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Malibu actress, new Academy member attends the Oscars

Malibu actress Julie Carmen, a new member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, is shown on the red carpet at the Oscars Sunday, Feb. 26. Photo Submitted
Lauren Coughlin, Editor
10:40 am PST March 7, 2017

Actress Julie Carmen graced the red carpet of the 89th Academy Awards for the first time Sunday, Feb. 26, as a new member of the Academy.

Carmen’s husband, Gary Hoffman, a writer and producer whose main credit is “Bastard out of Carolina,” attended the glamorous event with her.

Carmen, of Malibu, was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2016 by Alma Martinez and James Victor; Louis Gossett, Jr. (who worked with Carmen on “Gideon Oliver”) and Daniel Stern (who worked with Carmen in Robert Redford’s “Milagro Beanfield War”) also offered letters of support to help secure her membership.

Prior to the big evening, Carmen said she spent about three months screening all the films, and she cast votes in all categories. 

“The world is going through such horrific changes right now that it just helped put things in perspective to put such diverse points of view in the films that were nominated,” Carmen said.

Among her personal favorites, she said, were “Lion,” “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Moonlight.”

“‘Lion’ is one of the most inspiring and exquisite films I’ve ever seen,” she said. “‘Moonlight’ is a very important story of our time, and ‘Kubo’ is profound and about meaning of life, but done with such originality.”

Carmen was delighted to see “Moonlight” win the Best Picture nomination, despite the Oscar snafu that has nabbed headlines.

“Everybody the next day was just talking about those 20 seconds,” she said. “It overshadowed so many accomplishments, and the show itself was flawless — the production design and all that. A lot of people worked very hard on every detail and all the press went to this [PricewaterhouseCoopers] mistake.”

Carmen noted the quality of many of the shorts, animated films and documentaries that the general public may not be quite as familiar with, and said she hopes they will get major distribution as a result of their nominations. 

Carmen got her start in show business on Broadway’s “Zoot Suit” and has nearly four decades’ worth of TV and film roles to her name. At the Venice Film Festival, she won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in John Cassavetes’ “Gloria,” which she counts as one of her favorite roles to date.

Carmen also said her roles in “Milagro Beanfield War” and “In the Mouth of Madness” were some of her favorites. She recently worked on a new indie film, “You Can’t Say No,” in which she plays a supporting role as the girlfriend of Peter Fonda; the film is currently in post-production.