Part of a new series by me that compiles actors/actresses, crew members, and films that did not receive Oscar gold, or even the breath of a nominations. No order for each list as usual.
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ Best Director/Original Screenplay: For his innovative work on Star Wars: A New Hope. ” - Theflyace
John Barry was a British production designer. Started his career in the art department of the movie Cleopatra (1963). He is known chiefly for his imaginative design work on "Star Wars" and "Superman: The Movie". Barry got the opportunity to direct the sci-fi movie "Saturn 3" but was replaced during filming...
“ Best Art Direction: For his outstanding set design on Superman. ” - Theflyace
Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler was adjudged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild survey of its membership. He won his Oscars in both black & white and color, for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1966) and Bound for Glory
“ Best Cinematography: For his beautiful but uncredited work on Days of Heaven ” - Theflyace
“ Best Visual Effects: For his supervision of the model effects in The Terminator. Then deservedly won for Terminator 2: Judgment Day ” - Theflyace
Goeffrey Unsworth was one of the great cinematographers of the 20th Century, the winner of two Oscars, five BAFTA awards, and three awards from the British Society of Cinematographers for his work as a director of photography. Born in 1914 in Lancashire, England, Unsworth started in the industry in 1932 at Gaumont-British before joining Technicolor in 1937...
“ Best Cinematography: For his beautiful work on 2001: A Space Odyssey and Superman. ” - Theflyace
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Original Screenplay/Director: For his masterpiece, Crimes and Misdemeanors. ” - Theflyace
Mikael Salomon was born and grew up in Denmark. He is originally and primarily a cinematographer. The first feature film he shot was Fantasterne
by Kirsten Stenbæk. After almost two decades as one of his country's finest in the field and only a few foreign productions, he then moved his life and his career to Hollywood...
“ Best Cinematography: For his stunning photography on Backdraft. ” - Theflyace
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese
(née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese
, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ Best Director: For his brilliant direction on Goodfellas, Hugo, and Taxi Driver. ” - Theflyace
“ Best Original Screenplay/Director: For his writing/directing on The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. ” - Theflyace
“ Best Cinematography: For his astonishingly beautiful photography on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. ” - Theflyace
“ Best Original Score: For his moving compositions in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. ” - Theflyace
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ Best Director: For his outstanding work on North By Northwest and Psycho. ” - Theflyace
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert...
“ Best Director: For his rather impressive directing debut on The Alamo. ” - Theflyace
“ Best Original Score/Song: For his score for The Natural, and his songs "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2 and "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story ” - Theflyace
began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He later completed his Ph.D...
“ Best Original Score: For his masterpiece score Braveheart. ” - Theflyace
“ Best Cinematography: For his work on Brazil, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. ” - Theflyace
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertisement...
“ Best Director: For his work on Brazil. ” - Theflyace
Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel
and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa
at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk typist in the music department at CBS...
“ Best Original Score: For his work on Rudy and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. ” - Theflyace
In over thirty years as a film composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. Born in Manhattan in 1950, Alan was first drawn to music at an early age. Beginning as a drummer, his love for instruments quickly grew to include the bassoon...
“ Best Original Score: For his scores from Back to the Future and The Polar Express. ” - Theflyace
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ Best Director: For his work on Paths of Glory, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining ” - Theflyace