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We might be a bit late in welcoming one of our most recent newlyweds to the block but we’re going to make up for it with a real wingding. Huzzah and woohoo to Amagansett’s Brad Falchuk, who has made some serious Hollywood hay in this past year and during the 2019 award season for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”
Not only did the limited series, produced by Falchuk, Ryan Murphy and their team, lead the Emmy Award nominations (nine nods and three wins), the spellbinding show also cleaned up at the American Film Institute Awards, the Writers Guild Awards and the Golden Globes. Additionally, Falchuk earned the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television from the Producers Guild of America.
Next up for the uber-busy producer is a South American-based film update to “Dirty Dancing” that he wrote and a television move called “One Hit Wonders,” which will focus on three has-been pop stars who team up for a comeback. Sounds like some delicious guilty-secret fun!
Of course the East End has many famously talented folks, as evidenced by every single awards season.
This year, we definitely have gotta give it up to Gaga, who earned the Best Performance By An Actress in a Leading Role at the Critics’ Choice Awards (tying the legendary Glenn Close by the way) for her role in the latest “A Star Is Born” film. She was also awarded Best Original Song by the Golden Globes for “Shallow,” and nominated for Globe for her acting as well. Other nominations for the Lady who gave us anything but “Poker Face” in this movie came from the Academy, BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild and the AACTA International Awards.
The talented performer and advocate has also earned a bevy of accolades for her philanthropic work, which includes her own Born This Way Foundation and a couple dozen others. Love it! Currently in residence at the Park MGM in Las Vegas and performing her “Enigma” show through the end of the year, she’s also got a few Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano concert gigs coming up there, featuring stripped down versions of her hits and music from the Great American Songbook.
Congratulations are also in order for “First Reformed” screenwriter and director Paul Schrader, who visited Guild Hall in January for a Sag Harbor Cinema screening and fundraiser. The renowned writer won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for the film, which stars Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried and was shot with digital cameras. Best known for “Raging Bull” and “Taxi Driver,” he’s recently completed writing the screenplay “The Jesuit.”
Lastly, ovations all around for former East Hampton resident Barry Sonnenfeld, whose “Paterno” has earned him a seventh career Directors Guild of America Award nomination and a pair of Primetime Emmy nominations as well.
And don’t forget that this brilliant filmmaker, with credits such as the “Men In Black” trilogy and the “The Addams Family” movies, also acted as producer and showrunner of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” on Netflix, which had a great run for three delightful seasons. The Emmy Award-nominated Outstanding Children’s Program, starring East Hampton’s Neil Patrick Harris, had critics using the word “art” over and over again to describe it.
Next up for the current Telluride resident is a producer role for “Men In Black: International.” Starring Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson, the film is currently in post production.