Legendary actor Robert Mitchum to receive an honorary oscar
Published by Angela Marie Suor on Jul 17, 2009
Category: Films & MoviesRegion: GLOBALTarget: Academy of Motion
Arts and SciencesWeb site: http://www.myspace.com/theofficialrobertmitchum
Robert Mitchum (1917-1997) was an underrated American leading man of
enormous ability who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest.
In 1945, he was cast as Lt. Walker in Story of G.I. Joe (1945) and received
an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor.
His star ascended rapidly, and he became an icon of 1940s film noir, though
equally adept at westerns and romantic dramas. His apparently lazy style and
seen-it-all demeanor proved highly attractive to men and women, and by the
1950s, he was a true superstar despite a brief prison term for marijuana usage
in 1949, which seemed to enhance rather than diminish his "bad boy" appeal.
Though seemingly dismissive of "art," he worked in tremendously artistically
thoughtful projects such as Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955)
and even co-wrote and composed an oratorio produced at the Hollywood Bowl by
A master of accents and seemingly unconcerned about his star image, he played
in both forgettable and unforgettable films with unswerving nonchalance, leading
many to overlook the prodigious talent he can bring to a project that he finds
compelling. He made the screen breathe and will be remembered as one of the
greatest actors who ever lived.
We, the undersigned, call on the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences to do
away with the rule regarding not giving deceased actors honorary Oscars and
bestow this much deserved award to one of the greatest actors of all time.