Filmmaker Richard Donner shared his perspective regarding Martin Scorsese’s comment on superhero films.Donner is a producer, director, and occasional writer of comic books.He has directed many films, including the 1976 horror movie The Omen and the 1978’s modern superhero film, Superman.He later directed successful commercial movies like the Scrooged, The Goonies, The X-Men movie series, and the Lethal Weapon movie series.The 1978 Superman was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Music (Original Score), Best Sound, and Best Film Editing.Martin Charles Scorsese is a film producer, director, actor, and screenplay writer.His works are majorly known for the concept of redemption, guilt, violence, profanity, and rock music.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, on 25 April 2021.Oscars is one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the global entertainment industry.It is the oldest among the four major yearly American entertainment awards ceremonies, including the Emmy Awards for TV, the Grammy Awards for music, and the Tony Awards for theater.The 93rd Oscars was originally scheduled for 28 February 2021, while due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has badly impacted the cinema, the organizers postponed the event date.In recent years the Academy Awards has faced controversies for its lack of diversity among the nominees, and a campaign started with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite in 2016.After strong criticism, the Oscars have taken steps to include films like Moonlight and Parasite.The cutoff date has been shifted from 31 December 2020 to 28 February 2021, and the main ceremony is also postponed to two months.The biography of Bette Davis (president of the Academy) claims that she has named the award after her first husband, Harmon Oscar Nelson.
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And it is very rare to see any slasher movie to make its place at award ceremonies like the Oscars and the Golden Globes.Only six horror movies are so far nominated for the Academy Awards for the category Best Picture Oscar.Some great actors and actresses have worked in this genre, and some have also started their careers with horror movies.Leonardo DiCaprio – Critters 3 (1991)Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American producer, actor, and environmentalist.He is known for his quirky characters, particularly in periodic and biopics.DiCaprio has ranked as the highest-paid actor in the world.The brilliant actor achieved Academy Awards, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA for his mind-blowing performance in The Revenant.He played the character of Josh, who joins Charlie McFadden in his fight against alien creatures.Leonardo DiCaprio later featured in some masterpieces: The Departed, Blood Diamond, Revolutionary Road, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Revenant, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.Johnny Depp – A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)Johnny Depp is an American musician, producer, actor, and one of the notable film stars.
He made his debut with the popular cult movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street.Depp has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Actor and ten Golden Globe Awards.The actor is known for his role as Jack Sparrow in the swashbuckler film series Pirates of the Caribbean.Apart from this, Depp has featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Public Enemies, Corpse Bride, etc.He was listed as the highest-paid actor in Guinness World Record in 2012 with $75 US million dollars.However, Depp and controversies go hand in hand.And in May 2016, the controversial Amber Heard filed a divorce against Depp.Heard also filed a complaint about domestic violence that alleged “verbal, physical and emotional abuse.”In between all these controversies, the author of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, defended the actor by saying, “Based on the understanding of the circumstances, she and the directors are rather happy to have Johnny play the significant characters in the films.”Rowling’s statement had attracted controversies towards it.
Since his childhood, he has been an actor and has innumerable theater performances to show for himself, but his breakthrough performance came in the disaster biopic “The Impossible.”It has been only a month since the arrival of the film on Netflix, but it has quickly found the numbers and is currently sitting at the ninth spot in the top 10 list of most-watched content in the United States.If you haven’t seen the film or even heard of it, you need to do it as soon as possible not only to witness Tom Holland in an eye-catching role but also to view an overall exceptional piece of cinema.The film is based on a true story of a family on vacation in Indonesia which gets trapped in the strangling of a devastating 2004 tsunami.The film’s protagonists, a couple played by Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, get separated.The film shows them struggling to save themselves and their children as they attempt to reunite.The melodramatic film was a recipient of huge International acclaim, which even led to Naomi Watts receiving a Best Actress award at the 2013 Academy Awards.The film is a hit at Rotten Tomatoes and has secured an 81% rating since the time of its release.The critics of the website have termed the film as something that impresses with its direction and acting but has a weak screenplay at the heart of it.
Often described as his most passionate and ambitious film, David Fincher’s Mank is all set to enter the nominations race for the Best Director category at 2021 Oscars.Already a recipient of two Oscar nominations, David Fincher’s passionate film “Mank” would win him his third nomination, and this time around, it could potentially be the one that will get him his due recognition.“Mank” has already been unveiled by Netflix to film critics, and most of them consider the film to be a contender for next year’s Academy Awards.Should it happen, David Fincher would mark a return to the category almost a decade later (his last nomination win was for The Social Network).Fans’ agony would only increase if he does not win it this time, but it is what it is.They would be happy to know, though, that a nomination is almost certain.Even if we are only considering the cinematography, “Mank” does not disappoint, and comparisons to the brilliance of Gravity and Mad Max: Fury Road are already being made.It’s a cinema’s loss that a film like “Mank” will not make its way to the big theaters, but the story of Herman J. Mankiewicz’s efforts to develop Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane is an epitome of artistic achievement and in other words, a lesson to the aspiring filmmakers.A film that transcends pop culture and defies all contemporary notions is, at its core, a piece of art that stays true to 1940s America, and if looked closely, it is just like any other historical film told in a modern world.
Sherlock Holmes 3 is shelved for an indefinite period, revealed the director Dexter Fletcher.The first film of the franchise was released on 25 December 2009 in Ireland, the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the United Kingdom.The first film was based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.Sherlock Holmes is directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Lionel Wigram, Joel Silver, Dan Lin, and Susan Downey.The film was nominated for the Academy Awards under Best Art Direction and Best Original Score.The first movie’s plot follows Sherlock Holmes, a private detective, and his best friend, Dr. Watson.However, the third film is under wraps, and the studio has not revealed any details regarding it.Many writers submitted their version of the script, but Warner Bros. did not like their ideas.
For the upcoming movie Borat 2, the comedian Sacha Baron lived with two conspiracy theorists in his character.The film is shot during the pandemic COVID-19, which makes Borat the first project that is under production despite the lockdown.The first movie of the franchise titled Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a mockumentary comedy movie produced and starred by Sacha Baron Cohen.The movie was widely accepted by both critics and the audience and collected over $262 million worldwide against the budget of $18 million.Borat was nominated for the Academy Awards for the category of Best Adapted Screenplay.After the great success of the first project, the team is preparing the sequel of the movie titled Borat 2, which is scheduled to be released on 23 October 2020 by Amazon Studios on Amazon Prime.Sources: https://lizamartinee.wordpress.com/2020/10/22/borat-2-cohen-lived-in-character-with-conspiracy-theorists/After the release of the first project Borat, Cohen became a known comedian famous for creating exciting and elaborate pranks.Borat is one of the characters that the audience can not get bored of, and it always has something unique to serve to his fans.The release of the sequel, Borat 2, is just a few weeks away, and the team is revealing unique details about the project.
His Sherlock can pivot from bare-knuckle boxing to deductive reasoning.Now Downey, the producer, and actor of the film wants to turn Sherlock Holmes into a Cinematic Universe.Sherlock Holmes is a period action mystery movie based on the famous character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.The film is directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Susan Downey, Lionel Wigram, Dan Lin, and Joel Silver.The first film of the franchise was released on 16 December 2009, the sequel of the film, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, while the third one is scheduled to be released in 2021.The movie received positive responses from audiences and critics about its action sequences, costume design, story, Zimmer’s musical score, costume design, and the performance of Downey.Downey won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy and Musical, and the movie was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Score.The plot of the first movie revolves around the private detective Sherlock Holmes and his best friend and partner, Dr. John Watson, and they prevent the murder of a woman by Lord Henry Blackwood.
The movie is based on a nonfiction book titled I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.The Irishman is praised by audiences and critics as well.It was nominated for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor at 92nd Academy Awards.Along with Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, and Corey Stoll.Black Mass is directed and produced by Scott Cooper and written by Jez Butterworth and Mallouk.He controls the organized crime in South Boston and his right hand, Stephen Flemmi, hitman Johnny Martorano, and newcomer Kevin Weeks.Black Mass features unusual dynamic loyalty between an FBI and the gangster.The film got an approval rating of 73% based on 284 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10.The movie stars Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Robert Downey Jr.The movie is a masterpiece of a titular serial killer and the obsessive investigation into the unsolved horrors.
They are achievement awards given to films by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Listed below are some of our best picks of Oscar-winning films.The Godfather: Part IIYear of Release – 1974This American epic crime film stars Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, and Robert De Niro.The second installment of The Godfather Trilogy is partially based on Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel, The Godfather.The Godfather: Part II was nominated for eleven Oscars at the 47Th Academy Awards and became the first sequel to have won Best Picture award.CasablancaYear of Release – 1943This American romantic drama film is set during the Second World War.It focuses on an American expatriate who is in a situation where he can either choose love for the woman by turning her husband to the Police or help her save her husband and escaping from Casablanca to continue his fight against the Germans.Casablanca was an A-list film that won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.Lawrence of ArabiaYear of Release – 1962This British epic historical drama film is based on the life of T.E.Lawrence in the Ottoman Empire’s provinces of Hejaz and Greater Syria during the First World War.Lawrence of Arabia was nominated for ten Oscars while winning seven at the 35th Academy awards.All About EveYear of Release – 1952This American drama film is based on the 1946 short story by Mary Orr, The Wisdom of Eve and stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing and Anne Baxter as Eve HarringtonAll About Eve recorded a total of 14 nominations and won seven of them that included Best Picture and Best Actress.The Godfather: Part I Year of Release – 1972The first part of The Godfather Trilogy, The Godfather: Part I, stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and James Caan.The story chronicles the transformation of Michael Corleone from a reluctant family outsider to a ruthless mafia.The film won three Oscars at the 45th Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay.The French ConnectionYear of Release – 1971This American action-thriller film tells the story of New York Police Department detectives, Jimmy Doyle and Buddy Russo, whose real-life counterparts are two Narcotics Detectives, in pursuit of a wealthy French heroin smuggler.The film won five Oscars at the 44th Academy Awards that included Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.The ApartmentYear of Release – 1960It is a romantic comedy film that follows an insurance clerk, C. C. Baxter, who lends his Upper West Side apartment to his boss for sexual recreation in the hope of climbing the corporate ladder.
It is nominated for Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound Editing at the Academy Awards.In the house, they discovered dozens of booby traps and decaying corpses of two police officers.Boss recommended Kate to ask the task head of the Department of Justice and Department of Defense officers Matt Graver and Alejandro Gillick to apprehend lieutenant Manuel Diaz.The first movie came in 2015 and the second film was released in 2018, Sicario: Day of the Soldado.It featured Raoul Trujillo, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro are some actors from the original cast, and some new actors joined including Isabela Moner, Catherine Keener, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.The CIA officer Matt Graver gets orders from the United States government, and he applies charges on Mexican drug cartels suspected to smuggle the terrorists across the Mexico-U.S. border.After two years the team announced the third project of the franchise.
For several years, we have seen that winners of the Toronto Film Festival always find themselves a nomination spot in the biggest category of the biggest award function on the planet.A fan favorite at Toronto International Film Festival, Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland finally bagged what it deserved on Sunday night.The road odyssey could very well now find itself to be one of the drawing-room conversations happening all over the world as the gate for the Best Picture Award at 93rd Academy Awards is now open.Last year’s Toronto winner Jojo Rabbit by Thor: Ragnarök famed director Taika Waititi was a big deal at last year’s Oscars.Not only did it seal a nomination in the prestigious Best Picture category but also bagged an award in the Best Screenplay.Jojo Rabbit lost the award to Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite.In the last eight years, we have seen winners of Toronto scoring big at Academy Awards, and “Nomadland” has even increased its chances with blowing trumpets as it also won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, making itself the first-ever film in the history of the cinema to bag the award prizes at both the film festivals.A very strong social message was also delivered by TIFF as it made all the winners a film directed by a woman.Regina King’s “One Night in Miami” was the runners up(Another strong contender considered by Oscar pundits to win the nomination and even receive the Best Picture awards at Oscars).
Tom Cruise is going into outer space.He is Hollywood’s one of the A-listed stars and known for his characters in action-packed movies, including the macho character of Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible franchise.He also performs most of his stunts on his own.Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is an American producer and actor.He has received many awards for his work, including three Golden Globe Awards and three nominations for Academy Awards.Cruise began his career in the 1980s and gained popularity from films like Risky Business in 1983, Top Gun in 1986, The Color of Money in 1986, Rain Man in 1988, and many more.The tweet highlights that Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria, who manages the record of NASA spacewalk, will pilot the Axiom Space Station on a tourist mission in October 2021.
Forrest Gump author Winston Groom has died at the age of 77.The novelist – best known for his popular 1986 tale about a slow-witted but kind-hearted man from Alabama – died on Wednesday. News of his death was confirmed by Mayor Karin Wilson of Fairhope, Alabama, who said in a message on social media that he had died in the south Alabama town.According to the Associated Press, a local funeral home also confirmed the death and said arrangements were pending.His cause of death is not yet known. Winston’s Forrest Gump was adapted into a 1994 blockbuster film starring Tom Hanks in the lead role.It grossed more than $683 million (about £527 million) at the global box office, as well as winning six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Tom Hanks.Following the success of Forrest Gump, Winston wrote a follow-up, 1995’s Gump and Co.Winston graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965 before a spell in the US Army, which included a tour of duty in the Vietnam War.He was also a former journalist, also wrote non-fiction on a range of subjects, including the American Civil War.Alabama governor Kay Ivey was among those who paid tribute, writing on Twitter: “Saddened to learn that Alabama has lost one of our most gifted writers.“While he will be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a talented journalist & noted author of American history. Our hearts & prayers are extended to his family.”Saddened to learn that Alabama has lost one of our most gifted writers. While he will be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a talented journalist & noted author of American history. Our hearts & prayers are extended to his family. https://t.co/ywkZfZU5mU— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) September 17, 2020
Bradley Cooper kept his priorities straight as he isolated with his family in the coronavirus pandemic.The A Star Is Born actor made sure nobody entered his townhouse and nobody exited for at least one very important reason: his mother.“I’m with my daughter and my mother and my two dogs, and we have not left the house,” the Oscar nominee told his A Star Is Born co-star Anthony Ramos in an Interview article posted earlier this week.“My mother is going to be 80, and she has a colostomy bag, so I can’t let anybody in the house. And I can’t leave the house, because if she gets it, it’s over.” Gloria Campano Cooper has accompanied her famous son on several public outings, including the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony...... and the same awards show in 2013...Bradley – who shares a three-year-old daughter, Lea, with his ex, Irina Shayk – has been seen out recently at the beach with pal Jennifer Garner and is filming a new movie, suggesting the interview took place earlier in the summer summer, ET noted.READ MORE: Exes-You-Forgot-Dated Bradley Cooper And Renée Zellweger Reunited At The Oscars Edith Bowman Apologises After Sparking Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper Glastonbury Rumours Lady Gaga Dismisses 'Abysmal' Bradley Cooper Romance Rumours After Oscars Performance
Screenshot: Netflix Some of Netflix’s original TV shows and movies, including the Oscar-nominated Two Popes and horror thriller Bird Box, are now available to watch for free without a subscription, Gadgets360 reports. The free content, which also includes the first episode of Stranger Things, can be found here, and is available globally. Netflix confirmed the promotion in a statement given to Gadgets360. “We’re looking at different marketing promotions to attract new members and give them a great Netflix experience,” a spokesperson said. The free content includes a selection of films that can be watched in their entirety, but for TV shows only the first episodes are available. Here’s a full list of the TV shows and films available to watch for free: S... Continue reading…
Martin Scorsese is all set to work with Leonardo DiCaprio again in his next project with Apple TV+.Netflix produces Martin’s The Irishman, but Apple’s and Scorsese’s have long-term relationships and tie-ups.The duo’s movies have been nominated for around thirty-one Academy Awards and won nine of them.In the event, many celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Momoa and others were presented.It has signed many multi-years deals with reputed celebrities and creators, including Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Dre, Jason Katims, Monica Beletsky, and now Martin Scorsese.And the connection will help Apple TV+ to grow and reach more target audiences.
The old saying goes that a sequel is never as good as the original, and over the years, plenty of films have proved this to be the case.Fortunately for the makers of the upcoming Dirty Dancing sequel – which will see Jennifer Grey return after first playing Frances “Baby” Houseman more than 30 years ago – there are always exceptions to every rule.And Dirty Dancing isn’t the only 80s classic getting a revival, with a third instalment in the Bill And Ted film series set for release later this year.Let’s hope those new sequels can follow in the footsteps of these celebrated follow-ups, rather than the countless “part two” films that can be found in bargain bins the world over...Addams Family ValuesWe don’t use terms like “perfection” lightly, but if there were ever a perfect family comedy then Addams Family Values might well be it. The fact it’s actually a sequel to a less-revered live-action version of the classic cartoon is even more impressive.Obviously all of the cast members playing the creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and, indeed, altogether ooky family shine as brightly as their dark surroundings will allow (special shout-out to Anjelica Huston serving true macabre glamour as Morticia). But Addams Family Values really belongs to new addition Joan Cusack, who stars as Uncle Fester’s love interest Debbie.Toy Story 3Who’d have guessed that an animated buddy comedy about a toy cowboy and a plastic astronaut would have sparked one of the most lucrative film sagas of recent times?And while Toy Story 2 – released four years after the original – kicked things up several notches, it was the third instalment in the series that people really went wild for. Toy Story 3 served up adorable new characters, scooped an impressive Best Picture nomination at the Oscars and, crucially, delivered not one but two ugly-cry moments.Paddington 2Even though the original Paddington film was well-received when it first hit cinemas in 2014 – featuring a CGI version of the classic character interacting with live-action actors – few could predict just how beloved its sequel would go on to become.Not only was it nominated for Outstanding British Film at the Baftas, it’s also one of the few movies with a perfect score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. With 238 positive reviews, it’s also the highest-rated film on the entire website. Take that, Citizen Kane.The Dark KnightLike many, we were sold on The Dark Knight from the moment we saw its infamous viral marketing campaign (back in the day when viral marketing campaigns were actually still new and exciting).We could probably talk all day about how this film is a level up on Batman Begins, from Christopher Nolan’s direction, to the incredible costumes and special effects. But let’s be honest, this film is all about Heath Ledger, who earned a posthumous Academy Award for his unforgettable portrayal of the Joker.AliensAlthough the original Alien divided critics upon its original release in 1979, the film quickly garnered a loyal following, and by the mid-1980s, was revered among fans of sci-fi.Putting out a sequel was therefore always going to be a bit of a risk, but fortunately 1986′s Aliens more than lived up to its predecessor. It earned Sigourney Weaver a game-changing Oscar nomination as the star of a sci-fi film. It has also been named the Best Sequel Of All Time by Empire magazine.Mad Max: Fury RoadListen, we get it, Fury Road was billed as a “revisiting” of the original Mad Max trilogy, rather than a straight-up sequel or a traditional reboot.Still, the film was so well-received – check that 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes if you don’t believe us, not to mention its six Oscar wins – we felt we couldn’t leave it off this list. Plus, who would pass up the opportunity to see Charlize Theron in all her buzzed glory again?Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars has so many different instalments, and a fan community that stretches far and wide, that it would be literally impossible to decide which of the numerous sequels is the superior one.So while we’d struggle to pinpoint which of film is the best, we’ve gone with The Empire Strikes Back for the simple reason it contains arguably the most iconic moment in Star Wars history, when Darth Vader’s true identity is revealed.Terminator 2: Judgement DayHe said “I’ll be back”, and apparently he meant it, although it did take seven years.Terminator 2: Judgement Day was hailed as even better than the original film by many critics, who were wowed by the advanced special effects (which went on to win one of the film’s four Academy Awards).The success of Terminator 2 led to a number of additional spin-offs and sequels, although none of these have quite been able to match the original two films.Avengers: EndgameEssentially the sequel to around 100 other films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame was much-awaited when it hit cinemas in 2019, wrapping up stories that began in the Iron Man, Thor and Captain America film series.Fortunately, the majority of cinema-goers felt the ambitious project was worth the wait, with Avengers: Endgame landing rave reviews and becoming the highest-grossing film of all time (that’s second-highest, when adjusted for inflation).The Godfather Part IIThe first sequel to ever win Best Picture at the Academy Awards (the only other being Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King), Godfather II is so revered it was added to the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress due to its cultural significance, alongside the original Godfather film.The same can not be said for the follow-up, Godfather III.SkyfallAlthough Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace proved popular, many 007 fans still breathed a sigh of relief when Skyfall was released, as they felt it was more in keeping with the James Bond franchise than Daniel Craig’s first two outings.Skyfall won largely positive reviews from critics, many of whom praised the decision to give more material for Dame Judi Dench to work with, and became the highest-grossing film in the UK ever at that time. Follow-up Spectre was similarly well-received, with the Daniel’s fifth and final Bond film, No Time To Die, set to hit cinemas... soon. Let’s just say soon.MORE FILM: The Big Picture: Can Cinemas Survive Coronavirus? From La La Land To Chicago, A Countdown Of The 20 Best Movie Musicals Of The 21st Century 21 Films And TV Shows To Stream On Netflix If You Need Some Escapism In Your Life
Olivia de Havilland, one of the last remaining stars of Hollywood’s golden age and the oldest living Academy Award winner, died of natural causes on Sunday at her home in Paris. She was 104.Her publicist Lisa Goldberg confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter.Gracing the silver screen in both big and small roles, in a career stretching over 50 years, de Havilland was perhaps best known for her performance as Melanie Hamilton in “Gone with the Wind,” and for making multiple films with Errol Flynn. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, for “To Each His Own” in 1946 and for “The Heiress” in 1949.She is also forever enshrined in the history of workplace law, scoring a major legal victory over the Hollywood studio system in 1944 that became informally known as “the de Havilland law.” Her lawsuit against Warner Brothers resulted in California state regulations that limited the extent to which artists could be bound to contracts. It catalysed the eventual end of the powerful studio system, which often constrained actors’ career opportunities.De Havilland had a lifelong personal and professional rivalry with her younger sister, Joan Fontaine, which became a major part of her star persona and the stuff of Hollywood legend. The two actors ― the only pair of siblings to win Oscars in a lead acting category ― clashed over everything from their careers, to their romances, to their mother’s funeral. Fontaine, who died in 2013, said de Havilland resented sharing the spotlight and began antagonising her younger sibling as soon as she was born.“I remember not one act of kindness from Olivia all through my childhood,” Fontaine said in a 1978 interview with People magazine.Both were nominated for the Best Actress Oscar in 1941 ― Fontaine for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion” and de Havilland for “Hold Back the Dawn.” They were sitting at the same table when Fontaine was announced the winner.“I stared across the table, where Olivia was sitting directly opposite me. ‘Get up there, get up there,’ Olivia whispered commandingly. Now what had I done?” Fontaine later recalled in her memoir. “All the animus we’d felt toward each other as children, the hair-pullings, the savage wrestling watches, the time Olivia fractured my collarbone, all came rushing back in kaleidoscopic imagery. My paralysis was total.”Unlike her sister, de Havilland rarely spoke about the feud. But in an interview with The Associated Press for her 100th birthday in 2016, she referred to Fontaine as “Dragon Lady” and described their relationship as “multi-faceted, varying from endearing to alienating.”“On my part, it was always loving, but sometimes estranged and, in the later years, severed,” de Havilland said. “Dragon Lady, as I eventually decided to call her, was a brilliant, multi-talented person, but with an astigmatism in her perception of people and events which often caused her to react in an unfair and even injurious way.”De Havilland was born in Tokyo on July 1, 1916, to British parents. She grew up in California, where she and Fontaine, a year and a half younger, were raised primarily by her mother, a former theatre actor.As a teenager, she began performing in community theatre productions and gave up a college scholarship when she landed a role in a production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Hollywood Bowl. She reprised the role in Warner Brothers’ movie adaptation in 1935, which launched her film career.“It was an illustrious beginning,” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2015.The studio paired her with Flynn, who ended up being her co-star in a total of eight feature films. Their onscreen chemistry spurred rumours of a real-life romance, but de Havilland repeatedly denied it. Later in life, she admitted to having feelings for Flynn, saying that their last film together felt like a “loss.”“I experienced a sense of grief and loss, a terrible feeling, but couldn’t define it at the time. I had sort of a sense of that you may know a person one way but not others. Errol and I were not sharing experiences and life but instead sharing the lives of these characters we were playing,” she recalled in a 2006 interview. “But, oh, he did mean a great deal to me, but in that day, a woman did not declare her feelings for a man.” After the success of “Gone with the Wind,” de Havilland’s career continued to soar. In addition to winning two Oscars for Best Actress, she also received nominations for “Hold Back The Dawn” and “The Snake Pit.” In the latter film, released in 1948, de Havilland played a woman living in a psychiatric hospital after experiencing a mental breakdown. The movie’s realism inspired states to reform conditions in mental institutions.De Havilland grew tired of the film industry and her celebrity by the 1950s. She moved to Paris, where she would remain for the rest of her life, taking fewer acting roles and preferring reality over the artifice of Hollywood.“I loved being around real buildings, real castles, real churches—not ones made of canvas,” she told Vanity Fair in 2015. “There were real cobblestones. Somehow the cobblestones amazed me. When I would meet a prince or a duke, he was a real prince, a real duke.” Later films included “Light in the Piazza” (1962) and “Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte” (1964), co-starring her friend Bette Davis. She also returned to theatre and appeared on numerous TV shows, including the NBC miniseries “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna,” for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1987. As de Havilland got older, her deteriorating vision and hearing forced her to conduct interviews over email. Even in writing, though, she maintained her charm and wit and was candid about her career, including her experiences with sexism in Hollywood ― “a fact of life I simply had to accept,” she said in 2016.“Men felt threatened and mistrustful of women who had good ideas, and one had to employ immense tact when dealing with directors and producers,” she said. Men felt threatened and mistrustful of women who had good ideas, and one had to employ immense tact when dealing with directors and producers.Olivia de HavillandIn 1965, she became the first woman to serve as president of the Cannes Film Festival’s jury. The French government appointed her a chevalier of its Legion of Honor in 2010.U.S. President George W. Bush awarded her the National Medal of the Arts in 2008 “for her persuasive and compelling skill as an actor in roles from Shakespeare’s Hermia to Margaret Mitchell’s Melanie. Her independence, integrity, and grace won creative freedom for herself and her fellow film actors.”Although de Havilland retired from acting in 1988, she still made occasional public appearances to commemorate her films and career. As one of the only surviving stars of “Gone with the Wind,” she often attended anniversary celebrations of the classic film.She was met with a standing ovation when she introduced a presentation of previous Oscar winners at the 75th anniversary of the Academy Awards in 2003.“There have also been tributes and similar occasions that have called me back to Hollywood,” she said in 2015. “I’ve returned so often, I almost feel that I’ve never left.”Before she turned 100, she said that she hoped to live to 110. She remained in good health in her later years, regularly taking the stairs at her home in Paris and doing The New York Times crossword puzzle.At the peak of her stardom, de Havilland had several famous Hollywood romances, including with business mogul Howard Hughes, actor Jimmy Stewart and director John Huston. She married and divorced twice, first to American screenwriter and novelist Marcus Aurelius Goodrich. Their son, Benjamin, died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1991.She is survived by her daughter, Gisele, from her second marriage to French journalist Pierre Galante.
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