Will 2023 be the year of consecration for Steven Spielberg? Of course, the one who was rightly considered the king of Hollywood in the 1980s and ’90s no longer needs any sign of recognition whatsoever in order to cement his place in the history of cinema! Nevertheless, the first months of next year could prove highly beneficial for him, since he is currently the favorite for the Best Director Oscar thanks to his autobiographical film. The Fabelmans. About a month before the 95th Academy Awards will take place the 73rd edition of the Berlin Film Festival. And as we’ve known since last week – Tuesday, November 22 to be exact – that’s when Spielberg will receive an honorary Golden Bear.
No specific date for this prestigious evening has yet been announced. All we know is that it will coincide with the preview screening of the March German release of The Fabelmans. As well as the dates of this Berlinale of the great return to normal after the health crisis, which will take place from Thursday 16 to Sunday 26 February 2023 in the German capital. A partial retrospective will also be organized around the imposing filmography of Steven Spielberg. Finally, the French release date of The Fabelmans is scheduled for the Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday February 22.
A true jack-of-all-trades, Steven Spielberg (*1946) didn’t take long to establish himself in the American film industry. Coming from television, he participated decisively in the advent of the era of blockbusters with his second cinema film Jaws in 1975. Success also smiled on him on the occasion of other big show films such as Dating of the Third Kind, The Raiders of the Lost Ark and its three suites, as well asAND The Extra-Terrestrial. From the mid-1980s, Spielberg sought artistic recognition with films with more serious subjects, such as The color purple, empire of the sun and finally Schindler’s Listthe worldwide phenomenon of 1993 which had brought him innumerable awards.
Subsequently, he had continued this alternation between the popular (Jurassic Park, Minority Report, War of the Worlds and Ready Player One) and the most elite (Amistad, We have to save the soldier Ryan, Munich, lincoln and The Bridge of Spies), while prodigiously erasing the border between the two.
Steven Spielberg’s other, even more prolific role is that of producer. Since the 1980s, he has been the invaluable financial support of colleagues such as Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist), Joe Dante (Gremlins and The inner adventure), Richard Donner (The Goonies), Robert Zemeckis (Back to the future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Barry Levinson (The Secret of the Pyramid), Frank Marshall (Arachnophobia), Jan De Bont (Twister), Barry Sonnenfeld (men in black), Mimi Leder (deep impact), Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro), Rob Marshall (Memoirs of a Geisha), Clint Eastwood (Memoirs of our fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima and Beyond), Michael Bay (transformers), Peter Jackson (Lovely Bones), the Coen brothers (True Grit), JJ Abrams (Super 8), Shawn Levy (RealSteel) and Lasse Hallstrom (The Recipes of Happiness).
With such an impressive career under his belt, Steven Spielberg is naturally no longer at his first honorary trophy with the Berlin Golden Bear. He even began collecting awards for his body of work quite early on, such as the Irving G. Thalberg award from the American Film Academy in 1987 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1995. , as well as an honorary Cesar the same year. In 1993, he had already obtained an Honorary Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, while at Cannes, he had to settle for a screenplay prize for his first cinema film. Sugarland Express in 1974. Steven Spielberg had also been the president of the Cannes jury which awarded its Palme d’or in 2013 to The Life of Adele by Abdellatif Kechiche.
In terms of Oscars, he has been nominated nineteen times so far, since Dating of the Third Kind in 1978 until West Side Story earlier this year. At this level, his longevity is supremely proven thanks to his Best Director nominations over the decades, in the 1970s (Dating of the Third Kind), ’80 (The Raiders of the Lost Ark and AND The Extra-Terrestrial), ’90 (Schindler’s List and We have to save the soldier Ryan), 2000 (Munich), 2010 (lincoln) and 2020 (West Side Story). He was victorious there three times: as Best Director and for Best Film Schindler’s List in 1994, as well as Best Director for We have to save the soldier Ryan five years later.
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Berlinale 2023: Golden Bear of Honor to Steven Spielberg – Film Review