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Can George W. Bush win Oliver Stone another Oscar?

May 9, 2008 | 10:53 am

Oliver Stone, the one-time darling of the Academy Awards, has not been in an Oscar race since 1995 when he was nominated for his "Nixon" screenplay. While that biopic about the fall of the 37th president lost all four of its Oscar bids, Oliver Stone's newest movie, "W" — about the current president — could put him back on top.


As you can see from this cover of the upcoming Entertainment Weekly, Josh Brolin eerily embodies the 44th President just like his dad James bore a strong resemblance to Ronald Reagan when he portrayed him in a 2003 TV miniseries. Also, Elizabeth Banks is an uncanny Laura Bush. Surprisingly, Stone, who won the first of his three Oscars for the adapted screenplay of "Midnight Express" in 1978, did not write "W." Rather, his long-time collaborator, Stanley Weiser, scripted while Stone directed and produced the picture.

Oliver Stone pulled off a rare feat with two writing Oscar nods in 1986 for "Salvador" and "Platoon," though he lost to Woody Allen for "Hannah and Her Sisters." However, Stone did win the directing Oscar for "Platoon," which was also the best-picture winner. He won a second directing Oscar in 1990 for "Born on the Fourth of July" and had Oscar nods for producing and writing that film as well. Stone was Oscar nominated in the same three categories two years later for "JFK."

Stone won the DGA for the same two films that earned him directing Oscars — "Platoon" and "Born on the Fourth of July" and won the WGA for his "Midnight Express" script. He had four more WGA nods that mirrored his Oscar nominations for writing, save for "Nixon." And he won five Golden Globes — three that matched his Oscar wins plus a screenplay Globe for "July" and a directing Globe for "JFK."


Since "Nixon" in 1995, Oliver Stone has directed four films. "U Turn" (1997) was a failed film noir with Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Jennifer Lopez. "Any Given Sunday" (1999) was a modestly successful look at pro football, notable for giving Jamie Foxx his first dramatic role. "Alexander" (2004), an ambitious but seriously flawed historical epic, earned six Razzie nominations, including three for writer/director/producer Stone. And "World Trade Center" (2006), which earned some excellent reviews for handing such difficult subject matter but failed to make its mark come awards time.

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