Kirk Douglas represented the embodiment of Hollywood stardom, however he possible wouldn’t have been a fan of Sunday’s Oscar present. Certainly, he may need ended up standing offstage with Quentin Tarantino, each questioning why the ceremonies appear oddly distanced from each Hollywood and its stars.
Tarantino made a downright affectionate film about Hollywood, however needed to watch a Korean filmmaker seize the Greatest Image statuette. Quentin and Kirk know that the Oscar present had initially been invented by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Charlie Chaplin to show that the expertise – i.e., stars – nonetheless ran the present, not the companies.
Ninety years later, star automobiles don’t win Oscars. Additional, post-Oscar analysts focus much less on the profitable function and its star than on whether or not Netflix’s lavish $100 million awards marketing campaign paid off in ample trophies (the streamer received 24 nominations however solely two Oscars).
Kirk Douglas Appreciation: ‘Spartacus’ And A Complete Lifetime Of Film Reminiscences
Douglas coveted the awards derby. He was nominated 3 times as Greatest Actor in his first decade as a star and normally starred in three motion pictures a yr. “I used to be all the time drawn to characters who’re half scoundrel,” was his well-known clarification.
To Douglas, stardom meant not solely working so much but additionally placing his status behind essential motion pictures – therefore Lonely are the Courageous, Lust for Life and Spartacus. Rallying behind the then-unknown Stanley Kubrick was important to bringing Paths of Glory to the display screen. His unrelenting assist of Dalton Trumbo was the important thing to liberating blacklisted screenwriters.
Within the early 1960s when the strapped studios eradicated their general offers with stars, Douglas was probably the most aggressive in creating unbiased firms to develop tasks. Others like William Holden, Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy appeared paralyzed by the conclusion that nobody was round any extra to feed them materials or match them with applicable administrators.
After I as soon as slipped a e-book to John Wayne some years in the past – it was True Grit – he appeared stunned that somebody would truly feed him a brand new venture (I used to be a studio govt on the time). Had I donated it to Douglas, he would have optioned the novel by supper time and employed a screenwriter. As a substitute, Wayne requested his good friend, Hal Wallis, to assist him determine find out how to take it from there.
Kirk Douglas skillfully put collectively a growth slate, and even raised financing funding. Oscar winners like Crash or Birdman, nevertheless, wouldn’t have been in his purview, nor would he have reacted exuberantly to the Massive Win for Parasite. He favored “large” photos and “large” stars that had worldwide audiences. On the Oscar present, he additionally would have favored to see extra clips of massive scenes, and heard from extra stars presenting awards – extra Brad Pitt sorts and maybe even a Clooney, Cruise or Gibson. Most of all he would have favored an Oscar present that featured Hollywood.
However my guess is that this yr he personally would have solid his vote for Parasite however rooted for Tarantino’s Hollywood epic.