Sad news today, as word comes that legendary filmmaker Robert Altman has died at the age of 81. This is a real bummer. He was certainly one of the last living legends in film. He passed away at a Los Angeles hospital, after long bouts with ill health. Working hard till the very end, his film A Prairie Home Companion (which opened SXSW 2006) was released to acclaim and strong box office this past June. It was just one of many memorable projects that included landmark films such as Nashville, M*A*S*H, The Player, and many more. A five-time Oscar nominee, who never won, he was honored at the Oscars this year with a lifetime achievement award. In his acceptance speech there, he proclaimed:
“No other filmmaker has gotten a better shake than I have. I’m very fortunate in my career. I’ve never had to direct a film I didn’t choose or develop. My love for filmmaking has given me an entree to the world and to the human condition.”
He, and his gift for storytelling, will be missed forever.