EXTRA! EXTRA! 2011 Golden Globe Awards: Connections (#33)

68th Annual Golden Globes

Sitting here watching the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,  I’m reminded about a number of tonight’s stars I’ve had the good fortune to work with.  L.L. Cool Jay and Blair Underwood were presenters in the show.  I worked as Post Production Supervisor with them on “Krush Groove,” (1965) for Warner Bros., which is widely credited as being the first Black Rap film.

Steve Buscemi won a Golden Globe for Best Actor  and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” in the Best Dramatic Series category.  I’m  reminded of when I was a kid spending so many wonderful summers during the 40’s and 50’s in Atlantic City. Of course it wasn’t the violent place portrayed in the TV series or at least I don’t think so.

Al Pacino won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Mini-Series for HBO’s TV Movie  “I don’t Know Jack,” the true story of Dr. Jack Kavorkian, who served time in prison for putting people with terminal illnesses out of their misery.  When Al Pacino won a Tony Award for Best Actor in “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie,”  his manager “Sandy Bressler offered me his services for $50,000 to play the lead in “Malcolm Winkler,” (1969) which was going to be produced by me and directed by Steven Spielberg; but when I floated Pacino’s name around the Black Tower at Universal it didn’t gain any traction.

Robert De Niro was presented with the Cecil B. Demille Award for Lifetime Achievement.  One of his memorable performances was for “The Taxi Driver,” (early 70’s) a project I unsuccessfully struggled for about a year to get off the ground.

And finally congratulations to Colin Firth, who won a Golden Globe as Best Actor for “The King’s Speech.” Colin gave a wonderful performance in “Apartment Zero,” (1988) a wonderful off-beat movie set in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the time of Civilian Disappearances orchestrated by the Military.  James Franco was a best actor nominee for “127 Hours.”  I worked with him on the motion picture “Camille” (2007).

Golden Globe Winner Colin Firth