Things You Should Know About Woody Allen and The Oscars

Woody Allen just received an Academy Award on Sunday for Best Screenplay for Midnight in Paris, but did you know he has been nominated 23 times in total but never attend the ceremonies? There are many facts like this one about Allen and The Oscars that most people don’t know.

Here are a few interesting ones:

Before The Artist he has paid tribute to films from the 30’s:


In the 1973 film Sleeper, Allen mimics the slapstick physical comedy of films from the 1930’s starring Buster Keaton or The Marx Brothers. He even uses the same “campy” style of fast paced jazz in the background common in those types of films. The fact that the film is set in a very Art-Deco looking “Future” makes the contrast of edgy visual style/old school action and music even more interesting.


His 1985 film The Purple Rose of Cairo is about an a character  that comes out from the screen on a movie theater into the real world in 1930’s New Jersey.






Before Forrest Gump won the Oscar for Special Effects,  Allen’s used montages of himself into archive footage on Zelig

 In  his 1983’s film we can see Allen interacting with old political figures, sports icons and even The Beatles.


He has been nominated 23 times in total, but refuses to go to the ceremonies 

He is famously known for not attending the ceremonies and refuse to acknowledge any of his wins, calling the awards ” a commercial vehicle for the Industry”. The only exception was when he attended the awards in 2002, not to give or receive any statues, but to encourage filmmakers to keep filming in New York after the 9/11 attacks.

Woody Allen has won four times,  three Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris (2011), Anna and Her Sisters (1987), Annie Hall (1988),  and one Best Director: Annie Hall (1988).

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