Screenwriters Colony is honoring a truly prolific artist this week in Warren Beatty. As much respect as I have for Beatty’s work, I was still awed by the sheer numbers. To begin with, Warren Beatty has been nominated for fourteen Academy Awards. I haven’t successfully poached an egg fourteen times. He’s chalked up four nominations for Best Actor, four for Best Picture, two for Best Director, three for Original Screenplay, and one for Adapted Screenplay – winning Best Director for Reds (1981). Wait – only one nomination for Adapted Screenplay? Someone get this guy some Intellectual Property to adapt – he’s due. Furthermore, he’s the first and only person to have been twice-nominated for acting in, directing, writing, and producing the same film – first with Heaven Can Wait (1978), and again with Reds (1981).
The list goes on. Beatty’s been nominated for eighteen Golden Globe Awards, winning six, including the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, which he was honored with in 2007. Among his Golden Globe-nominated films are Splendor in the Grass (1961), his screen debut, and Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Shampoo (1975), Dick Tracy (1990), Bugsy (1991), Bulworth(1998) and Rules Don’t Apply (2016), all of which he also produced. In 1999, he was awarded the Academy’s highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award. And on top of all the creative and professional accomplishments, he’s been married to Annette Bening (who has her own list of awards and honors) since 1992. They have four children together. This personal stuff matters, especially in an industry that quite simply can drive a person insane.
So we are beyond thrilled to honor and host Mr. Beatty, as well as Ms. Bening, at our 5th Annual Summer Soiree. Working and thriving in the entertainment industry is not digging ditches and most people with any sense try not to complain about its challenges since it is after all a voluntary endeavor. That said, it is incredibly challenging to navigate Hollywood and consistently produce quality work, let alone garner fourteen Academy Award nominations while wearing every hat in the business. Speaking of hats, ours is off to Mr. Beatty as we approach the night we will share in his honor.