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Don't White Wash The Black List
Maker: Alex Moloutas; Henry Niller Garcia
Date Made: 1999
Place Made: North America: United States; California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 77 cm x 56 cm; 30 5/16 in x 22 1/16 in
Main Subject: Socialism & Communism; Art and Culture
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Don't White Wash The Black List This is the Oscar That Was Withheld From Blacklisted Screenwriters Michael Wilson and Carl Foreman Until After Their Deaths, For The Film Bridge On The River Kwai Oscar Courtesy of Becca Wilson, photo by Slobodan Dimitrov Poster by Alex Maloutas & Henry Niller (RRGD) Oscar © A.M.P.S. ®
Acquisition Number: 1999-067
Under copyright; used by CSPG for educational and research purposes only. Distribution or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
This poster opposes giving Elia Kazan a lifetime achievement award at the Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles in 1999. Kazan, whose films include On The Waterfront (1954) and East of Eden (1955), created a furor in 1952 when he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). At first he admitted to his own membership in the Communist Party, but refused to give the names of others. After four months, he changed his mind and identified eight fellow directors and actors as members. Kazan's refusal to apologize for that testimony or for the hardships it caused his friends made him an outcast in many Hollywood circles. The executive council of the Eastern unit of the Writers Guild of America voted to protest against the Academy's decision to present an honorary Oscar to Elia Kazan, accusing Kazan of causing irrevocable harm to the lives and careers of several professional colleagues with his HUAC testimony. Approximately 700 protested outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, while inside, the audience was divided and many refused to join the standing ovation or applaud. The Oscar used in this poster was awarded for the film Bridge On The River Kwai, but withheld from blacklisted screenwriters Michael Wilson and Carl Foreman, until after their deaths.