Oscars Remember Petro Vlahos

The 86th Annual Academy Awards – the Oscars, for short – featured no runaway winner, as the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress were split among four films.

Though neither of the two Greek-American nominees – Alexander Payne for directing and Phedon Papamichael for cinematography, both for Nebraska – won the Oscar, the Academy did remember in its memorial segment another Greek-American and three-time Oscar winner, Petro Vlahos, who died last year.

Alfonso Cuaron won for Best Director for the film Gravity, over Payne and the other director nominees David O. Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorcese (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) – not to be confused with the late actor Steve McQueen, who was also an Oscar nominee (1967 for The Sand Pebbles).

Director McQueen did share an Oscar with his castmates, however, as 12 Years a Slave took the honor for Best Picture over American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity,  Her, Nebraska, Philomena, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Matthew McConaughey was selected Best Actor in the Dallas Buyers Club, over Christian Bale (American Hustle) Bruce Dern (Nebraska) Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave).

Cate Blanchett was awarded the Best Actress Oscar for her starring role in Blue Jasmine, chosen over Amy Adams (American Hustle), Sandra Bullock (Gravity) Judi Dench (Philomena), and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), who has been nominated for 18 Oscars throughout her illustrious career (she won three times), more than any other actor – male or female – in history.

The Best Supporting Actor award went to Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club – the other nominees were Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), and Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street).

Lupita Nyong’o was chosen as Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave, over Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Julia Roberts (August), and June Squibb (Nebraska).

Vlahos, an inventor who held over three dozen patents, was instrumental in the development of bluescreen technology, used in epic films such as Ben Hur and Mary Poppins, and later used by other technicians in the Star Wars films.

Vlahos won three Oscars – and also an Emmy – for his scientific and technological innovations.





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