Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ed Wood

YearCountry Feature

Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Bill Murray, Lisa Marie, Juliet Landau and Vincent D'Onofrio
Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, based on the book Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr. by Rudolph Grey

The life of cult filmmaker Edward D. Wood Jr., eccentric artist, loyal friend to aging horror icon Bela Lugosi, cross-dresser and, most infamously, the worst movie director of all time.


  • Internet Movie Database: 8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 92% / Audience: 83 %
  • Metacritic - Critics: 70% / Audience: 8.6%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Landau) and Makeup.
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards for Best Actor (Landau) and Music.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Landau) and Makeup/Hair.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor (Landau); also nominated for Best Picture - Comedy/Musical and Actor - Comedy/Musical (Depp).
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Landau), Cinematography and Music.
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Landau) and Cinematography.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Landau) and Cinematography.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Landau).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

  • Casting Call: Debra Winger.
  • Bill Murray plays Bunny Breckinridge, the openly gay actor and drag queen best known for his only film appearance, as "The Ruler" in Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space.
  • Johnny Depp has said that his characterization of Edward D. Wood Jr. was a mixture of "the blind optimism of Ronald Reagan, the enthusiasm of the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz and Casey Kasem."
  • Co-stars Martin Landau and Juliet Landau are father and daughter.
  • Original Plan 9 from Outer Space cast members Gregory Walcott and Conrad Brooks have cameos. 
  • Ed Wood cost more to produce than all of Ed Wood's films put together.
  • Martin Landau's Academy Award win for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi marked the first time in Oscar history that an actor won for playing an actual movie star.

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