Winkler nets fest kudos

Garnered 45 noms, 12 Oscars, record for best pic noms

Producer/director Irwin Winkler, a best-picture Oscar winner for “Rocky” and a nominee in the same category for “Raging Bull,” “The Right Stuff” and “Goodfellas,” will be given the Outstanding Achievement in Producing Award by the Hollywood Film Festival on Aug. 9.

Winkler’s films have received 12 Academy Awards from 45 nominations, including the record four best picture nominations. One of his pictures, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” amassed nine Oscar noms.

He is the only producer to have three films on the American Film Institute’s list of top 100 films. His credits include “At First Sight,” “The Net,” “Night and the City,” “Guilty by Suspicion,” “Music Box,” “True Confessions,” “Author, Author,” “Comes a Horseman,” “New York, New York,” “Nickelodeon,” “Up the Sandbox,” “The Strawberry Statement” and “Point Blank.”

“Mr. Winkler is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and highly regarded producers,” said Carlos de Abreu, exec director of the festival. “His distinguished career in the motion picture industry serves as a perfect example of what all filmmakers should strive for.”

De Abreu recalled that Winkler believed so much in “Rocky” (1976) that he mortgaged his house to finance it.

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