If you have circulated at all in the offices of established film directors, you have seen various examples of The Wall. Sometimes it is in the entry hall, sometimes a glass cabinet. It's where the awards are shown off. Often there are also lots of photographs of the filmmaker with big names, arm-in-arm or shaking hands, grinning into the lens.
I have always been too self-conscious for that stuff. I liked the approach of John and Faith Hubley, who had two Oscars, but just used them as bookends on their mantle, mixed in with their kids' paintings, vases of flowers, etc.
On the other hand, publicity and awards do make a difference, sometimes a big difference in how your career grows. And it doesn't hurt to mention them at appropriate times. My list is now conveniently stored on IMDb at the URL below.*
John Korty Awards
But when people ask me how it felt to win an Oscar, this is the story I have to tell: In 1978, WHO ARE THE DEBOLTS AND WHERE DID THEY GET 19 KIDS? was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of feature-length documentary. But when the award show was about to be broadcast I was stuck in New York, directing OLIVER'S STORY for Paramount, so I could not attend. I had to watch the awards on TV in my room at the Mayflower Hotel.
The laundry had arrived that day, so I was folding my underwear at the moment my name was suddenly announced to the world. I HAD WON THE OSCAR! For a minute or two, I tried to think of a way to celebrate. And then the phone started ringing...
* (One of my films not mentioned online, however, is my very first: 1961)
The Language of Faces a 17 minute documentary on a Quaker Peace March
GRAND PRIZES: BERGAMO, ITALY & SAN FRANCISCO FILM FESTIVALS)