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  • Writer's pictureAugust Sorenson

Oscar Month - 'The Sting'

It’s Oscar month, and with it, a host of hype and anticipation leading up to the big night on April 25th. Academy alumni hold a total of 110 Oscar nominations, April will be dedicated to remembering the iconic films that have cemented the legacies of so many past alumni.

Few films leave a last impact in their wake as George Roy Hill's "The Sting." Released on Christmas Day of 1973, the film was a massive commercial success, and features Academy alumni Robert Redford (Class of 1959), Charles Durning (Class of 1948), and Eileen Brennen (Class of 1956) in prominent roles alongside the beloved Paul Newman (whose career was revived by the film).

Receiving a whopping 10 Oscar nominations and 7 wins at the 46th annual Academy Awards in 1974, "The Sting" follows grifters Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) and Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) as they set up an elaborate con to catch a ruthless mob boss who killed their mutual friend. Robert Redford's performance was honored by a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the first of his four nominations.

Selected for preservation in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, the film is deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," and widely seen as one of the greatest films ever made.

Stream the film through Amazon Prime.


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