Clooney Could Join Exclusive DC Film Club

Power and intrigue in Washington are popular movie topics—but despite the scores of movies filmed here, only a dozen have taken home an Academy Award.

By: Garrett M. Graff

Power and intrigue in Washington are popular movie topics—but despite the scores of movies filmed here, only a dozen have taken home an Academy Award. Will George Clooney’s two Washington movies, Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck, join the exclusive club?

Here are movies involving Wash­ington that Oscar loved:

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939): Best Original Screenplay.

The More the Merrier (1943): Best Supporting Actor (Charles Coburn).

Born Yesterday (1950): Best Actress (Judy Holliday).

The Exorcist (1973): Sound, Adapted Screenplay.

All the President’s Men (1976): Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards),Art Direction, Sound, and Adapted Screenplay.

Being There (1979): Best Supporting Actor (Melvyn Douglas).

The Stone Carvers (1984): Best Documentary (Short Subjects).

JFK (1991): Best Cinematography, Film Editing.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Actress (Jodie Foster), Director (Jonathan Demme), Picture, and Adapted Screenplay.

Forrest Gump (1994): Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Director (Robert Zem­eckis), Visual Effects, Editing, Picture, and Adapted Screenplay.

Independence Day (1996): Best Visual Effects.

Traffic (2000): Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro), Director (Steven Soderbergh), Editing, Adapted Screenplay.