After 25 years in the director’s chair, USC School of Cinema-Television alumnus Ron Howard took home his first Best Director Oscar for “A Beautiful Mind” at the 74th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 23.
Howard’s long list of acclaimed films – such as “Apollo 13”, “Backdraft”, “Cocoon”, “Far and Away”, “The Grinch”, “Parenthood” and “Ransom” – have won the hearts of audiences around the world and have earned him two Directors Guild Awards.
At the 2002 Oscars, Howard and producing partner Brian Grazer, a fellow USC alumnus, won the Best Picture Award for “A Beautiful Mind,” which also won for best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress.
“I’m not a good enough actor anymore to be able to stand up here and make you believe that I haven’t imagined this moment in my mind over the years and played it out about a thousand times,” said Howard in accepting the award. “I’m very grateful for this. I’m very grateful for an entire lifetime spent involved in this creative process.”
Earlier in the year, “A Beautiful Mind” was also honored as the year’s best film adaptation of a book or story by USC’s own Scripter Award.