A Well-Deserved Honor

This is very good news!

Director Robert Altman is joining the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Lumet, Blake Edwards, Cary Grant, Arthur Miller, and Greta Garbo. Like these other legends he is receiving his lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences without having ever won a competitve Oscar. (Don’t even get me start on this topic!)



The ballot was cast Tuesday night by the Academy’s board of governors and Altman was informed on Wednesday. In a statement to the press, Academy President Sid Ganis declared that Altman is a “master filmmaker [who] well deserves this honor.”

M*A*S*H, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts and Gosford Park are the five films that have earned Altman seven Oscar nominations, five for Best Director. It was 1970’s M*A*S*H, a black comedy set during the Korean War, that established Altman as a top-notch director. But it was 2001’s Gosford Park that became Altman’s most accessible and successful films at the box office. At age 80, Altman is still working with A Prarie Home Companion, starring Meryl Streep and Lindsay Lohan (it can’t get much better than that) due out later this year.

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5 thoughts on “A Well-Deserved Honor”

  1. checking out your posts. You have been busy! As usual. I don’t know how you find time to watch so many movies & everything else you are doing.
    Question for you: What do like to eat & or drink at the films?

  2. First, it’s a total injustice that Altman hasn’t won.

    Second, do you think any of Ms. Streep’s talent will rub off on Lohan?

  3. LT – Sadly, I don’t like to eat or drink anything at the movies. It’s too much of an inconvenience for me. I find popcorn, sods’ candy etc. to be loud and bothersome…people slurp, reach over eachother to get to the one bucket of popcorn, blocking my view because I can’t see over people. At most I’ll drink a soda, maybe eat a pack of Suger Patch Kids. But then I may have to pee and I refuse to get up during a movie,in fear of missing something. I’m very OCD when it comes to watching a movie.

    Arlen – I actually think highly of Lindsay Lohan when she’s compared to the other teen queens (Hilary Duff, the Olsen twins, Mischa Barton etc.). If Meryl Streep’s talent doesn’t rub off on her, than it is a waste of an experience for Lohan.

  4. Lohan does compare favorably to those. I was thinking more in the Scarlett Johanson vein. Look at it this way: Scarlett has been in some very good movies lately; Lohan’s last movie was about a talking car…

  5. True. But I don’t consider Scarlett to be a teen queen. I’ve always thought of Scarlett as a throwback to the classic stars in a way. I think she’s a real movie star and what will put her on the A-list is an Oscar win. At the rate she’s going, that could be very soon… maybe even this year.

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