This ongoing series celebrates films that have been honored at the Academy Awards.
NOVEMBER: HOLLYWOOD CHINESE
November’s Oscar® Sundays are programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese: The First 100 Years, guest programmed by Arthur Dong.
For November’s Oscar® Sundays, I’ve programmed four films not only for their artistic achievements, but also for how they might be reconsidered through a contemporary Hollywood Chinese lens.
I probably watched every Academy Awards show since they began televising in 1953 (although I was in my mother's womb for the first one). I’d join the legions of armchair critics who cheered and scoffed at the honorees, mainly because of personal preferences, not from any intellectual perspective…at least not until some twenty years ago when I began scrutinizing the representation of the Chinese in Hollywood feature films, including the titles here, which were among my favorite Oscar-recognized movies.
Join me Sunday evenings this November when we can both marvel at the creation of Oscar magic on the big screen, and also look at how distinguished instances of cinematic expressions might reflect the values of an awards system, and how these choices influence the ways we perceive each other and interact as global citizens.
DECEMBER: PRESENT PAST
Presented in conjunction with our month-long celebration of newly restored films, the films screening in December are Los Angeles restoration premieres of Oscar-winning or nominated films.
JANUARY/FEBRUARY: JOHN WILLIAMS
John Williams may be the only film composer since Henry Mancini who can truly be called a “household name.” He began his career in music as a jazz musician, an orchestrator, and a session musician for film composers.
He scored his first feature film in 1958, and in the decades
since he has earned five Oscars and received 52 Academy
Award nominations, making him second only to Walt
Disney as the most nominated individual in Academy
history. Williams has written some of the most popular and
instantly recognizable themes in film history, including Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Superman (1978), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001).
Williams has announced that following Steven Spielberg’s upcoming The Fabelmans (2022) and the fifth Indiana Jones film, he will retire from film scoring. To honor his extraordinary career and his upcoming 91st birthday, we are screening seven of the films that earned him Oscar nominations.