Patricia Neal 'Hud' Academy Screening: One of Cinema's Greatest Performances

Patricia Neal and Robert Osborne
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Patricia Neal in Hud (1963) directed by Martin Ritt, starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Brandon De WildeThough her role is basically a supporting one, Patricia Neal - almost - walks away with Hud. She would have run with the movie, if it weren't for the fact that veteran Melvyn Douglas more than holds his own, too.

Hud is one of the best Westerns - though set in modern times - ever made. The film is an unflinching socio-psychological study of a highly dysfunctional American family - one that boasts two of the greatest performances ever seen on-screen.

(I realize that I'm using the word “ever” a lot here. But it's all true.)

Press Release:

New York, NY –  Oscar®-winning actress Patricia Neal will be the special guest when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screens Hud as part of the “Monday Nights with Oscar" series on Monday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City.

Hosted by television host and film historian Robert Osborne, the evening will feature a discussion with Neal followed by a screening of Hud, the 1963 black-and-white drama directed by Academy Award® nominee Martin Ritt.

Hud stars Paul Newman (in his third Oscar-nominated performance) as Hud Bannon, the bitter, amoral son of a rancher, and Neal as Alma, a down-to-earth and soft-hearted housekeeper. The story weaves together family relationships, drunkenness and death.

Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr. earned Oscar nominations for their screenplay based on the novel “Horseman, Pass By" by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Larry McMurtry (Brokeback Mountain).

Hud won Oscars for three of its seven nominations in 1963 – Leading Actress (Neal), Actor in a Supporting Role (Melvyn Douglas) and Cinematography (James Wong Howe). In addition to the nominations for Frank Jr., Newman, Ritt and Ravetch, Hud also received a nomination in the Art Direction category (Hal Pereira, Tambi Larsen; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Robert Benton).

This screening of Hud will feature a 2005 restored print from the Academy Film Archive, and will be preceded by the 1963 Oscar-winning Short Subject Cartoon The Critic, with Mel Brooks.

“Monday Nights with Oscar" is a monthly series showcasing high-quality prints featuring Academy Award®-nominated and winning films.

The Academy Theater at Lighthouse International is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Tickets for the screening are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid I.D.

Tickets may be reserved by calling (888) 778-7575. Pending availability, tickets may be purchased in person the night of the screening. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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2 Comments to Patricia Neal 'Hud' Academy Screening: One of Cinema's Greatest Performances

  1. Trudy Kraft

    I recently saw this wonderful old movie at The New Braunfels,Texas library. I loved all th characters. It's good to khow Ms.Neal is doing well.Thanks for all the great films and movies.

  2. Kumio Mimaya

    I should like to view Patricia Neal at Breakfast