Tonight – ta dah! — the Academy Awards, the eighty-first. When the first Awards were handed out on May 16, 1929, movies had just begun to talk. How far the art and science of filmmaking has come. The Golden Globes, for their part, started in 1943, and are 66 years old. Why have both for movies? Who knows? But one interesting fact is that, throughout the years, many films that won the Golden Globes have also won Oscars. And some of those winning both were filmed in New York City.
This amazing city, with its tapestry of locations, has often been called as much a character in the movies as the actors.
Some of the featured locations in these past Oscar winners were:
The Lost Weekend (1945): Directed by Billy Wilder and winner of four Oscars and three Golden Globes, this film starred Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. It depicts the desperate life of an alcoholic through a four day drinking bout. Scenes were filmed at P.J. Clark’s, and the most startlingly frank scenes were done in Bellevue Hospital. This powerful film on alcoholism has lost none of its punch.
The Apartment (1960): Also directed by Billy Wilder, and winner of five Oscars and three Golden Globes, this romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine took place mostly in an apartment at 205 Columbus Avenue, at the corner of 69th. Other scenes took place at the Majestic Theater, 247 West 44th Street in the theater district, and at Sardi’s, 234 West 44th Street.
The French Connection (1971): Also reaping 5 Oscars and 3 Golden Globes, this thriller masterpiece stars Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, two NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau who stumble onto drug smugglers with a “French connection”. Scenes were filmed at The Roosevelt Hotel at 45th Street and Madison; and the pulse-pounding car chase was filmed (over five weeks) beneath the Bensonhurst Elevated Railway – 26 blocks of Brooklyn’s Stillwell Line from Bay 50th Street Station along Stillwell, into 86th Street and finally right into New Utrecht Avenue, ending at 62nd Street Station, where the final shootout takes place.
Tootsie (1982): Winner of an Oscar and three Golden Globes. Dustin Hoffman stars in this comedy gem about a stubborn actor who, desperate for work, poses as a woman in order to land a role on a soap. Hoffman’s female persona quickly becomes the most popular on the show, inspiring women everywhere to become independent of men. Complications arise when Hoffman finds himself falling in love with his vulnerable female co-star, played by Jessica Lange, and his female guise finds herself romantically pursued by two men, one Lange’s father and the other a male co-star. How can Hoffman find his way out of this without losing Lange and his job? The soap scenes were filmed at the National Sound Studios at 460 West 42nd Street; Hoffman’s character’s apartment is at 15-17 West 18th Street; and the famous scene with director Sydney Pollack took place in The Russian Tea Room.
The city stars again …
Movie awards links:
Lost Weekend: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037884/awards
The Apartment: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053604/awards
French Connection: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067116/awards
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