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Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1990s: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr, Joe Pesci … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1990s: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr, Joe Pesci … ? [Poll]
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the 1990s went to many long overdue veterans of the industry. Actors like James Coburn, Jack Palance and Martin Landau finally earned Oscars in this decade, alongside then-newer stars like Cuba Gooding Jr and Kevin Spacey. What is your favorite Best Supporting Actor performance of the 1990s?

Read through a recap of their performances and vote in our poll below. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Supporting Actor.)

Joe Pesci, “Goodfellas” (1990) — Joe Pesci won his Oscar with the most iconic role of his career. In “Goodfellas” Pesci plays Tommy DeVito, a blustering gangster who provides some of the funniest lines in the film. Pesci was previously nominated in Best Supporting Actor for “Raging Bull” (1980).

SEEWho’s your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 1990s: Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme … ? [Poll]

Jack Palance, “City Slickers” (1991) — Jack Palance finally won his Oscar thanks to “City Slickers,
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Padre Padrone | Taviani Retrospective Review

I Never Sang for My Father: The Taviani Brothers and the Prison of Patriarchy

For many, Italian directing duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani are best remembered for their output from the late 70s to late 80s, coming to prominence on the international circuit and unveiling a string of notable titles before falling out of critical favor by the mid-1990s. In 2012, the brothers made a resurgence winning the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, which resulted in bringing their old classics back to new, contemporary audiences. A retrospective featuring new restorations of three important titles begins with one of their most lauded films, 1977’s Padre Padrone, which took home the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (notably, Roberto Rossellini was the jury president, whose 1946 film Paisan inspired the brothers as filmmakers). Based on a memoir (Gavino Ledda’s The One That Got Away) and originally intended for television,
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Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner

Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch.[2] Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later,
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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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R.I.P. Conrad Bain

Conrad Bain, who played wealthy widower and adoptive father Phillip Drummond on the TV comedy Diff’rent Strokes, died Monday. He was 89. Bain passed away of natural causes at his home in Livermore, CA, his daughter Jennifer Bain tells The Associated Press. Bain made his New York theater debut in 1956 as Larry Slade in The Iceman Cometh at the Circle in the Square. He eventually ventured into TV, including the role of Dr. Arthur Harmon in the comedy Maude starring Bea Arthur which aired on CBS from 1972-1978. From Maude he went on to play his most famous role on Diff’rent Strokes, as the adoptive father of two young brothers played by Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges. The series aired for seven seasons on NBC (1978-1985) and one season on ABC (1985-1986). Before his roles on Maude and Diff’rent Strokes, Bain had appeared occasionally in films, including A Lovely Way To Die,
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Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey Honorary Award recipient James Earl Jones and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Oprah Winfrey backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony held at the Hollywood and Highland Center on February 26, 2012. Jones and Winfrey was officially handed their trophies at the Governors Awards held in fall 2011. Jones wasn't in attendance, as he was appearing with Vanessa Redgrave in a production of Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. (Photo: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.) James Earl Jones was a Best Actor nominee for Martin Ritt's 1970 drama The Great White Hope. His competition consisted of Jack Nicholson for Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces, Melvyn Douglas for Gilbert Cates' I Never Sang for My Father, Ryan O'Neal for Arthur Hiller's Love Story, and the eventual winner, George C. Scott for Franklin J. Schaffner's Patton. Scott became the first performer to refuse the Oscar.
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Emma Thompson/Holly Hunter Double Oscar Nominations Meaning

Writing about Emma Thompson possibly reprising her role as human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce made me remember comments I've read about the 1993 Academy Awards. In early 1994, Thompson was nominated for two Oscars: as Best Actress for James Ivory's social/psychological drama The Remains of the Day (photo) and as Best Supporting Actress for Jim Sheridan's family melodrama / political & prison drama In the Name of the Father. That same year, Holly Hunter was another double nominee — the first (and to date only) time two performers have been in the running in two acting categories in the same year. Hunter was up for the Best Actress Oscar for Jane Campion's The Piano (photo) and as Best Supporting Actress for Sydney Pollack's The Firm. She eventually won for The Piano; she and Thompson lost in the Best Supporting Actress category to The Piano's Anna Paquin. Some have claimed
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Gene Hackman Hit by Car: Reports Vary Between Serious Condition, Fine & Going Home

Gene Hackman, Oscar winner for The French Connection (photo) and Unforgiven, was hit by a car while bicycling in Florida earlier today. According to TMZ (and TheWrap, quoting a highway patrol officer), Hackman suffered "serious injuries to his head and body," and was later airlifted to a local hospital. According to Hackman's rep, the 81-year-old actor (82 next January 30), "is fine, he is on his way home" (via Access Hollywood). Hackman was not wearing a helmet. The driver, a 60-year-old woman, wasn't hurt in the accident. The cause of the collision hasn't been determined. In addition to his Best Actor win for Franklin J. Schaffner's thriller The French Connection (1971) and his Best Supporting Actor win for Clint Eastwood's Western Unforgiven (1992) — both films also won Best Picture Oscars — Hackman has been nominated for three other Academy Awards: in the supporting category for Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Gilbert Cates
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Gene Hackman Hit By Car, Fine

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Scary news to pass along: According to TMZ, acting legend Gene Hackman was hit by a car in Florida on Friday afternoon.

The actor, who is a couple of weeks shy of his 82nd birthday, was riding his bike when he was struck by a car. Per the Florida Highway Patrol, Hackman was airlifted to a trauma hospital after suffering injuries to his head and body. He's reportedly in stable condition.

Hackman won Oscars for his work in "The French Connection" and "Unforgiven," and was also nominated three other times -- for "Mississippi Burning,""I Never Sang for My Father" and "Bonnie and Clyde." His last film was "Welcome to Mooseport" in 2004, after which, Hackman retired. Sorta.

"If I could do [one more movie] in my own house, maybe, without them disturbing anything and just one or two people,"he told GQ last summer, when faced with the idea of making another movie.
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Maria Schneider, Cliff Robertson, Barbara Kent, Tura Satana: TCM Remembers 2011 Pt.2

Elizabeth Taylor, Farley Granger, Jane Russell, Peter Falk, Sidney Lumet: TCM Remembers 2011 Pt. 1

Also: child actor John Howard Davies (David Lean's Oliver Twist), Charles Chaplin discovery Marilyn Nash (Monsieur Verdoux), director and Oscar ceremony producer Gilbert Cates (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, I Never Sang for My Father), veteran Japanese actress Hideko Takamine (House of Many Pleasures), Jeff Conaway of Grease and the television series Taxi, and Tura Satana of the cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.

More: Neva Patterson, who loses Cary Grant to Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember; Ingmar Bergman cinematographer Gunnar Fischer (Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries); Marlon Brando's The Wild One leading lady Mary Murphy; and two actresses featured in controversial, epoch-making films: Lena Nyman, the star of the Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), labeled as pornography by prudish American authorities back in the late '60s,
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Gilbert Cates Obit Pt.2: Oscar Nominations for Joanne Woodward, Sylvia Sidney, Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman

Gilbert Cates Obit Pt.1: Oscar Ceremony Most Frequent Producer In fact, Gilbert Cates' best film-related work took place far from the Academy Awards ceremonies. Two of his '70s movies in particular, the family dramas I Never Sang for My Father (1970) and Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973), are notable both for Cates' quiet, subtle handling of the dramatic situations and for the generally masterful performances: I Never Sang for My Father featured Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman, and Estelle Parsons; Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams featured Joanne Woodward, Martin Balsam, and Sylvia Sidney (photo). Douglas and Woodward were nominated for Oscars, and so were Hackman and Sidney in the supporting categories (even though Hackman was as much a lead as Douglas). Douglas, Woodward, and the veteran Sidney, a first-time nominee after more than four decades in films, should have won. They lost to, respectively, George C. Scott in Patton; Glenda Jackson
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Gil Cates, Oscar producer, dies at 77

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Gilbert Cates, the man responsible for producing 14 Oscar ceremonies over nearly two decades, died Monday (Oct. 31) at age 77.

According to Reuters, Cates' body was discovered in a UCLA parking lot on Halloween night. He had undergone heart surgery earlier in October. The Los Angeles County coroner is investigating the cause of death.

Cates was the Academy Awards' producer for 14 ceremonies between 1990 and 2008. He was responsible for, among other things, creating the now-iconic In Memoriam segment.

He also directed Oscar-nominated films such as "I Never Sang for My Father" and "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams," along with numerous made-for-tv movies.

Three-time Oscar host Steve Martin tweeted Tuesday, "So sorry to hear Gil Cates has died. He helmed two Oscar shows I hosted. He was delightful, wise, canny and unperturbed. A great fellow."

"Gil was our colleague, our friend and a former governor of the Academy," Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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Body Of Iconic Producer Found In UCLA Parking Lot

Body Of Iconic Producer Found In UCLA Parking Lot
Gilbert Cates, long-time producer of film, TV, theater and the Academy Awards, was found dead at 77 last night in a UCLA parking lot. While the cause of death is unknown, Cates underwent heart surgery earlier this month, TMZ reports.

Cates produced a record 14 broadcasts of the Academy Awards over the course of 18 years, from 1990 to 2008. In 2006, he was quoted as saying, "If you want a sense of what America is like, you'll watch the Oscars."

As a film producer, some of his most well-known features include "I Never Sang for My Father" (1970), "Summer Wishes" (1973), "Winter Dreams" (1973), "Oh, God! Book II" (1980) and "The Last Married Couple in America" (1980).

In addition, the Hollywood Reporter notes that Cates was a daring TV producer, often covering subjects that were taboo at the time. Consenting Adult, which he directed in 1984, covered homosexuality and Do You Know the Muffin Man?, which he directed in 1989, focused on
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Gil Cates, Oscar Producer, Dead At 77

Gil Cates, 2008. credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Gil Cates, producer of 14 Academy Awards, has sadly passed away at the age of 77.

From Variety:

Cates, whose film producing credits include “I Never Sang for My Father” and “The Last Married Couple in America,” most recently oversaw the Oscars as executive producer in 2008, the 80th annual kudofest. He produced his first Oscarcast in 1990, which earned him a Primetime Emmy for his work

According to his Geffen Playhouse bio, he is survived by wife Dr. Judith Reichman, four children, two stepchildren and grandchildren. Son Gil Cates Jr. is a writer-director.

AMPAS Statement Regarding the Passing of Gil Cates:

Beverly Hills, CA - “Gil was our colleague, our friend and a former governor of the Academy,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “He was a consummate professional who gave the Academy and the world some of the most memorable moments in Oscar® history.
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Joanne Woodward on TCM: Rachel, Rachel; Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

Joanne Woodward never became a major box-office draw. No matter. Woodward was one of the best film actresses of the 20th century, as can be attested by her work in The Three Faces of Eve; Rachel, Rachel (right); Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams; The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds; and Mr. and Mrs. Bridge. Woodward's absence from the big screen after a supporting role in Jonathan Demme's 1993 AIDS drama Philadelphia is indeed cinema's loss. On Tuesday, August 16, Turner Classic Movies will be presenting 13 Joanne Woodward movies as part of TCM's "Summer Under the Stars" film series. [Joanne Woodward Movie Schedule.] Four of those are TCM premieres: Leo McCarey's weak comedy Rally Round the Flag, Boys! (1958), with Paul Newman as Woodward's love interest, and Joan Collins sultrily stealing the show; Burt Reynolds' highly successful black comedy The End (1978), about a dying man's attempts at killing himself with the assistance of a
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Sony launches innovative ‘Classics By Request’ program

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Have you ever wanted to raid a studio’s vault and order the movies you want on DVD, instead of waiting for execs to decide which titles they were going to release? Well, we’re a little closer to that dream becoming a reality.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment just opened the Columbia vault, offering to consumers a selection of films never before released on DVD. The studio’s new program, dubbed “Screen Classics by Request,” lets you purchase authentic, high-quality DVDs of more than 100 classic movie titles covering a 75-year span from the Columbia Film Library. Those who visit www.Columbia-Classics.com make their selection and, upon purchase, receive a made-to-order DVD showcased with original theatrical art, when available. It’s like custom-ordering the DVD you want … when you want it.

Additional titles will be made available monthly through the Web site, and will retail at $19.94, plus shipping.
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Sony Unveils “Screen Classics by Request”

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has debuted an on-demand DVD pressing known as “Screen Classics by Request.” This means that, effective today, Sony (which owns Columbia Pictures) is offering consumers the opportunity to purchase DVD copies of classic films from the Columbia film vault for the first time ever. When I take stock of all the things I can have “on-demand” in life (HBO, Showtime, Hot Pockets), I have to admit that DVDs of previously unreleased classic films ranks pretty high.

Hit the jump for more details on Sony’s classic DVD venture including what titles are currently available.

The “Screen Classics by Request” program is loosely based on a similar model from Warner Home Video known as the “Warner Archive Collection” which offers consumers the opportunity to purchase around 600 rare films, shorts, and/or TV movies on DVD. Conversely, per THR, Sony’s version currently offers “more than 100 classic Columbia titles covering a 75-year span,
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Marsha Mason heading to New York to get back to work

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: After nearly 17 years of living on her 250 acre ranch/organic farm in New Mexico, Marsha Mason is getting ready to pull up stakes and return to New York to live – and if that brings more acting assignments, so much the better.

“I had the farm and the business and was running all of that at the same time as continuing to work as an actress. I really want to downsize and simplify now,” explains the four-time Oscar nominee, who earned critical raves for her just-completed off-Broadway run in “I Never Sang For My Father.”

To read more go to BeckSmithHollywood.com.
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Photo Coverage: Theatre Row's I Never Sang For My Father Production Photos

Keir Dullea will make his long-awaited return to the stage in Robert Anderson's I Never Sang for My Father, presented by the Keen Company in association with Wiltsie Bridge Productions, at Theatre Row from March 23 - May 1. Directed by Jonathan Silverstein, I Never Sang for My Father marks the second Anderson play presented by Keen, following the success of its 2007 critically acclaimed production of Tea & Sympathy. Actors Matt Servitto and Marsha Mason will join Dullea on stage for the production.
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From 'Sopranos' to Singing

After many years away from the stage, Matt Servitto has had to readjust to its special demands, he says. Not that he's complaining about what he's done in the interim. After all, playing FBI agent Dwight Harris on "The Sopranos" for all seven seasons (1999–2007) put him on the map and lined his pockets, he admits unabashedly. He is married, the father of three children, and is above all else pragmatic. But theater is his first love, so he says the chance to play the anguished son in Robert Anderson's 1968 intense family drama "I Never Sang for My Father" was irresistible. The fact that the Keen Company is behind it was an added incentive. "They produce work that relates to the heart and mind," Servitto emphasizes. "They're my soulmates." The play's co-stars Keir Dullea and Marsha Mason were a further draw.Still, the emotional and physical stamina required in the role is daunting.
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