Dick Smith was presented with an honorary Oscar on Sunday during the 2011 Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Governors Awards. For those that may not be familiar with his name, you’re definitely familiar with his work.
Known as “The Godfather of Makeup”, Dick Smith is the man responsible for the fantastic makeup effects in The Exorcist. With a career spanning over 50 years, he’s worked on dozens of projects, including The Godfather, Dark Shadows, Taxi Driver, Scanners, and many more. Unfortunately, the category for Best Makeup was not included in the Academy Awards until 1981, so some of Dick Smith’s best work was not eligible for an award at the time.
- Jonathan James
Over the weekend we announced that legendary make-up artist Dick Smith had received an honorary Oscar for his many contributions to the industry. Now you can watch the man himself collect his well deserved and long overdue prize!
In addition to his incredible work on The Exorcist, some of Smith's other work in the horror genre includes The Stepford Wives, The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), The Sentinel (1977), Altered States (1980), Scanners (1981), Ghost Story (1981) and The Hunger (1983). He also worked in television on a show you may remember, "Dark Shadows." And this is just a small sample of his work.
Outside of horror, Smith worked on legendary films such as The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Miracle on 34th Street (1959), The Deer Hunter (1978) and Taxi Driver (1976). He initially got his start working for NBC creating techniques with foam latex and plastic for live television. Smith held this position from »
- Uncle Creepy
Last night, the Academy presented Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey at the 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center in California.
Click Here to watch the 2011 Governors Awards Video Highlights.
To honor James Earl Jones, aka Darth Vader, Star Wars stormtroopers and Academy President Tom Sherak introduced the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom. Sherak remarked, “How was your week?” in reference to the exit of producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy and the replacement of new host Billy Crystal and producer Brian Grazer.
Oscar®-nominated Actress Glenn Close spoke as part of the award presentation to Honorary Award recipient James Earl Jones. The actor was presented with his award on stage in London at the Wyndham Theater, where he is starring in “Driving Miss Daisy” with Vanessa Redgrave. »
- Michelle McCue
It hadn’t been a great few days for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Leading up to last night’s Governors Awards (the separate ceremony where the honorary Oscars are handed out), the Academy was forced to deal with all the fallout from Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy’s resignations as the producer and host of February’s Oscar telecast. But they ended this rough chapter with a classy and emotional event as James Earl Jones, makeup artist Dick Smith, and Oprah Winfrey all received tributes.
The ballroom adjacent to the Kodak Theatre was filled with stars »
- Dave Karger
Getty Actress Viola Davis arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 3rd Annual Governors Awards on November 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
The third annual Governors Awards, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, celebrated the achievements of three new Oscar recipients Saturday night while simultaneously helping the Academy distance itself from a stress-filled week.
- Michelle Kung
Oprah has a new favorite thing: Oscar. In an emotional evening that saw Winfrey wiping away tears and leaning heavily on longtime partner Stedman Graham, the former talk show host accepted the Academy of Motion Picture's Arts & Science's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, given periodically for philanthropic efforts. "I never imagined receiving an Oscar, especially for doing what is part of my calling, part of my being," said Winfrey, 57, who gave an Oscar-nominated performance in 1985's The Color Purple and was a producer on the films Beloved and Precious. "If you are not a former colored girl born in Mississippi in 1954," she said, »
- Oliver Jones
One of the heroes of our genre has been honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science. Dick Smith, who has rightfully been sired with the title of the Godfather of Makeup, was given an honorary Governor's Academy Award for his unparalleled contributions to the field of makeup in the film industry.
As he was always a behind-the-scenes guy, let me catch you up on just what Dick Smith is responsible for creating. Does the name Regan MacNeil mean anything to you? That's right, Smith transformed cute little Linda Blair into the beast that launched 1,000 nightmares in The Exorcist. For me, that alone is enough to grant the man the all-time title, but it's just the tip of the iceberg. Smith shared an Oscar in 1984 for transforming F. Murray Abraham from his 40's to his 80's in Amadeus and was nominated again for morphing Jack Lemmon from a »
- Doctor Gash
If you've seen Stanley Kubrick's The Shining more than a couple of times, or if you've been renewing your relationship with William Friedkin's The Exorcist over Halloween; if you've enjoyed Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island or marvelled at David Lynch's Inland Empire, I've got news for you. You're a Penderecki fan – even if you've never heard of Poland's most famous living composer.
You see, in all those movies, Krzysztof Penderecki's wild, terrifying, and imaginative music, some of the most radical of the 20th century, is used as the musical manifestation of the subconscious. Penderecki's music is the sonic realisation of the horrifying and disturbing realms of imagination that directors like Kubrick or Lynch have created on film. Along with the music of György Ligeti, Penderecki's early »
- Tom Service
“They Raped her Sister!…Killed her Best Friend!…and Now She’s Crossbow Psycho!”
Savage Streets (1984) is a sleazy tale of high school revenge that’s a must for fans of gritty exploitation and over-the top action. Made during Linda Blair’s less-than-wholesome phase (posing naked, getting arrested for cocaine, dating Rick James, etc) eleven years after she turned heads with her performance in The Exorcist, Savage Streets features a hideous new wave soundtrack, great 80′s L.A. locations, punk outfits, lots of neon, and a cat-fight in the gym shower. Savage Streets is Linda Blair’s showcase film and her finest hour. The chubby, big-haired, spandex-clad vigilant-ette chews her way through atrociously vulgar dialog as she hunts down the gang who raped her deaf little sister (Linnea Quigley) and threw her best friend off a bridge. The climax is a classic as she shoots her would-be rapist in the »
- Tom Stockman
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present screenings of important films relating to the careers of this years's lifetime award recipients, James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey and makeup maestro Dick Smith. Films to be screened at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in La are The Great White Hope, The Color Purple and The Exorcist. Special guests will discuss the films at every screening. Sounds like a great idea, though we're still scratching our heads as to why Oprah is being included. She did receive an Oscar nomination for The Color Purple way back in the 1980s but since then her major achievements have all been on the small screen.
Screenings will be held November 9-11.
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Beverly Hills, CA . The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present its inaugural Governors Awards Film Series, featuring screenings of “The Exorcist,” “The Color Purple,” and “The Great White Hope,” from Wednesday, November 9, to Friday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The evenings celebrate the achievements of the 2011 Honorary Award recipients, actor James Earl Jones and motion picture makeup pioneer Dick Smith, and the 2011 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.
The series schedule is as follows:
November 9: “The Exorcist” (1973). This cultural touchstone showcases Dick Smith’s groundbreaking makeup designs, including 14-year-old Linda Blair’s satanic transformation. Introduced by Academy governor Leonard Engelman, the evening will feature Smith in person as well as remarks from special effects makeup artist Rick Baker and cinematographer Owen Roizman. »
- Michelle McCue
When deciding with whom we should finish our Halloween Memories series, the Planet Fury editorial staff unanimously agreed there could be no better closers than those groovy grindhouse gals from the Great White North, Jen and Sylvia Soska.
With their mondo-cool debut, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, the Soskas proved they are two of the most exciting filmmaking talents in the world of genre cinema, so obviously the Twisted Twins would be the perfect choice to close our Halloween spectacular.
But given that they're currently in production on their sophomore feature, American Mary, could we even wrangle an interview with these crazy-busy Canadians? You bet we could!
Thanks so much for carving out some time to talk with us, ladies — especially since you're not doing any press right now. But I'm sure the topic had something to do with it. We've discussed your undying love of Halloween before.
The horror genre has been one of the most popular with cinemagoers since projectors first started rolling films. Over the past century, huge volumes of memorable and impressive horror films have adorned our screens and as such horror villains and their character victims and settings/locations have often become implanted within popular culture, transcending the boundaries of the cinema screen to become familiar to those who haven’t even seen the films in question.
The following are what we consider to be the 10 most iconic of these images… those moments in horror cinema that have been ingrained in our soul and what he have come to know as the 10 defining moments of horror.
10. Hellraiser (1987)
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series and lead character Pinhead are undisputed icons of British horror. This grotesque and freakish image of the devilish character actually scared me so much as a child back in the 90s »
- Stuart Cummins
The Exorcist has been voted the scariest horror movie of all time by Digital Spy readers. The poll, run to coincide with Halloween, saw thousands of readers vote on their most shocking scary films. William Friedkin's 1973 Oscar-winning classic The Exorcist showed its enduring appeal by taking first place with 15.5% of the vote. > Digital Spy's Top 25 scariest horror movies: In Pictures In a 2008 interview with The Guardian, The Exorcist director Friedkin explained that many viewers found themselves terrified by a sequence where Linda Blair's possessed child Regan is medically examined. "Most people say that the scariest scene in The Exorcist is the angiogram scene because it's the most realistic," he said. "It's the one people most identify with, being in a hospital - a captive (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
With Friday’s release of Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs remake, Thn has taken a look back at legendary hell-raising director Sam Peckinpah’s original take on the Gordon Williams novel The Siege At Trenchers Farm. The film’s title change came from an ancient Chinese phrase Peckinpah believed hints that every man has a breaking point, and with it brings its own untamed animal.
The film featured a still ‘on the rise’ Dustin Hoffman, fresh from classics The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy and Little Big Man. His now iconic performance was almost swept under the carpet, in a film that on its initial release was treated like an abandoned child by audiences and critics alike.
Peckinpah, like so many others in his profession, cut his directing teeth working on television. His first big break in the movie business was with Major Dundee, starring Hollywood legends Charlton Heston and Richard Harris. »
- Craig Hunter
31 – Rosemary’s Baby
Directed by Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski’s brilliant horror-thriller was nominated for two Oscars, winning Best Supporting Actress for Ruth Gordon. The director’s first American film, adapted from Ira Levin’s horror bestseller, is a spellbinding and twisted tale of Satanism and pregnancy. Supremely mounted, the film benefits from it’s strong atmosphere, apartment setting, eerie childlike score and polished production values by cinematographer William Fraker. The cast is brilliant, with Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes as the young couple playing opposite Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer, the elderly neighbors. There is ominous tension in the film from first frame to last – the climax makes for one of the greatest endings of all time. Rarely has a film displayed such an uncompromising portrait of betrayal as this one. Career or marriage – which would you choose?
30 – Eraserhead
Directed by David Lynch
Filmed intermittently over the course of a five-year period, »
Chicago – It’s Halloween weekend, and what better time to have Linda Blair, who portrayed the Satan-possessed child named Regan in “The Exorcist,” introduce that film at the Hollywood Palms in Naperville, Illinois, and the Hollywood Blvd Cinema in nearby Woodridge.
Blair will be at the Hollywood Palms on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th. She will follow up with appearances at the Hollywood Blvd Cinema on Sunday, October 30th. Click here for all the details.
Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took this Exclusive Portrait of Linda Blair on October 28th in anticipation of the appearances.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Linda Blair will host screenings of “The Exorcist” at the Hollywood Palms in Naperville, Illinois on October 28th and 29th, and at the Hollywood Blvd Cinema in Woodridge, Illinois, on October 30th and 31st. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In Oscar Horrors, Team Film Experience explores Oscar nominated contributions to the horror genre. Here is new contributor Mayukh Sen.
Brian de Palma apparently hated The Exorcist, and it’s not difficult to see why. I generally fall on the unimpressed side with the film, because none of the psychological trauma undergone by the characters finds aesthetic articulation. Everything is so clearly, obviously constructed on a Hollywood set that it borders on the parodistic. What is superlative about a director like de Palma is that he understands the trappings of genre conventions and mocks the notion of film as a classically escapist, populist medium, managing to extract a modicum of truth out of such a framework. Friedkin doesn’t understand this. Interpreting what should be perfunctory »
- Mayukh Sen
While one of the joys of HBO’s True Blood is anytime fiery, ultra-sexual vampire Pam Swynford De Beaufort appears on the screen, her portrayer, actress Kristin Bauer, is taking a deep, satisfying bite out of another juicy role – "Mistress of Evil" Maleficent from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty – in her guest starring turn on the new ABC series Once Upon A Time.
The new ABC fantasy drama got off to a strong start last week when it premiered to over 12 million households, which bodes well for the network that has seen other new series like Charlie’s Angels crash and burn (and Pan Am isn’t looking too healthy either).
In this Sunday’s episode, viewers are given the back-story to just how the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) cast the spell that sent our cast of fairy tale characters (including Ginnifer Goodwin’s Snow White) to be held prisoner in the town of Storybrooke, »
- J. Halterman
There are roughly a gazillion scary movie marathons happening on TV for Halloween 2011. Zap2it's got you covered for all your spooky programming. Be sure to check your local listings for times and channel.
All times Eastern.
Friday, Oct. 28
AMC: Halloween movie marathon, 9 a.m. to midnight ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "House of Wax," "Scream 3," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane," "Survival of the Dead," "The Walking Dead"
Chiller: Halloween programming, 6 a.m. to midnight ("Twilight Zone" episodes, "The Daisy Chain," "Fingerprints," "Stevie," "Devil's Mercy," "Children of the Corn"), "Chiller 13" (The Decade's Scariest Movie Moments, »
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