Os­car hon­ours Ba­call and Willis (not Bruce)

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Is hand­ing out honorary Os­cars re­ally such a good idea? True, it means that dis­grace­fully over­looked ge­niuses (Al­fred Hitch­cock for one) fi­nally get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve. But parad­ing leg­ends up the red car­pet can make con­tem­po­rary stars seem a lit­tle like un­pre­pos­sess­ing pyg­mies.

Any­way, the Academy have al­ready an­nounced the re­cip­i­ents of next year’s honorary gongs and it’s a bumper crop. The in­domitable Lauren Ba­call, now a frisky 84, is to be hon­oured for per­for­mances in such clas­sics as The Big Sleep, Key Largo and Writ­ten on the Wind. Gor­don Willis, chris­tened the Prince of Dark­ness for his work on such clas­sics as The God­fa­ther, All the Pres­i­dent’s Men, Klute, An­nie Hall and Man­hat­tan, will be­come one of the few cine­matog­ra­phers to be so hon­oured. And the leg­endary (for once the word is jus­ti­fied) mae­stro Roger Cor­man, who per­fected the art of low-bud­get pro­duc­tion, will also fi­nally get what he de­serves.

Few will be sur­prised to read that Cor­man, di­rec­tor of The Wasp Woman and At­tack of the Crab Mon­sters, has not won be­fore. Many will know that Ba­call, twice nom­i­nated, has not gar­nered a stat­uette. But surely Willis won for The God­fa­ther or its first se­quel. The near-un­be­liev­able truth is that he wasn’t even nom­i­nated for ei­ther gang­ster epic, both Best Pic­ture win­ners. Quite bizarre.

Bogie and Baby in The Big Sleep. Ba­call gets her Os­car due

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