When I first heard the news that John Hughes had died it was like a shot in the gut. Since I was born in the ’80s, his films were part of my childhood. From The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Hughes’s films, especially those about teens, not only defined the ’80s but still speak to the American teenager. Watch The Breakast Club in our post-Columbine world and you’ll see a 25-year-old film (jeez, has it really been that long?) that breaks down the clique barrier. For one lazy Saturday, a Jock, Criminal, Princess, Brain and Basket Case are able to co-exist.
With his passing, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Tom Sherak and Oscar telecast producer Bill Mechanic, both of whom worked with Hughes, will be doing a special tribute. Some will disagree on why Hughes should be vaulted higher than other deceased luminaries and be given his own tribute, but I am for it. His films epitomize the life of a teen like few have been able to capture, and that in itself is a remarkable achievement.
Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, who are hosting this year’s Oscars ceremony, also worked with Hughes. Martin starred in the above mentioned Planes and Alec Baldwin had a small role in She’s Having a Baby, which is a film that is often forgotten as being a part of Hughes’ filmography.
Now then, what are the odds that the tribute will be set to “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”?
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