gene-wilder-picture-9Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

Actors are awarded politically. This is what makes predicting award shows fun, at least for me. Sometimes actors or actresses are honored based on the writer’s material in a scene, by the directors blocking or imagining of a situation, or even by the way flubbed lines are edited around or even how a performer is lit.

Film and TV acting differed greatly from stage acting in that regard, but it is still a challenging performance art. When Gene Wilder passed away I reminisced about his many great comedic performances. “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles,” just to name a few. Then of course, a childhood favorite, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”