Oscar Actors: Sidney, Sylvia–Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

At age 63, Sidney was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the domestic melodrama, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, playing Joanne Woodward’s hard-bitten mother.

Passer, Ivan: Czench New Wave Leader and American Emigre Director Dies at 86

January 16, 2020–Ivan Passer, leader of the Czech New Wave, who directed American films including Cutter’s Way, died Thursday in Reno, Nevada. He was 86.

Oscar Actors: Pryce, Jonathan–The Two Popes (Cumulative Advantage)

In 2020, Jonathan Pryce earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Pope Francis in The Two Popes. At 72, he is one of the oldest first-time nominees.

Oscar Artists: North, Alex–Film Composer (14 Nominations)

In 1986, he became the first composer to receive an Honorary Oscar, perhaps a compensation for never winning a competitive Oscar, despite 14 nominations.

Directors: Jewish Filmmakers in Hollywood (Immigrants and U.S. Born)

Born on May 21, 1902 as Mikhail Anatol Litvak in Kiev (then part of the Russian Empire) Anatole Litvak grew up in a Lithuanian Jewish family. As a teenager, he worked at a theater in St. Petersburg and took acting lessons at the state drama school. Litvak worked with Leningrad’s Nordkino Studios as assistant director […]