Hugh Hudson dies: Oscar-nominated ‘Chariots of Fire’ director aged 86

Hugh Hudson, whose first feature directing effort chariot of fire The winner of four Academy Awards, including best picture, has died, according to a statement from his family obtained by the BBC. He was 86.

Hudson began her career producing documentaries and television commercials, which she continued after her big screen success. chariot of fire. He worked for Ridley Scott Associates (RSA) with Alan Parker, Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. His first filmmaking work was as Parker’s second unit director Midnight Express.

Vincent Canby wrote of Hudson’s Oscar-winning debut in 1981: “It is a credit to both Mr. Hudson and Mr. Wayland. [Colin Welland wrote the screenplay] that chariot of fire At once romantic and sensuous, lyrical and comic. … It’s an exceptional film, about some exceptional people.

Also credited for the film’s music was composer Vangelis, with whom Putnam worked. Midnight Express and who won an Oscar for his now-classic score for the film.

Chariots of Fire was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Director for Hudson, and took home four. These include the aforementioned Best Picture and Original Score, as well as Best Original Screenplay for Welland and Best Costume Design for Milena Canonero.

Hudson’s other works include Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes in 1984 which received four Oscar nominations; revolution, starring Al Pacino; And The Lost Angelswhich was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.

his I dreamed of Africa In 2000, it was named the closing film of the Cannes Film Festival, starring Kim Basinger.

Hudson won the Grand Prix Cannes Lions Award in 1972 for Levy’s “Walking Behinds” spot and in 1978 for her Coty L’Aimant “French Lesson” work. In 2003, he was awarded the Special Award at the 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

The director’s family issued the following statement on his death: “Hugh Hudson, 86, beloved husband and father, died on February 10 at Charing Cross Hospital after a short illness. He is survived by his wife Mary, his son Thomas and his first wife Sue.

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