Charles Brackett
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8 Nominations / 4 Wins
Role Producer, Screenwriter
Born November 26, 1892
Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Died March 9, 1969
 

Charles Brackett was an American producer and screenwriter. He was known for his frequent collaborations with Billy Wilder. He was president of the Screen Writers Guild (1938–1939) and was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1949 through 1955. He won three Academy Awards and received an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1959. Brackett either wrote or produced an additional 39 films during his career. From 1936 until 1950, Brackett worked with Billy Wilder as his collaborator on thirteen movies, including the classics The Lost Weekend (1945) and Sunset Blvd. (1950). Wilder was the more profane of the two partners, while Brackett held to his upper-crust upbringing and was known as the "gentleman" of the pair. Their social and cultural backgrounds often clashed, but Brackett acknowledged later in his life that Wilder's basic instincts about human nature were invaluable to their collaboration. By the late 1940s, a schism based on personal, creative, and contractual differences, festering for many years, began to threaten the partnership. Brackett and Wilder split in 1950, upon the completion of Sunset Boulevard.

Wins

18th Academy Awards, 1945
Best ScreenplayThe Lost Weekend (shared with Billy Wilder)
23rd Academy Awards, 1950
Best Story and ScreenplaySunset Blvd. (shared with Billy Wilder)
26th Academy Awards, 1950
Best Story and ScreenplayTitanic (1953) (shared with Walter Reisch and Richard Breen)

Special and Honorary Awards

30th Academy Awards, 1957
Honorary Award for outstanding service to the Academy

Nominations

12th Academy Awards, 1939
Best ScreenplayNinotchka (shared with Billy Wilder and Walter Reisch)
14th Academy Awards, 1941
Best ScreenplayHold Back the Dawn (shared with Billy Wilder)
18th Academy Awards, 1945
Best ScreenplayThe Lost Weekend (shared with Billy Wilder)
19th Academy Awards, 1946
Best ScreenplayTo Each His Own
21st Academy Awards, 1948
Best ScreenplayA Foreign Affair (shared with Billy Wilder and Richard Breen)
23rd Academy Awards, 1950
Best Story and ScreenplaySunset Blvd. (shared with Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr.)
26th Academy Awards, 1953
Story and ScreenplayTitanic (1953) (shared with Walter Reisch and Richard Breen)
29th Academy Awards, 1956
PictureThe King and I

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