Friday, May 16, 2008


This morning I was reading a little piece by James Mottram in The Times Of London

What’s up with Woody Allen?

All about how even at seventy-something years old, the pedophile director won’t stop working (and turning out junk).

There’s a funny quote in there:

When Mike Leigh was asked whether he liked the work of his fellow director Woody Allen, he responded in a way that many of us have been secretly thinking too: “Radio Days would be on my desert island with me, but if you wanted to subject me to excruciating torture, you’d send me there with a copy of Match Point. I wouldn’t survive 24 hours.”

Then the writer mentioned:

Match Point (2005) may have earned Allen his 21st Oscar nomination – for Best Original Screenplay – but this did not hide the fact that his once-great works have given way to a series of below-par films.

And I got to thinking,  “21 oscar nomination? Is that right? Does he mean his films have earned a total of 21 nominations or Woody himself has 21 nominations”.

I knew he won a couple for writing and directing the still brilliant Annie Hall and for writing the also wonderful Hannah And Her Sisters. And I know that they always seem to nominate him even for crap like Deconstructing Harry.

But man, 21 seems like a lot.

So I looked into it (what a way to blow a morning)...

Sure enough, Woody has 21 oscar nominations. 

Wow, looking the list over, he even got a nomination for the Alice screenplay? What didn’t get nominated in 1990 then?

Nomination wise,  all the films he’s directed, have earned a whooping- well you can count em.

Annie Hall (1977)
Best Actress: Diane Keaton
Best Director: Woody Allen
Best Picture: Charles H. Joffe
Best Screenplay : Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
Best Actor: Woody Allen 3

Interiors (1978)
Best Actress: Geraldine Page
Best Supporting Actress: Maureen Stapleton
Best Art Direction: Mel Bourne, Daniel Robert
Best Director: Woody Allen 4 
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen 5

Manhattan (1979)
Best Supporting Actress: Mariel Hemingway
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman  6

Zelig (1983)
Best Cinematography: Gordon Willis
Best Costume Design: Santo Loquasto

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Best Director: Woody Allen 7
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen 8

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen 9

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Caine
Best Supporting Actress: Dianne Wiest
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen
Best Art Direction: Stuart Wurtzel, Carol Joffe
Best Director: Woody Allen 11
Best Film Editing: Susan E. Morse
Best Picture Robert Greenhut

Radio Days (1987)
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration: Santo Loquasto
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen  12 

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Best Supporting Actor: Martin Landau
Best Director: Woody Allen 13
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen 14

Alice (1990)
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen 15

Husbands and Wives (1992)
Best Supporting Actress: Judy Davis
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen 16

Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Best Supporting Actress: Dianne Wiest
Best Supporting Actror: Chazz Palminteri
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Tilly
Best Art Direction: Santo Loquasto, Susan Bode
Best Costume Design: Jeffrey Kurland
Best Director: Woody Allen 17
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen, Douglas McGrath 18

Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Best Supporting Actress: Mira Sorvino WINNER
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen 19

Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen  20

Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Best Actor: Sean Penn
Best Supporting Actress: Samantha Morton

Match Point (2005)
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen  21


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