Showing posts with label Academy Awards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Academy Awards. Show all posts

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Chaplin & the Oscars

Charlie won three Academy Awards--two honorary and one competitive.

At the first Academy Awards presentations ceremony in 1929, he was given a special award was for “Versatility and genius in writing, acting, directing and producing” his 1928 film, The Circus.

Charlie's Academy Award for The Circus.

Sydney Chaplin jokingly claimed that his father used the Oscar as a doorstop for years, but the pictures below tell a different story.

Chaplin's office at his studio, unknown date. His special Oscar for The Circus is on display on the mantle (in the center). (Photo from Silent Traces by John Bengston)

Charlie at his Beverly Hills home, c. 1945.
 His Oscar is on the bookshelf behind him on the far left.

Chaplin was presented with an Honorary Oscar in 1972 & returned to America after a 20 year absence to accept it in person. He received the longest standing ovation in Oscar history.
His 1952 film Limelight won for Best Original Score in 1973, twenty years after its initial release because the film had not been shown in Los Angeles until that time.

Charlie in Los Angeles holding his Honorary Oscar.

Chaplin was nominated for Academy Awards for The Great Dictator (1940) and Monsieur Verdoux (1947) but he was against awards in general. When the New York Film Critics voted him Best Actor for The Great Dictator, he declined the award stating that he did not believe actors should compete against one another and questioned the “process of electioneering” that is “far afield from sound critical appraisal." He was also allegedly hurt that only his work as an actor had been deemed memorable. According to his son Sydney, he sent back one award he had won with a note that said, “I don’t think you are qualified to judge my work."

Michael Jackson visits Oona Chaplin at the Manoir de Ban, June 1988. Michael is holding Charlie’s honorary Oscar and his award for Best Original Score. Oona is holding his award for The Circus. Family friend Rolf Knie is holding Chaplin's BAFTA Fellowship Award which he received in 1976.

Original Chaplin film montage from the 1972 Academy Awards ceremony

This montage is slightly different and perhaps a bit longer than the one seen at the end of the 1992 Chaplin film. It was compiled by Peter Bogdanovich & Richard Patterson, who directed the 1975 documentary, The Gentleman Tramp. The man speaking at the very beginning is Academy president Daniel Taradash.

Charlie must have loved hearing the audience's laughter during these clips.

Note: This footage is extremely copyrighted (©AMPAS) so I'll try to keep it posted as long as possible.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chaplin & the first Academy Awards ceremony

The ceremony was held on May 16th, 1929, the second anniversary of the founding of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel. Although Chaplin was to receive an award, he was not among the 270 in attendance.

William C. DeMille, older brother of Cecil B., was the banquet chairman, and the statuettes were handed out by Academy President Douglas Fairbanks. According to the Academy's "Anniversary and Awards" bulletin of June 3rd, 1929, when the time came to present Chaplin's award, Mr. DeMille said the following:
"A special first award for writing, directing, acting, and producing 'The Circus' goes to Charles Chaplin. I think he is the only one to whom the Academy has or ever will give a first award to one man for writing, directing, acting and producing a picture. It takes us back to the old days. Mr. Chaplin is not here, due to cold feet but he has wired his high appreciation of the honor."*
Chaplin's wire read:
"I want to express to the Academy my deep appreciation for the special honor the Academy judges have conferred upon me. I regret deeply my inability to be present at the anniversary dinner tonight." (Anniversary & Awards Bulletin, 6/3/29)
*This award was recently stolen from the Association Chaplin office in Paris. 

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