The Academy Awards will take a few moments during their broadcast next month to pay a special tribute to the late writer/director John Hughes, who passed away last August. It’s an unusual move for the awards show, which normally confines their honoring of filmmakers and actors who have passed away in the preceding year to a single montage segment.
The fact that both Oscar hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin have worked with Hughes may have something to do with it. But it may also have to do with how Hughes’ films managed to be both rooted in the 1980s while at the same time addressing themes that transcend their decade, making them accessible to audiences of following generations.
It is not known who will be taking part in the tribute, but the possibilities are endless, from the actors who worked with him to the filmmakers who were inspired by him.
In the meantime, the latest issue of Vanity Fair has an in-depth profile of Hughes. As the director himself was fairly reclusive after he quit Hollywood in the early 1990s, it is possible that a piece this insightful could have only been written after his passing. I would recommend the online version as it contains some additional material not found in the print version.
Via Deadline Hollywood.