Kazan Controversy

March 23, 1999


Hundreds of protesters stood outside the Oscars ceremony this past Sunday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles to protest this year’s lifetime achievement Academy Award, which was given to director Elia Kazan , director of On the Waterfront and A Street Car Named Desire, who in 1951 informed on many of his Hollywood colleagues before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The protesters included some of those on Kazan’s blacklist, as well as their family members and supporters. As Kazan received the award, many inside the pavilion chose not to applaud, including actors Nick Nolte and Ed Harris.


  • Joanie Seckler, one of the organizers of the protest, left this message on DN’s voice mail.

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