Actress Ellen Barkin attends the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.] Best Actor Oscar nominee James Earl Jones (for The Great White Hope, 1970) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree; make-up artist Dick Smith (The Cardinal, Poltergeist III), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. Oprah Winfrey was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Among Ellen Barkin’s movies are Paul Newman’s Harry & Son, Jim Jarmusch’s Down by Law, Blake Edwards’ Switch, Mike Newell’s Into the West, and Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Among Barkin’s recent film appearances are those in Shit Year, The Chameleon, Operation: Endgame, Twelve, and Another Happy Day.
Governors Awards honorees
At the Governors Awards’ veteran actor James Earl Jones (Dr. Strangelove, The Great White Hope) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he’s co-starring opposite fellow veteran Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. Redgrave took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in Fred Zinnemann’s Julia (1977), starring Jane Fonda.
Unlike Jones, veteran make-up artist Dick Smith was in attendance to receive his Honorary Oscar. Smith’s extensive list of credits includes William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973), Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), John Schlesinger’s Marathon Man (1976), Ken Russell’s Altered States (1980), David Cronenberg’s Scanners (1981), and John Carpenter’s Starman (1984).
Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee for Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple – but best known as a daytime TV talk show hostess – was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Oscar hopeful Evan Rachel Wood
In an elegant, no-frills blue dress, and sporting short hair, Evan Rachel Wood arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2011 Governors Awards, held in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Wood’s notable screen credits include Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen (2003), opposite Nikki Reed and Holly Hunter; Ron Howard’s The Missing (2003), with Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett; Ryan Murphy’s Running with Scissors (2006), with Joseph Cross and Annette Bening; and Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe (2007), with Jim Sturgess.
Also: Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (2008), opposite Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei; Woody Allen’s Whatever Works (2009), with Larry David and Henry Cavill; Robert Redford’s The Conspirator (2010), with James McAvoy and Robin Wright; and George Clooney’s The Ides of March (2011), with Clooney and Ryan Gosling.
Thirteen earned Evan Rachel Wood a Best Actress SAG Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.
She is a potential 2012 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award contender for her performance in George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March.
Mildred Pierce remake
In Michael Curtiz’s 1945 original film adaptation of James M. Cain’s novel, Ann Blyth received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of (Best Actress winner) Joan Crawford’s ungrateful daughter. Wood, for her part, was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
Evan Rachel Wood photo: Matt Petit | © A.M.P.A.S.
Sidney Poitier and daughter Sydney Tamiia Poitier
Sidney Poitier and daughter Sydney Tamiia Poitier attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2011 Governors Awards, which took place in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, Nov. 12.
James Earl Jones (Best Actor Academy Award nominee for The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he’s co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. Veteran make-up artist Dick Smith (Forever Young, Sweet Home, Dad), on the other hand, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar.
TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee for Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, was the recipient of this year’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
First black actor to win Oscar in a leading role
Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for a leading role: for his performance in Ralph Nelson’s Lilies of the Field (1963). Other Poitier movie credits include:
- The Defiant Ones (1958), which earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
Director: Stanley Kramer.
Cast: Tony Curtis. Theodore Bikel. Cara Williams.
- Paris Blues (1961).
Director: Martin Ritt.
Cast: Paul Newman. Joanne Woodward. Diahann Carroll.
- The Bedford Incident (1965).
Director: James B. Harris.
Cast: Richard Widmark.
- The Slender Thread (1965).
Director: Sydney Pollack.
Cast: Anne Bancroft.
- Best Picture Oscar winner In the Heat of the Night (1967).
Director: Norman Jewison.
Cast: Rod Steiger. Lee Grant.
- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967).
Director: Stanley Kramer.
Cast: Katharine Hepburn. Spencer Tracy. Katharine Houghton. Beah Richards.
- To Sir with Love (1967).
Director: James Clavell.
Cast: Judy Geeson. Christian Roberts. Lulu. Suzy Kendall.
Sidney Poitier and daughter Sydney Tamiia Poitier photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Diane Warren Oscar nominations
Songwriter Diane Warren, who has received six Oscar nominations for her songs, is pictured above on the Red Carpet at the 2011 Governors Awards at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood. Warren has yet to take home an Oscar statuette.
The films featuring the nominated Diane Warren songs were the following:
- Mannequin (1987). She shared with Albert Hammond the nomination for the song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”
Cast: Andrew McCarthy. Kim Cattrall.
- Up Close & Personal (1996).
Cast: Robert Redford. Michelle Pfeiffer.
- Con Air (1997).
Cast: Nicolas Cage. John Cusack. John Malkovich.
- Armageddon (1998).
Cast: Ben Affleck. Liv Tyler. Bruce Willis. Billy Bob Thornton.
- Music of the Heart (1999).
Cast: Meryl Streep. Angela Bassett. Aidan Quinn. Cloris Leachman. Gloria Estefan.
- Pearl Harbor (2001).
Cast: Ben Affleck. Kate Beckinsale. Josh Hartnett.
Diane Warren photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Oscar-nominated Actor Peter Fonda (Ulee’s Gold) and wife Parky attend the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, Nov. 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.] Actor James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar recipient, as Jones is co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. Veteran make-up artist Dick Smith (The Cardinal, Death Becomes Her, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, was handed the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Son of Oscar winner Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond) and brother of two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda (Klute, Coming Home), among Peter Fonda’s credits are The Wild Angels, The Trip, Easy Rider, with Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson; Dirty Larry Crazy Mary, with Susan George; Race with the Devil; Futureworld; and Killer Force. More recently, Fonda could be seen in Ghostrider, with Matt Long; 3:10 to Yuma, with Christian Bale and Russell Crowe; Smitty, with Mira Sorvino; and The Trouble with Bliss, with Michael C. Hall and Lucy Liu.
Actor Malcolm McDowell and wife Kelley arrive at the 2011 Governors Awards, held in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Actor James Earl Jones (the voice of Star Wars’ Darth Vader) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he is starring opposite Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage.
But make-up artist Dick Smith, whose credits range from Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? and Taxi Driver to The Stepford Wives and The Sunshine Boys, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar.
Beloved star and mega-rich U.S. television talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Malcolm McDowell movies
Born on June 13, 1943, in Horsforth, Yorkshire, England, Malcolm McDowell is best known for his vicious – later tamed and then untamed – psychopath in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 classic A Clockwork Orange.
His favorite actor is supposed to be Best Actor Oscar winner James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942); that may help to explain why the older McDowell gets, the more he resembles the Angels with Dirty Faces star.
Notable Malcolm McDowell films in the last 45 years include:
- The unabashedly anti-establishment Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner If… (1968).
Director: Lindsay Anderson.
Cast: Malcolm McDowell. Robin Askwith.
- The aforementioned subversive classic A Clockwork Orange (1971).
Director: Stanley Kubrick.
Cast: Malcolm McDowell. Patrick Magee. Adrienne Corri.
- Palme d’Or contender O Lucky Man! (1973).
Director: Lindsay Anderson.
Cast: Malcolm McDowell. Rachel Roberts. Ralph Richardson. Helen Mirren.
- The all-star, real-life inspired Nazi era drama Voyage of the Damned (1976).
Director: Stuart Rosenberg.
Cast: Faye Dunaway. Oskar Werner. Sam Wanamaker. Lynne Frederick. Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Lee Grant. Maria Schell. Max von Sydow. Wendy Hiller. Julie Harris. Janet Suzman. Ben Gazzara. Katharine Ross. Orson Welles. James Mason. Fernando Rey. Denholm Elliott. Helmut Griem. José Ferrer. Malcolm McDowell. David de Keyser. Genevieve West. Luther Adler. Jonathan Pryce. Paul Koslo. Nehemiah Persoff. Anthony Higgins. Donald Houston. Georgina Hale. Keith Barron. Michael Constantine. Victor Spinetti. Leonard Rossiter.
- The notorious, widely banned and disparaged Caligula (1979), featuring some sexually explicit post-production work.
Director: Tinto Brass.
Cast: Malcolm McDowell (in the title role). Helen Mirren. John Gielgud. Adriana Asti. Peter O’Toole.
Among Malcolm McDowell’s recent movies are:
- Paul Weitz’s In Good Company, in which he plays a Rupert Murdoch-like corporate monster. Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, and Scarlett Johansson star.
- Easy A, starring Emma Stone.
- B fare such as Suing the Devil and Vamps.
- Michel Hazanavicius’ potential Best Picture Oscar contender The Artist, starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. McDowell has what amounts to a cameo as a W.C. Fields type.
Malcolm McDowell and wife Kelley photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Producer/director Gore Verbinski and wife Clayton are pictured above while arriving at the 2011 Governors Awards.
As is often the case at various parties and events during awards season, many of the attendees at this year’s Governors Awards were Oscar 2012 hopefuls. Examples include:
- Shame actor Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen.
- The Help director Tate Taylor, and actresses Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.
- The Descendants actress Shailene Woodley.
- J. Edgar screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Gore Verbinski, however, has no chance of getting a Best Director Oscar nomination this year. Not only was the Johnny Depp-Penélope Cruz pairing in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a critical bomb, but it was directed by Rob Marshall.
But wait … Verbinski’s Rango has a chance in various Academy Award categories, including Best Animated Feature. So there you go.
Gore Verbinski and wife Clayton photo: Matt Petit | © A.M.P.A.S.
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