one for 1993’s The Remains of the Day) clinched an Oscar® for the Best Adapted Screenplay of Call Me by Your Name (2017). He follows in the footsteps of Julia’s Alvin Sargent and the tremendous talent he directed to a Best Actress Oscar® (1992’s Howards End): Emma Thompson, star and screenplay scribbler of Sense and Sensibility (1995).

Hats off to the Best Original Score for The Shape of Water by maestro (and repeat winner) Alexandre Desplat, whose work adds him to the honor roll graced by Ernest Gold for Exodus (1960) and John Barry for Born Free (1966).

Visionary image framer Roger Deakins finally captured Best Cinematography Oscar® gold for Blade Runner 2049, and category predecessor Haskell Wexler (1976’s Bound for Glory) presumably cheered him on from the Great Beyond.

All the above-noted Boldface Films are TT discs of distinction, available from either www.screenarchives.com or www.twilighttimemovies.com, or both sites.