In connection with today’s Oscar presentations, I thought I’d take advantage with a simple sharing of some photos from the recent Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Despite the fact I have absolutely no opinion on who will win an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing or Mixing, and I haven’t seen any of the Live Action Short Films, I will sit throughout the over-inflated presentations with interest. I haven’t seen all of the nominated films and I’m not even sure I can identify all of the nominated actors in the “best performance” categories.
Maybe I watch primarily out of curiosity. Who will walk away with the coveted award, and which talents will be overlooked?
Despite numerous nominations, Stanley Kubrick only won one Academy Award in 1969 for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
He never won an Academy Award for Best Director, but this exhibit certainly cements my impression that he was extremely talented.
The exhibit, featuring more than 1,000 objects pulled from Kubrick’s personal archives, begins with early photographs taken for Look Magazine, and continues on through his many directorial achievements from the 1950s through 1990s.
It surprised me to note how several iconic visuals were extremely familiar despite the fact I haven’t seen many of the movies. Some Kubrick films, like The Shining and A Clockwork Orange, are simply too much movie for me.
Perhaps that was one of my personal “take-aways” from viewing the exhibit. As a cinematic artist, Kubrick’s attention to detail created bold visual images that often make a very strong emotional impact.
So if some of your favorite movies or actors do not come out on top of the award heap tonight, think of Kubrick. He didn’t receive a statuette in the category that most identified his career, but film history will record him as a genius.
How many of the costumes and props can you identify?
I haven’t seen most of Kubrick’s films, but I walked out of the LACMA exhibit convinced of his artistic genius.
But I didn’t take any photos in the room devoted to A Clockwork Orange…like I said, it’s a little too much movie for me!