6th article in our 7 week series on Psychological Thrillers.
In the previous article we looked at five Oscar winning psychological thrillers, in this one we’ll look at the winners to see if they went on to do anymore movies, in the same genre that were Oscar nominated or won. As there are many talented people who have worked on these movies and won, we thought it best to narrow it down to one person of each film and one or two movies that they went on to work on. If we didn’t we’d be here for a very long time! Also, Inception hasn’t been included because it was only released in 2010 and the winners haven’t had time to make other psychological thrillers. Feel to add more or even discuss their past work in the comments!
George Barnes won the Best Cinematography award for Rebecca in the 13th Oscar ceremony . It was his first time working with Alfred Hitchcock and Selznick International Pictures but it was not his last time either. In 1945 they teamed up to make Spellbound and had 5 nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Special Effects, Best Music and Best Supporting Actor) in the 18th Academy Awards. Unfortunately, Spellbound only won in Best Music .
The French Connection
Gene Hackman, who won Best Actor in the 44th Academy Awards for his role in The French Connection, has been nominated 5 times for an Oscar and won again for his supporting role in Unforgiven. Although those nominations are for either for crime or drama films, he has been in another Oscar nominated psychological thriller film. In The Conversation, Gene stars as Harry Caul, a paranoid man who works in secret surveillance. Haunted by a previous case which ended badly, he tries not to make the same mistake again. However on a new case, he can see the same tragedy happening again and starts to obsess over the meaning of one ambiguous conversation. In the 47th Academy Award Show it was nominated in 3 categories, Best Film, Best Sound and Best Original Screenplay .
John Williams won his 2nd Oscar for his score for Jaws in 1976 . His next psychological thriller (albeit in a Sci-Fi setting) would be in 2002 for Minority Report working again with Steven Spielberg. The film is set in the future where crimes can be viewed in advance and police can stop it before it actually happens. It is believed to be an almost perfect system but when one of the police officers is reported to soon commit a murder, he is force to go on the run. He must figure out what could possibly happen for him to go against everything he believes in before the event happens and to clear his name. It was nominated for Best Sound Editing . Next up, was another Spielberg/Williams collaboration in 2005 that fared a little bit better than Minority Report at the Oscars. The historic psychological thriller film, Munich, is based on the true story of revenge over the murder of Israeli athletic team at the Munich Olympics in 1972. Although at first it doesn’t seem to be a psychological thriller, the main character is soon faced with problems over who can be trusted and whether revenge is necessary. For this film, it was nominated for Best Director, Best Music Score, Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film. Sadly it didn’t win in any of the categories .
The Matrix Trilogy
Although the first film was released in 1999, like Inception, there hasn’t been much time for the nominees to do other type of film genres before coming back for another shot at psychological thriller films. One person has though. Janek Sirrs, who won the Best Visual Effects Oscar with his other two colleagues, went on to work on The Prestige in 2006 . The film is about two rival magicians who try to outwit and outperform the other, with one of them becoming obsessed by it. The movie earned two Oscar nominations in Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography .
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