Winchell
Based onWinchell, His Life and Times
by Herman Klurfeld
Written byScott Abbott
Directed byPaul Mazursky
Starring
ComposerBill Conti
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producerRobert N. Fried
ProducerStan Wlodkowski
CinematographyRobbie Greenberg
EditorStuart H. Pappé
Running time108 minutes
Production companyFried Films
DistributorHBO Pictures
Release
Original networkHBO
Original release
  • November 21, 1998 (1998-11-21)

Winchell is a 1998 American biographical drama television film directed by Paul Mazursky and written by Scott Abbott, based on the 1976 book Winchell, His Life and Times by Herman Klurfeld. It stars Stanley Tucci as Walter Winchell, with Glenne Headly, Paul Giamatti, Xander Berkeley, Kevin Tighe, and Christopher Plummer in supporting roles.

The film won three Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Tucci, who also received a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his performance.

Premise

The film follows Walter Winchell from his early days as a tabloid gossip columnist to his rise as he takes on the United States' most powerful propagandist.[1][2]

Cast

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
1999 13th American Society of Cinematographers Awards Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week, Pilots or Miniseries Robbie Greenberg Won
3rd Art Directors Guild Awards Excellence in Production Design for a Television Movie or Mini-Series Marcia Hinds
Bo Johnson
Nominated
15th Artios Awards Best Casting for TV Movie of the Week Juel Bestrop Nominated
6th Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television – Movie of the Week, Mini-Series or Specials Richard Van Dyke
Dan Hiland
Gary D. Rogers
Nominated
1st Costume Designers Guild Awards Excellence in Costume Design for Television Hope Hanafin Nominated
56th Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Stanley Tucci Won
51st Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Won
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie Cindy Coburn
Marcia Hinds
Bo Johnson
Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or Movie Juel Bestrop Won
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie Robbie Greenberg Won
5th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Stanley Tucci Nominated

Notes

  1. ^ A fictionalized version of Winchell's confidante Texas Guinan.

References

  1. ^ Goodman, Walter (November 21, 1998). "Putting Down the Big Shots While Snuggling Up". The New York Times. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  2. ^ Rose, Judd; Walls, Scott (December 9, 1998). "Walter Winchell, ex-big shot, resurrected on the small screen". CNN. New York. Retrieved August 20, 2012.