A Golden Globe Award® for Spartacus

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Lot 143
A Golden Globe Award® for Spartacus

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The Front Office: Writers, Directors and Producers in Hollywood
A Golden Globe Award® for Spartacus
Gilt metal globe mounted on a marble pedestal, with a plaque inscribed, "'Spartacus' / Best / Motion Picture / Production / Universal / International / Hollywood Foreign / Press Association / March 16, 1961." The 18th annual Golden Globe Awards® ceremony was held on March 16, 1961 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Along with this win, Spartacus received 5 Golden Globe Award® nominations. In hiring blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo to pen the screenplay, producers Edward Lewis and Kirk Douglas (who also played the title role) were instrumental in ending the Hollywood blacklist. Based on the 1951 novel by Howard Fast, the epic film centered on a rebellious slave who becomes a gladiator and eventually leads a revolt against the Romans. Footage initially deemed too risqué for the screen (featuring co-stars Laurence Olivier and Tony Curtis) was later restored to the 1991 version of the film. Until 1970, the picture was Universal International's most profitable.
Provenance: Property from the Collection of Edward and Mildred Lewis.
3 x 3 x 9 in.

Footnotes

  • EDWARD LEWIS. 1919-2019.
    Writer and Producer Edward Lewis was born in New Jersey and trained as a dentist before turning his talents to writing and producing. His first big-screen production was the Kirk Douglas epic Spartacus, which won Lewis a Golden Globe® for best picture. Lewis effectively ended the blacklist in Hollywood by hiring writer Dalton Trumbo and "fronting" for him, only revealing the ruse to Universal at the end of production. The film won a Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture—Drama and several Academy Awards®, including Best Supporting Actor for Peter Ustinov. Lewis collaborated frequently with director John Frankenheimer, and he and his wife Mildred produced the Academy Award®-nominated film Missing, starring Jack Lemmon. In 1983 Lewis produced the television mini-series, The Thorn Birds, winning a Golden Globe® for that effort as well (see lot 144).
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