Theatre & Film

Enjoy a trip to the Greek Oscars...

by GreeksConnect Team



The Oscars are just some days far. This year, the Greek Director George Lanthimos is the absoulute "Favourite" to win the best movie Oscar. There have been already 6 Greeks who have won an Oscar already...GreeksConnect remembers them and presents them for your eyes only...

Katina Paxinou - 1944 - Best Supporting Actress - "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

  • During the 16th Oscar Awards, in 1944, presented in Grauman’s Chinese Theater, in Los Angeles, the most significant ancient-tragedy actor, Katina Paxinou becomes the first Greek actress ever to be honored with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for incarnating Pilar, in “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, by Ernest Hemingway. It was the first time that the ceremony was held in a theater and not a restaurant, and it was also the first time that the Best Supporting Actors/Actresses win an Oscar Statuette and not an honorary plaque. For that same acting, Paxinou also won a Golden Globe. Paxinou dedicated the Oscar prize to the allied soldiers and, above all, to her colleagues at the National Theater, who worked under unbearable conditions under the German yoke and the poverty of the German Occupation. "I wish they are still alive, though I doubt it" came to her thanksgiving speech.
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    Manos Hadjidakis - 1960 - Best Music - "Never On Sunday" 

    • The self-exiled Jules Dassin directed in 1960 the legendary film “Never On Sunday”, starring Melina Mercoruri, with the music of Manos Hadjidakis, and having Theoni Aldredge as costume designer. Naturally, the film was nominated for 5 Oscars: Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Music, Original Song. It finally won the Best Music Award, but there was no one there to receive the Oscar. the leading Greek composer had no intention of attending the ceremony, obeying his dislike of the awarding ceremonies. The enormous success of the song annoyed Manos Hadjidakis and the only time he was invited to pose together with his Oscar, after pressure from the photographers, borrowed that of Katina Paxinos, because he claimed he did not find any of his own! It was lost, he said, somewhere in Yugoslavia. A long time after that, the Academy sent him an exact copy.



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    • Theoni Alderedge - 1975 - Best Costimes - "The Great Gatsby" 

    • Theoni Aldredge born in Thessaloniki, studied at the age of 27 for Chicago, she won the 1975 Academy Award for her impressive costumes in The Drama of the Era, The Great Gatsby, dressing mainly in white the mysterious Robert Redford and the romantic One Faro and creating retro fashion trend with her signature at Bloomingdale's department stores. Aldredge continued her career in the cinema, dressing her good friend Fay Danaway in Three Days of Conrad, Network and Eyes of Lora Mars, although she always felt more comfortable and creative in her physical space, the theater.


    • Michael Cacoyanis - 1964 - Best Cinematography - "Zorba the Greek" 

    • In 1962, “Electra”, by Michael Cacoyannis (his first time in the Oscars), was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Unfortunately, the film “Sundays and Cybete” prevailed. Two years laters, his film “Zorba the Greek”, won three Oscars (Best Supporting Actress for Lila Kedrova, Best Cinematography,  for Walter Lassally and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration for Vassilis Photopoulos. The film was also nominated for Best Actor in leading role, Best Director, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. A few years later, in 1978, in the 50th Oscar Awards, Michael Cacoyannis and his “Iphigeneia” are nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, but the french “Madame Rosa” was the winner


    • Costa Gavras 1970 - Best Foreign Film - "Z"

    • The film “Z” by Costa Gavras, which presents the murder of the lefttist MP Grigoris Lambrakis was nominated for two Oscars in the 42nd Academy Awards, in 1970, representing Algeria. It won the Best Film Editing Oscar and Best Foreing Language Film.


    • Vangelis Papathanasiou - 1982 - Best Music - "Chariots of Fire"

    • Despite the presence of vocal names such as John Williams, Randy Newman, Dave Gruzin and Alex North in the category of best music, Vaggelis Papathanassiou was the favorite in the 1982 Oscars. The unforgettable musical background of the pioneer in electronic music, former Aphrodite's Child, on the Chariots of Fire, with the famous march of the Olympic Games, was already a huge success in the US and the evening turned in favor of the sport drama from Hugh Hudson. Vangelis did not receive his prize because he was always afraid of getting into an airplane, a principle that he did not even beat for the sake of an Oscar prize.


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