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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on
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Eli Wallach Appreciation: How Oscar Finally Got It Right After Nearly 60 Years Of No Nominations

Eli Wallach Appreciation: How Oscar Finally Got It Right After Nearly 60 Years Of No Nominations
I like the fact that Turner Classic Movies announced today a special 11-hour tribute to the now-late and always-great Eli Wallach, who died last night at age 98. He was such a magnificent actor, particularly onstage, where he won a Tony in The Rose Tattoo or on TV in countless performances including his Emmy-winning turn in 1966′s Poppies Are Also Flowers. His movie roles were memorable too, but he never quite got that truly great moment onscreen that could have ignited his film career and sent it in a different direction. It’s true he was terrific as the evil Calvera in 1960′s The Magnificent Seven (which […]
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R.I.P. Eli Wallach: 1915 – 2014

Oscar, Tony, and Emmy-winner Eli Wallach has passed away at the age of 98. Wallach, a Method actor who was an original member of the Actor's Studio, was perhaps best known for his role as Tuco, aka 'The ugly', in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Sergio Leone's 1966 spaghetti western is one of my all-time favorite films, and Wallach is unforgettable in it. He's filthy, crass, unrefined, and absolutely charming. His character has one of the best pieces of advice of any chatty killer: "When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk." It's a line that perfectly sums up his character in the span of less than ten seconds. He's ruthless, unfair, and funny, and Wallach made the character feel real rather than contrived or exaggerated. Hit the jump for more. During his 65-year career, Wallach appeared in more than 80 films, numerous Broadway productions (he won a Tony for
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Curse against 'Star Trek' at the Oscars and Emmys?

Curse against 'Star Trek' at the Oscars and Emmys?
Doesn't matter how much film critics and movie-goers adore "Star Trek: Into Darkness." Every Oscarologist knows that the film is doomed as it boldly goes into the next Oscar derby. Forget the possibility of "Star Trek: Into Darkness" earning anything more than a few stray nominations in the tech categories – and even those are a longshot. Only four of the past 10 "Star Trek" movies nabbed Oscar bids: 12 total and only one paid off with a win (best makeup, "Star Trek" of 2009). Actually, the previous TV incarnations of the franchise scored poorly too. The original "Star Trek" series never won an Emmy in any category, not even in the tech slots. However, it reaped 13 noms over all, including two for Best Drama Series. It lost in 1967 and 1968 to "Mission: Impossible." Leonard Nimoy was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, but he lost to Eli Wallach ("Poppies Are Also Flowers
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Poll: Did Leonard Nimoy win an Emmy for 'Star Trek'?

Monday, we trekked through a worm hole together to revisit the TV series "Star Trek" when it competed at the Emmys in 1967 for best drama series. Now let's beam ourselves into "Star Trek's" other big Emmy battle: best supporting actor. Those are the only two award categories in which it competed during its brief three years on NBC.   It's odd that Leonard Nimoy was the only cast member nominated for acting, a feat he repeated all three years. Mr. Spock not only was the least emotionally flashy role aboard the starship Enterprise, the character prided himself upon expressing no emotion at all! Hey, did Mr. Spock have a secret Vulcan death grip on TV academy voters? If so, did he ever win for "Star Trek"? After voting below, check out the answer here. Answer: In 1969, Leonard Nimoy lost to Werner Klemperer, who portrayed a silly, bungling Nazi commandant on "Hogan's Heroes.
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