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November 26, 2021 at 2:27 pm #1204608211
Legendary songwriter Stephen Sondheim has died at the age of 91.
While he was best known for his work in the musical theatre, he actually managed to win an Oscar for writing the song ‘Sooner or Later’ from the 1990 film, Dick Tracy. Not to mention that several of the musicals he co-wrote served as the basis for Oscar-winning feature films such as 1961’s West Side Story, 1966’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1977’s A Little Night Music, and 2007’s Sweeney Todd.November 26, 2021 at 4:53 pm #1204608398
Poignant that in his 90s, Stephen Sondheim is connected to two major contenders this year.
Best Supporting Actress - Kathryn Hunter, Ann Dowd, Martha Plimpton, Judi Dench, Ruth Negga
Best Supporting Actor - Troy Katsur, Ciarán Hinds, Alex Hassell, Bertie Carvel
Best Actress - Tessa Thompson
The Tragedy of Macbeth in Directing, Production Design, Cinematography and thee Kathryn Hunter
Mass in Original Screenplay
The Great - Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and comedy writingNovember 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm #1204608514
Sondheim seemed like he would live forever…and truthfully, he will.
What a monumental figure he was/is to the theatre world…and he was a truly important part of my life growing up and discovering what I wanted to pursue with my life.
Rest in Paradise, sir.
“The art of making art is putting it together...”
FYC in all eligible categories:
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PassingNovember 26, 2021 at 8:31 pm #1204608631
Such a sad loss. Hopefully Steven Spielberg will put a tribute to him in West Side Story’s end credits.November 27, 2021 at 6:58 am #1204609072
I don’t know if they’ll still be able to do that at this point. I imagine that the film has to be completely finished by now (especially since it begins screening for critics this Monday).November 28, 2021 at 8:02 am #1204610524
Doesn’t mean they still can’t do one last-minute tweak. I remember reading a report in Variety that prior to the 2020 Oscars ceremony, the In Memoriam clip package was all edited and ready to go, but then when Kirk Douglas died just days before the ceremony, they went back and edited him into the montage to make him the final person.November 28, 2021 at 8:03 am #1204610528
Casting director/producer Don Phillips passed away. https://deadline.com/2021/11/don-phillips-dead-dazed-and-confused-fast-times-at-ridgemont-high-casting-director-melvin-and-howard-producer-1234880977/November 29, 2021 at 6:59 am #1204612234November 30, 2021 at 8:19 pm #1204616520
Two more passings:
Actor/stuntman Tommy Lane. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/tommy-lane-dead-shaft-actor-stuntman-1235054903/
Publicist Laurane Sheehan passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/laurane-sheehan-dead-entertainment-publicist-1235055043/December 1, 2021 at 8:39 pm #1204618786
Former child actress Jonshel Alexander, whose sole credit was as Joy Strong in Beasts Of The Southern Wild, was tragically shot and killed. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/ex-child-actor-beasts-of-the-southern-wild-shot-killed-1235056044/December 2, 2021 at 8:46 pm #1204622010
Actor Eddie Mekka passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/eddie-mekka-dead-laverne-shirley-star-was-69-1235056231/December 3, 2021 at 1:49 pm #1204624361
Actor Antony Sher passed away. https://deadline.com/2021/12/sir-anthony-sher-obit-1234884240/December 6, 2021 at 6:35 am #1204629692
Producer Martha De Laurentiis, widow of legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/martha-de-laurentiis-dead-producer-hannibal-red-dragon-1235057500/December 8, 2021 at 8:25 pm #1204638926
Actress Rhonda Stubbins White passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/rhonda-stubbins-white-dead-tyler-perry-ruthless-1235059747/December 9, 2021 at 6:17 am #1204639562
If Jane Campion should win the Oscar next year, I wonder if she’ll dedicate her win to her. That’d be nice to see.Not now
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