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The Best Picture Project – Ordinary People (1980)

Directed by Robert Redford

Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, from the novel by Judith Guest

Starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton

Robert Redford isn’t the first actor to step behind the camera. As far back as the silent films, with Fatty Arbuckle, Chaplin and Keaton, actors have really only wanted to do one thing: direct. And Redford isn’t even the first to get some sort of Academy recognition for it either. Laurence Olivier directed Hamlet to the Best Picture, though he lost out director to John Huston, and Warren Beatty was nominated twice for Best Director in the 70s, before finally winning his Oscar the year after Robert Redford won his. And this win by Redford wasn’t just something the Academy did to throw an actor a bone, but was part of a real Ordinary People admiration society, a film that got six nominations, and four wins. Continue reading

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