From Myazaki to Scorsese, many old men at the Oscars

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From Myazaki to Scorsese, many old men at the Oscars

It may not necessarily be a place for women, as the nominations for co-ed awards demonstrate, but Hollywood remains a city for old men. Martin Scorsese 81 years old, Hayao Miyazaki 83, Wim Wenders 78: the age of the candidates, one of the most controversial issues of the American presidential elections with the octogenarians Joe Biden and Donald Trump on the track, does not seem to be a problem in view of the night of stars of March 10th.
In contrast with Quentin Tarantino who last year, on his 60th birthday, announced that his tenth film will also be his last, Killers of the Flower Moon, The Boy and the Heron and Perfect Days, directed by three directors well past retirement age are in the running for one or more statuettes at the next Academy Awards. Miyazaki is nominated for best animated feature film: if, as expected, the first film by the Japanese animation wizard since 2013 – the year in which he announced his retirement from cinema – wins the Oscar, its author will be two decades the oldest in the history of its category.
Killers of the Flower Moon is in the running for 10 statuettes including best film while Scorsese is the oldest director candidate so far. Honored for lifetime achievement at the Producers Awards, Martin quoted Alfred Hitchcock when he accepted the same honor in 1985: “When you get it you have to pinch yourself to make sure it's not a posthumous award.” Meanwhile, Wenders, as Japan's candidate, is competing among international films with Perfect Days, while Ridley Scott's Napoleon (86 years old and a new Gladiator in the pipeline) competes in two technical categories. So there are those who say we are living in a golden age of Methuselah filmmakers. They are not at the 2024 Oscars, but Michael Mann of Ferrari (81 years old), Clint Eastwood (93) and Francis Ford Coppola who has just finished his self-financed project Megalopolis at the age of 84 continue to work intensely from America.
Marrying the tradition of crime fiction with that of Westerns, Scorsese has revisited and challenged clichés and clichés of American cinema in his latest film. Helping him in the task was the three-time Oscar winner for editing Thelma Schoonmaker who at 84 years old (50 of whom collaborated with Martin) is nominated for the ninth time.
Other 'great old men' in the running include composer John Williams, 92, at his 54th nomination for best soundtrack (a record) thanks to Indiana Jones and the Quadrant of Destiny, but also Robert DeNiro, in the running for best supporting actor in Scorsese's film about the murders in the Osage tribe: the record this time is the period of time between this and his first nomination 49 years ago for the second chapter of the Godfather saga.

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