Movie Award Names: Looking beyond Oscar
Continuing her exploration of motion picture award names, one of our favorite guest bloggers, Abby Sandel, creator of the popular site Appellation Mountain , looks beyond Hollywood to find some interesting names associated with winners at Cannes, Berlin and Britain award ceremonies.
Marquee-worthy baby names are all the rage, with choices ranging from the Top Ten Ava to surnames like Harlow. Searching past Academy Award winners can provide inspiration for baby names, from the glamorous to the unusual.
But what about all those other Award shows? Oscar may be king in the US, but elsewhere, actors and directors compete for Goyas, Bears, BAFTAs, Ariels and, of course, the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes.
The following names are culled from award winners from across the globe, but proceed with caution. Just like not every Oscar-winning character makes for a worthy name sake, that remains true for this list.
CALYPSO: Neither an actress nor a character, the Calypso was the name of the ship used by Jacques Cousteau in the celebrated 1956 The Silent World, a documentary and early work by famed director Louis Malle.
CANDELARIA: The first Mexican film to achieve widespread international acclaim, Maria Candelaria starred Dolores del Río, the first Latin American actress to make it big in Hollywood. The movie was released in 1943, but wasn’t screened at Cannes until post-World War II.
GERTRUDE: 1946’s La Symphonie Pastorale is a French film based on a novel. Gertrude is a blind orphan adopted by a pastor. Both her foster father and stepbrother fall for her. Drama follows. The luminous Michèle Morgan starred as Gertrude – and would later lose out on the starring role in Casablanca.
KESA: Japan’s first post-war international hit was 1953’s Gate of Hell. The story of a samurai and Lady Kesa, the woman he rescues propelled Machiko Ky? to stardom. She went on to work with Akira Kurosawa and Kenji Mizoguchi.
LUCIENNE: Not an actor at all, but the jeweler who designed the original Palme d’Or award for the Cannes Film Festival.
MAGALI: Turkish-French actress Magali Noël was best known for her work with Italian director Federico Fellini, including appearing as Fanny in 1960’s legendary La dolce vita. She also scored early French rock’n’roll hits as a singer in the 1950s.
SERAFINA: Decades before Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner chose Seraphina for their second daughter, French director Marcel Camus made Black Orpheus in Brazil in 1959. A truly international production that would garner recognition at Cannes as well as an Academy Award and a BAFTA, Serafina was one of the characters.
BRENO: Brazilian athlete-turned-actor Breno Mello starred as Orpheus opposite Marpessa Dawn in 1959’s Black Orpheus. (If you’re counting, that’s the third name on the list from the movie – truly an inspiring cast!)
LUCIEN: Legendary French actor Phillipe Noiret played the thoroughly rotten Lucien in 1981’s Coup de Torchon, an internationally recognized movie based on a novel originally set in a tiny West Texas hamlet.
STELLAN: Stellan Skarsgård is well known in the US today, but back in the 1980s, the Swedish actor had already snagged a Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival as the star in award-winning Swedish film The Simple-Minded Murder.
It’s a list that could go on for pages. Plenty of international stars do go on to succeed in Hollywood, but the foreign film section of Netflix is packed with intriguing offerings rarely seen in the US. Nearly every movie suggests some appealing appellation for your consideration.
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on March 5th, 2010 at 9:24 am
I watched Black Orpheus last night (it’s available to stream on Netflix), so I was happy to see some names from the movie on this list! My other favorite name from this movie is Zeca, the boy with the tambourine. I would use it for a girl, though.
on March 5th, 2010 at 10:03 am
Very cool post, Abby! I like Kesa (strange – it’s not really my usual style) and Lucienne in particular from the girl list. I want to like Marpressa, but between the preferable Mariposa (love the meaning) and Black Orpheus bringing back bad memories from a Lit class I suffered in college, I just can’t do it.
Aldo and Breno are nice on the boys side. I also like Laszlo and Isak (although I prefer the more usual State-side spelling of Isaac).
on March 5th, 2010 at 10:46 am
A very interesting blog!
on March 5th, 2010 at 1:49 pm
MPC, I had no IDEA Black Orpheus was on Netflix streaming. Thanks for the tip!
And I have a Pittsburgh connection, so I love Marpessa enough to use that one.
Laszlo might just be my new favorite boy’s name …
And thanks, Bella!
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on May 6th, 2010 at 10:39 am
We r thinking of name our baby boy Morgan..orginally a boys name but it became popular of girls.
We need help.
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on July 9th, 2010 at 11:31 am
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on January 23rd, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Ahh, Gertrude! I studied La Symphonie Pastorale in A Level French class… this brings back memories. “Drama follows” is right. If I remember, bits of that plot were a bit creepy…
Love Laszlo, though!
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