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Oscar-Winner Kevin Brownlow Continues His Labour on Behalf of Cinema’s Past

by Thomas Gladysz.

In the history of film, Kevin Brownlow is unique. The British documentary filmmaker, preservationist and author is the first and only film historian to have won an Academy Award.

Last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Brownlow for his lifetime achievement alongside Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach and Francis Ford Coppola. That’s pretty good company for someone who works behind the scenes and is little known to the movie going public.

“Mr. Brownlow is a giant among film historians and preservationists, known and justifiably respected throughout the world for his multiple achievements,” wrote Martin Scorsese in his nomination letter. Scorsese, well aware of film history and the artists who preceded him, has just released Hugo, his own valentine to early filmmaking.

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