Did your favorite film win an Oscar (pictured above)? If your favorite film was: “Weekend at Bernie’s”? I’m sorry. It won no awards. But if your favorite was “To Kill a Mockingbird”…Yes, it won 3 Oscars! Eg, Gregory Peck (“the most handsome man ever” according to my wife) won Best Actor as Atticus Finch! But if you had checked with the website: www.Imdb.com you would have no trouble answering that question.
Imdb is short for Internet Movie Data Base. It contains a wealth of information about films. It has information on many people involved with film making: such as Actors, Actresses, Directors. It gives everyone’s biography, photos, awards. For every film, it gives you the cast, storyline, box office earnings, script samples, etc. There are trailers for films. The section “Born Today” gives you names and career summaries for those having a birthday on whatever day you visit the site. And perhaps most important: it enables you to answer questions like these:
How many Oscars does George Clooney have?
Who is M. Emmet Walsh and what films have you seen him in?
Who directed the 2 versions of “True Grit?”
How much money was earned by “Annie Hall”?
Is the dialogue from “Casablanca” as great as you remember?
For the answers to these questions, keep reading…
George Clooney has won 2 Oscars. For Best Supporting Actor (2006) in “Syriana” and as one of the Producers of “Argo” (2012).
Emmet Walsh (pictured above) is a wonderful character actor who has worked in television and films since 1968. He was Harrison Ford’s boss (Bryant) in “Blade Runner.” He battled Denzel Washington in “The Mighty Quinn”. And in “Blood Simple”, he aided the Coen brothers in their first film. He was also in “Ordinary People”, “Reds”, and many other films. Roger Ebert said of him: “No movie featuring Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.”
“True Grit” in 1969 starred John Wayne and was directed by Henry Hathaway; And in 2010 the film starred Jeff Bridges and was directed by Ethan and Joel Coen.
“Annie Hall” was the Oscar winning Best Picture (1978), along with winning 3 other Oscars and brought in $39,200,000.
“Casablanca” won 8 Oscars in 1944, including awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. I think the writing holds up. Here are some samples you probably remember:
“Here’s looking at you, kid.”
“Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Woman: “Where were you last night?” Rick: “That’s so long ago, I don’t remember.” Woman: “Will I see you tonight?” Rick: “I never make plans that far ahead.”
Victor Laszlo: “Are you enough of a businessman to appreciate an offer of 100,000 francs?” Rick: “I appreciate it, but I don’t accept it.”
Rick and Sam
Rick: “You know what I want to hear.”
Sam: “No, I don’t.”
Rick: “You played it for her, you can play it for me.”
Sam: “Well, I don’t think I can remember.”
Sam: “If she can stand it, I can. Play it!”
Note: Rick never says: “Play it again, Sam.” But it all still works 73 years later.