This year alone, Greek Australian George Miller is nominated for the furious Mad Max: Fury Road.
|Katina Paxinou, 1944|
Four years later, Elia Kazan, the son of Greeks from Istanbul, was awarded Best Director for “Gentleman’s Agreement.”
In 1952, Kazan was nominated for Best Director for “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
In 1955, Elia Kazan won the Oscar for Best Director Oscar for the film “On the Waterfront.” A year later, Kazan was a candidate again for his work on “East of Eden.”
|Manos Hadjidakis, 1961|
In 1963, “Electra” by Michael Cacoyannis was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. In the same year, Giorgos Chakiris won the Oscar for Supporting Actor in the “West Side Story” movie. He was the first actor to win an Oscar for a dance role.
A year later, Red Lanterns by Vassilis Georgiadis was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. In the same year, Elia Kazan was a candidate for an Oscar in the categories of Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay for “America, America.”
In 1965, Michael Cacoyannis’ “Zorba the Greek” had four nominations. It finally won the Art Direction award for Vassilis Fotopoulos.
In 1966, “Blood on the Land” by Vassilis Georgiadis was nominated in the category Best Foreign Language Film.
In 1968, John Cassavetes, who was born in New York to Greek-American parents but lived the first years of his life in Greece, was a candidate for Best Supporting Actor for “The Dirty Dozen.”
The following year Cassavetes was nominated again, this time for Original Screenplay for the movie “Faces”, which he wrote and directed.
In 1970, Kostas Gavras, the Greek director who emigrated to Paris and is Greece’s chief cinematographer of political cinema, was nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for “Z.”
|Theoni Vachlioti, 1975|
A year later, Chris Sarandon (or Christopher Sarantopoulos), former husband of Susan Sarandon, was candidate for Best Supporting Actor in “Dog Day Afternoon.”
In 1978, “Iphigenia” by Michael Cacoyannis was nominated in the category Best Foreign Language Film.
|Vangelis Papathanasiou, 1982|
The following year, Kostas Gavras won Best Adapted Screenplay award for the film “Missing.”
In 1988, Olympia Dukakis won Best Supporting Actress award for “Moonstruck.”
In 2001, Christina Lazaridis was nominated for Best Short Film for “One Day Crossing.”
In 2003, Greek-Canadian Nia Vardalos was nominated for Best Original Screenplay Oscar “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
|Alexander Payne, 2006|
In 2011, Dogtooth by Giorgos Lanthimos earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
The following year, Alexander Payne returned with five nominations for “The Descendants.” He won the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay.
In 2014, Payne returned with six nominations this time: Nebraska was a nominee for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay, while another Greek, Phedon Papamichael was nominee for Best Cinematography.
In 2015, Greek-French composer Alexandre Desplat won the Best Music Award for “Grand Hotel Budapest.” Desplat was also nominated for Best Music in 2007 (The Queen), 2008 (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), 2010 (Fantastic Mr Fox), 2011 (The King’s Speech), 2013 (Argo) and 2014 for “Philomena.”
This year, the Greek element is represented by veteran director George Miller, a Greek origin Australian. Miller is nominated in 10 categories for his dystopic masterpiece “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Source: Greek Reporter