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Picture Arts and Sciences.
In March 2003, I spent five
days working as a
member of the production staff for the 75th Annual Academy Awards.
Specifically, I was involved in the preparation and execution of the
telecast's "Previous Oscar Winners Reunion" segment (seen below). Though it was
hard work, I did get the
opportunity to meet and even chat with several of the classic movie stars
who took part in the festivities, among them
Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, George Chakiris,
Olivia de Havilland,
Claude Jarman Jr.,
George Kennedy, Martin Landau, Karl Malden,
Rita Moreno, Patricia Neal, Margaret O'Brien, Jack Palance, Luise Rainer,
Mickey Rooney, Eva Marie
Saint, Maximillian Schell and Teresa Wright.
There is a certain level of discretion
required of Oscar staff members which prevents me from telling any
specific stories about anyone. However, I can say that the classic
movie stars with whom I worked were all very cooperative and easy to get
along with. Not one of them disappointed me, and overall, it was a
I am frequently asked how I
got my job at the Oscars, and the answer is that the Academy came to me.
The producers needed someone with certain classic movie-related
qualifications to do a specific job, and a member of the staff who was
familiar with Reel Classics suggested me. Thus, I'm afraid I don't
have any great insider information for anyone looking for Oscars-related
employment. Mine was not a job for which the Academy took
Below are three different
versions of a photo taken of the "Previous Oscar Winners Reunion." All are large files and
may require some extra time to download. Click on the buttons below
to see the full-sized version.
NOTE: The images on this page are the copyrighted
property of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.