“It’s not a competition. It’s like we’re on the same team.” Those words from Jeff Bridges about being in the same profession as his brother, Beau Bridges, summed up the close family bond and dedication to their craft that have helped them enjoy long careers in Hollywood. The Academy spotlighted those achievements on August 4, 2014, with“Beau and Jeff: A Tale of Two Bridges,” a sold-out event at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles with both brothers on stage.
Beau: A series of clips from Beau’s career (which has earned him three Emmy® Awards and a Grammy® Award) kicked off a discussion of his craft, with highlights including The Other Side of the Mountain (1975), Norma Rae (1979), the made-for-HBO film “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” (1993), and recent episodes from the television series “Masters of Sex” and “The Millers.
Jeff’s career was represented with scenes from such films as The Last Picture Show (1971), Starman (1984), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Crazy Heart (2009), for which Jeff won his first Oscar.
Upcoming: Jeff also discussed his most recent film, The Giver (2014), based on the award-winning young adult novel. He originally intended the property to star his father 18 years ago, but with the opportunity presenting itself now, he found himself stepping into the “grizzled” part himself. During the evening, Beau quoted the late Jack Lemmon, who used to announce before the shooting of each scene: “It’s magic time.” With their invigorating spirit and strong camaraderie, the Bridges brothers brought a whole new meaning to the phrase.
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