Back in 2005, Hellman recounted his Oscar wins in an interview with Los Angeles Times. “I was so sure we weren’t going to win, I didn’t even prepare a speech,” he said. “I probably only said 10 words. It must’ve been the shortest speech in the history of the Oscars. I didn’t thank [director] John [Schlesinger] or the actors or my mother or father.”
Schlesinger and Hellman reteamed for 1975’s “Day of the Locust”.
Hellman also picked up another Best Picture Academy Award nod for “Coming Home”, directed by Hal Ashby.
His other credits include “The Mosquito Coast”, “The World of Henry Orient”, and “A Fine Madness”.
He also tried his hand at directing, making his debut with “Promises in the Dark” after he and filmmaker Schlesinger fell out, and Hellman tried acting too, playing opposite Peter Sellers in Hal Ashby’s “Being There”.
The Academy offered condolences for the passing of Jerome Hellman.
Upon learning about Hellman’s passing, The Academy turned to Twitter to offer condolences. “As a producer, Jerome Hellman had an eye for challenging material that resonated with audiences. He won the Best Picture Oscar for ‘Midnight Cowboy’ in 1970 and was nominated a second time for the post-war drama ‘Coming Home’ in 1979,” its tweet read. “He will be missed.”