Posts tagged ‘Academy Awards’

An Academy Award for Tom Ortenberg

Tom Ortenberg ’82 had a pretty great Sunday night. Ortenberg is the CEO of Open Road Films, the company that distributed the Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, Spotlight. Additionally, Ortenberg was one of the film’s executive producers.

While I didn’t see Spotlight, just about every review that I’ve read says that it’s an outstanding movie. It tells the story of a group of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe who dig into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Boston. Currently, it has a 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, a 93/100 on Metacritic, and an 8.2/10 on IMDb.

In addition to the two awards it won, Spotlight was nominated for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Film Editing.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

February 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm 1 comment

Big Honors for “Our Lady”

full_francisca_halamajowaGot an e-mail yesterday from Judy Maltz, one of the three Penn State faculty members behind the film No. 4 Street of Our Lady, which we wrote about in our Nov-Dec 2008 issue. She was writing to say that the film won the grand prize for best feature documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival last weekend.

The film tells of the heroism of a Polish Catholic woman, Francisca Halamajowa, who successfully hid 16 of her Jewish neighbors from the Nazis during World War II. One of those she saved was Herb Maltz, Judy Maltz’s father.

What’s especially cool is that the Rhode Island International Film Festival is an Academy-Award qualifying festival—meaning that No. 4 Street of Our Lady may be eligible to compete for an Oscar.

Tina Hay, editor

August 12, 2009 at 9:21 am Leave a comment

Chip Kidd on Robert Downey Jr.

Our favorite book designer, Chip Kidd ’86, has designed some great book jackets, written a few books, and now has an article in today’s New York Times Magazine. It’s their annual “Great Performers” edition, pegged to the upcoming Academy Awards presentations, and Chip contributes an article about Robert Downey Jr.’s performance in Iron Man. The character of Iron Man had his start in Marvel Comics, and Chip is kind of the quintessential comic-book fan, so he’s perfect for the assignment.

In the article, Chip talks about the reaction of comic-book fans when they heard Downey would be playing the title role: “This was too good to be true. Why? Well for one thing, he’s a real actor. If there’s anything die-hard comics fans want it’s for their fantasies to be taken seriously. We have an insatiable ache for credibility so we can continue to play with our toys.”

And he offers an observation about Downey’s well-publicized battle with substance abuse: “It was public and prolonged and excruciating to watch, mainly because we genuinely liked him so much. He was the über-cool son of your arty uncle who had so much potential and just couldn’t get his act together.”

Downey wasn’t nominated for any Oscars for his role in Iron Man, by the way, though the movie itself received two nominations: in Movie Editing and in Special Effects. You can see a list of this year’s Oscar nominees here.

Tina Hay, editor

February 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment


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