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Ousted Oscar nominee

26 Feb

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

2017 marks the sixtieth anniversary of “The sun also rises”, the Darryl F. Zanuck movie version of Ernest Hemingway`s breakthrough novel “Fiesta”.

Errol, who received fourth billing, gave a fine performance as a world dreary old chap much like the Flynn of later years. This earned him a nomination as best supporting actor at the Academy Awards one year later. Here is what he had to say in an interview with EF biographer Tony Thomas in early 1958.

“Errol, the last picture in which we saw you, “The Sun Also Rises”, and even the critics who had not liked you before said that you were wonderful.”

“Well, if the critics said that, you know, it’s a kind word in a hard cruel world.”

“The news has just come through from Hollywood that you have been nominated for an Academy Award.”

“Yes, isn’t that something? I never thought it would happen to me.”

When however his nomination was mysteriously withdrawn with no official explanation given, it was anyone`s guess who had put a banana skin under the Ol` Swashbuckler`s shoe on that slippery slope towards Oscar called Red Carpet.

The five actors who were nominated were (the winner) Red Buttons in Sayonara, Sessue Hayakawa in Bridge on the River Kwai, Vittorio de Sica in A Farewell to Arms, Arthur Kennedy in Peyton Place and Russ Tamblyn in Peyton Place. The last one can be considered as the most likely substitute for our Hollywood hero.

While daughter Rory Flynn attributed the snub job to her father’s involvement with Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution (www.cinemaretro.com…), the book “Inside Oscar” blames the blunder on Twentieth Century Fox for the studio had listed him in their Oscar Campaign ads as Lead Actor, thus thwarting Errol’s effort to get one of those golden boys. The same mishap happened to Roddy McDowell for his role in the sand and sandal film “Cleopatra”.

Maybe it was then and there when Errol coined the phrase: “Hollywood has the utmost respect for the dead, but none for the living.” For once it was “Out and not in like Flynn”.

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

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My understanding is that he nixed it himself to avoid reporters questions about Beverly Aadland …

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David, This is what Deirdre Flynn told me personally. She told me that she and Beverly were in the hotel room when Errol got the call that he was being ‘considered’ for a nomination. The academy had to ask you if you want the nomination before they put it out there in the print media. Errol turned it down on the phone. She told me that he explained to her and Bev, that the only way he can be considered as ‘best supporting actor if the other four nominees played the same role. He didn’t buy into the fact that… Read more »

Thank you, Jack (and Dierdre) for that inside info!

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That’s fascinating. I had no idea that an actor/actress had to accept being Oscar nominated. I thought that only happened over here with our ‘Honours System’ – or ‘Dishonours System’ – going by some of those who have been elevated. Those chosen as recipients of peerages, knighthoods, OBEs etc,are informed privately and then accept or decline privately. This was instituted to save the Monarch (as the Fount of all Honour) from public embarrassment.

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To digress from Erroliana for one brief, unshining moment, what do you former colonials think of yesterday’s Oscars fiasco, and should ‘La La Land’ have won in actuality?!

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I watched an Academy screener of the film some time ago and basically hated La La Land. To give a Best Actress award for it blows my mind …

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David D: you and me both.

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I boycotted watching this years Oscars aka Razzies (and many previous) because it has slid into a morass of camp, cheap, arrogance, pseudo-acting, or to quote the Dalai Lama: “Much in the window; nothing in the room”. The screw up in presenting the best picture award was the icing on the cake; the politicizing of the whole deal was a total turnoff; many Americans are sick of the self-entitled pap coming from many of the millennial aged nominees…..yawn….got old years ago….no class no substance anymore, its all about being politically correct, race and – well, I’ll just quit there. Hope… Read more »

It was for those reasons that I ‘boycotted’ our piffling BAFTAs, though they did give best film award to ‘La La Land’ which I agree, is what movies should be about – entertainment. [The rest of this comment has been removed by the Admin because it breaks one of the comment guidelines of our blog. I am certain this was unintentional as the commenter is fairly new here. We do not discuss religion or politics unless it is Errol’s or his lack thereof. There are Grey areas, of course, but this was pretty obvious so I deleted that portion. Thanks… Read more »

Fear not Flynnmate Petronella! I, too, have been banished below decks and to the cooler!!

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That’s quite all right. I shall not try not to lose my head again. Having said that, I was heckled on TV once. I gave the man in the audience, who was being very rude , my standard response: ‘I am so sorry you aren’t feeling well.’ His reply was splendid and almost Errolian: ‘You wouldn’t be feeling well, either, if you had my wife and my income!’

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Actually I agree with PW, because in spite of it’s big budget, “The Sun Also Rises” is a very sad, depressing film to watch. It is beautifully produced and photographed but it is a grim story. I never even liked the novel. The Academy Awards is Hollywood’s chance to sell the movie industry to the public, with entertainment and glamour. Last night Hollywood made horse’s asses of themselves to the entire world. Ralph Schiller

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Current Hollywood notwithstanding, I strongly suspect that Errol Flynn’s “Best Supporting Oscar” nomination for “The Sun Also Rises” is myth and urban legend. Yes everyone in the film industry as well as movie audiences were buzzing about Errol’s magnificent work in the film. Hemmingway himself walked out of the theatre in disgust and said Errol Flynn was the only good thing in it. Yes I believe Fox may well have blundered in pushing for Errol to win a “Beast Actor In A Starring Role” Oscar but the only evidence of a formal nomination is Tony Thomas’ interview with Flynn. If… Read more »

I’d like to recall a friend of us all in both flesh and spirit and channel him to weigh in with his UNIQUE take: …Personally, I have no doubt that Errol wanted to be taken seriously as an actor, but I think he would have agreed with George C. Scott that acting awards are intrinsically ridiculous, that the idea of handing out such things is silly and wrong-headed – especially when handed out by a town he despised and felt was rotten to the core. He deeply cared what the audience thought about his performances, at least in his earlier… Read more »

Amen to that, Karl. Words of wisdom from Lincoln.

What Flynn deserves is formal recognition of his unparalleled greatness as an/the action/adventure actor. Pettywood will not give that to him, however. They remain too jealous of him and bitter that he would not cower to them. Doesn’t matter, though, as Errol rules supreme with whom it really counts, the public.

IMHO

P.S. Denzel was robbed. He was absolutely tremendous, far greater than Affleck.

P.S. 2 LA LA Land should have won. It was brilliant on every level, cinematic entertainment at its greatest.

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Thank you GENTLEman and ShangHEINZ for your good words on the man. Linc was addressing questions on the general subject of Academy recognition and shared some further thoughts. The venue was The Zaca Yahoo Group originated and captained by another MOST DEDICATED Flynnster, Brian Twist. (I, too, had the uniquely GREAT PRIVILEGE of also manning its helm for a time.) Linc, of course, was a published biblical scholar (Trinity International University, BA; Princeton, Masters; Oxford Doctorate, and a passionate champion of the new Flynnaisance. So, when he speaks of Flynn and other things, he has a certain informed perspective; here’s… Read more »

This has been the best read in awhile! How I wish Lincoln Hurst’s book had been published! I guess no news on that?

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