Academy Award Winner Albert Wolsky & THE SALESMAN Oscar


Almost a week after the Oscar award ceremony and announcement of the Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman as the winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar, there is heated debate in social media over this film and its Oscar. There are many that claim there has been a strong political motivation behinds awarding the Oscar to the Salesman.

To clarify this matter we had the opportunity and honor of speaking to Mr. Albert Wolsky, an Academy Award winner, about the process of selecting the the Best Foreign Language film and the quqlities of the Salesman.

Albert Wolsky has won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design twice for All That Jazz and Bugsy.

In a career that encompasses more than 75 films Wolsky also received Academy Award nominations for Sophie’s Choice, The Journey of Natty Gann, Toys, Across the Universe and Revolutionary Road.

In 1974 Wolsky collaborated with director Paul Mazursky for the first time on Harry and Tonto. Their visionary work together would span nearly two decades and eleven films including: Next Stop, Greenwich Village, An Unmarried Woman, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Moscow on the Hudson, and Enemies: A Love Story.

Wolsky first worked with legendary choreographer and director Bob Fosse on Lenny, starring Dustin Hoffman and later designed the costumes for Fosse’s All That Jazz and Star 80, Fosse’s last film.

Wolsky’s other film credits include; Grease, Manhattan, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Turning Point, Crimes of the Heart, The Pelican Brief, Charlie Wilson’s War, Jarhead, The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Runaway Bride, Galaxy Quest, You’ve Got Mail, Maid in Manhattan, Road to Perdition and Birdman.


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Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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