Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack died yesterday, leaving a legacy of great films and an even greater love of movie-making. Out of Africa, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, earned Pollack Oscars both for Best Director and for Best Picture. He also collected multiple nominations for Tootsie, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, and most recently as a producer for Michael Clayton.
Few directors can claim the camaraderie with A-list actors that Sydney Pollack cultivated. Often named as the quintessential ‘actor’s director’, “Sydney let the dialogue and the emotion of the scene speak for itself,” said Michael Apted, president of the Director’s Guild of America. Pollack started out as an actor himself, and he continued to make his mark in memorable character roles. Among his many other directorial successes are The Way We Were and The Firm. His most recent release is the documentary Sketches of Frank Gehry.