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The Silent Era

Delores del Rio. Clara Bow. Ramon Novarro.Douglas Fairbanks Sr . Gloria Swanson. Gretta Garbo. Lionel Barrymore .Buster Keaton. Harold Lloyd. Gilda Grey .Alice Terry.Monte Blue.Anna Q Nelsson.Leatrice Joy.Harry Carey.Betty Compson.
Hobart Bosworth. Mary Pickford.Myrna Loy

The Golden Age

Marlene Dietrich. Charles Laughton. Humphrey Bogart. Clark Gable. Joan Crawford..Boris Karloff. Spencer Tracy. Betty Grable. Bing Crosby. Abbott & Castillo. Eleanor Powell. Dean Martin. Gary Cooper. Ava Garner. Jerry Lewis. Maria Montez. Richard Boone. Rita Hayworth. Henry Fonda. Frank Sinatra..Cary Grant. Bob Hope. Tony Curtis. Charlton Heston. Ester Williams. Jane Russell. Bela Lugosi. Jack Lemmon. Peter O'Toole

The Modern Times

Marlon Brando. Elvis Presley. Mel Gibson. Harrison Ford.Anthony Hopkins. Adam Sandler. Morgan Freeman. Owen Wilson.Drew Barrymore. Samuel Jackson. Halle Berry. Tom Hanks.George Clooney. Bill Murray..Alec Baldwin..Amy Adams.

The TV Period

Robert Conrad. Ernest Borgnine . Connie Stevens .Jack Lord. Bob Denver. Debbie Reynolds .Tom Selleck. evangeline_lilly. Movie, TV star & and Hawaii Beach boy Don Stroud..Alex OLouglin..

South Seas Filmmakers


Jack London, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Herman Melville, James Jones, W. Somerset Maugham, Norman Mailer, James Norman Hall, James A. Michener, Jules Verne


David O. Selznick, Roger Corman, Charlie Chaplin, Sol Lesser, Darryl Zanuck, Steven Spielberg, George Méliès


Cecil B. De Mille, Howard Hawks, Raul Walsh, John Ford, F.W. Murnau, Robert Flaherty, Lewis Milestone, John Huston, Thomas H. Ince, Victor Fleming, D.W. Griffith, Otto Preminger, W.S. Van Dyke, Akira Kurosawa, Terrence Malick, Robert Wise, Norman Taurog, Frank Capra, King Vidor, Luis Buñuel, Lois Weber, Rex Ingram, Mervyn LeRoy


Edith Head (Costume), Floyd Crosby (Cinematographer), Christian Dior (Costume)

Polynesian Personalities

*Reminder: the Princess and Prince of this genre Mamo Clark & Jon Hall (see photos on top of page) are also in this category of "Beach of Famers". The Personalities below are all, at least part Polynesian. There are many more, but these, for now made the "Beach of Fame". For fun check out the POLYNESIAN ACTOR ACTION FIGURES below this section to see who of these Polynesian actor has an Action Figure.

See how many you recognize, some will surprise you.

Al Kikume..Anzac Wallace. Ben Chapman. Branscombe Richmond..Cliff Curtis. David Strathairn. Dayton Kane. Duke Kahanamoku. Dwayne Johnson. Elizabeth Lindsey. George Henare. Hilo Hattie. Jason Scot Lee. Jay Laga'aia. Keanu Reeves. Keisha Castle Hughes. Kelly Hu. Kelly Preston. Maren Jensen. Matahi. Megan Gale. J. Moki Cho. Nathaniel Lees. Rena Owen. Shannyn Sossamon. Tarita. Temuera Morrison. Wi Kuki Kaa. Wini Shaw. Manu Tupou. Rawiri Paratene. Doug Mossman. Jocelyne LaGarde. Betty Carvalho..Russell Crowe..Jason Momoa..Nicole Scherzinger..Danny Kamekona..Jemaine Clement..Courtney Eaton..Taika Waititi..Taylor Wily..Lotus Long..Sidney Liufau.

Other Noted Native Filmmakers

Barry Barclay. Conrad Hall. Lee Tamahori. Merata Mita. Bob Apisa. Kim Kahana. Jeff Cadiente..Aldric La'auli Porter..

Most unusual collection of Action Figure imaginable. All Sci-Fi figures below are played by Polynesian or part-Polynesian actors. Theory is while being talented but ethnic in a predominate caucasian run medium, roles for sci-fi parts, which require an original or heavy make up look can go to a unique looking Polynesian. As one can see many of these parts have done so. If you haven't seen it already, check out some of these Polynesian Actors in the POLYNESIAN PERSONALITIES above on this page. There you can see what some of them look like under the make up. Also right click on picture, in Internert Explorer go to Properties to see image URL, in Crome right click on image, open image in new tab, open new tab and read image URL on top which shows the show title, role name & cast name. In Firefox right click on image, click image info, see associated text & long description for info.

Maren Jensen.Benny Chapman.Nathaniel Lees.Lawrence Makoare.Keanu Reeves.Pua Magasiva.Kelly Hu.Bodie Taylor.Jake Laga'aia.Dwayne Johnson.Rena Owens.Jason Mamoa.Temuera Morrison.Daniel Logan.Nathaniel Lees.Lawrence Makoare.Sala Baker.FARSCAPE Bialar Crais Lani Tupu.THE HOBBIT Azog  Manu Bennet.HOBBIT SMAUG Bolg Lawrence Makoare.GAME OF THRONES Khal Drogo Jason Momoa

If anybody knows of more Poly Action Figures let us know by the BLOGS page or email us by way of the webmaster found in the CONTACTS page. Joke in the South Seas Cinema Society is that after many brown-painted Euro, Latin and Asian actors played Polynesian roles in South Seas Cinema it was time the Polynesian Actors paid them back by playing big bad armies of the Uruk Hai and Clones and taking over the

(Winners in BOLD Maroon)

Best Actress: Sadie Thompson
(1928) - Gloria Swanson

Best Cinematography
: White Shadows in the South Seas (1928) - Clyde De Vinna

Best Cinematography: Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) - Floyd Crosby

Best Writing, Original Story
: One Way Passage (1932) - Robert Lord

Best Picture: Flirtation Walk (1934)
Best Sound, Recording: Flirtation Walk (1934) - Nathan Levinson

Best Picture: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Best Actor: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Clark Gable
Best Actor: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Charles Laughton
Best Actor: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Franchot Tone
(*Record for most actors nominated from same picture.)
Best Director: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Frank Lloyd
Best Writing, Screenplay
: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Jules Furthman; Talbot Jennings; Carey Wilson,  
Best Film Editing
: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Margaret Booth,  
Best Music, Score
: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Nat W. Finston  

Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Mitchell - The Hurricane (1937),
Best Cinematography: Wings Over Honolulu (1937) - Joseph A. Valentine,
Best Sound, Recording: Hurricane, The (1937) - Thomas T. Moulton
Best Music, Original Song
: Waikiki Wedding (1937) - Harry Owens- For the song "Sweet Leilani"
Best Music, Score: Hurricane, The (1937) - Alfred Newman,
Best Dance Direction
: Waikiki Wedding (1937) - LeRoy Prinz- For "Luau".

Best Short Subject, One-reel
: Great Heart, The aka, Father Damien (1938) - M-G-M

Best Music, Original Score
: Pacific Liner (1939) - Robert Russell Bennett

Best Effects, Special Effects
: Swiss Family Robinson (1940) - Vernon L. Walker (photographic); John Aalberg (sound)
Best Effects, Special Effects: Typhoon (1940) - Farciot Edouart (photographic); Gordon Jennings (photographic); Loren L. Ryder (sound)

Best Effects, Special Effects: Aloma of the South Seas (1941) - Farciot Edouart (photographic); Gordon Jennings  (photographic); Louis Mesenkop (sound)

Best Picture: Wake Island (1942)
Best Director: Wake Island (1942) - John Farrow,
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Wake Island (1942) - W.R. Burnett; Frank Butler
Best Cinematography, Color: To the Shores of Tripoli (1942) - Edward Cronjager; William V. Skall
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Air Force (1943) - Dudley Nichols
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
: Air Force (1943) - James Wong Howe; Elmer Dyer; Charles A. Marshall
Best Film Editing: Air Force (1943) - George Amy
Best Effects, Special Effects: Air Force (1943) - Hans F. Koenekamp (photographic); Rex Wimpy (photographic); Nathan Levinson (sound)
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
: Moon and Sixpence, The (1942) - Dimitri Tiomkin,
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
: December 7th (1943) - U.S. Navy Field Photographic Branch

Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Wing and a Prayer (1944) - Jerome Cady
Best Writing, Original Story: Sullivans, The (1944) - Edward Doherty; Jules Schermer
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) - Robert Surtees; Harold Rosson
Best Effects, Special Effects: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) - A. Arnold Gillespie (photographic); Donald Jahraus (photographic); Warren Newcombe (photographic); Douglas Shearer (sound),
Best Music, Original Song: Up in Arms (1944) - Harold Arlen (music); Ted Koehler (lyrics) - For the song "Now I Know"
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: Fighting Seabees, The (1944) - Walter Scharf; Roy Webb
Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
: Up in Arms (1944) - Louis Forbes; Ray Heindorf
Best Documentary, Short Subjects: With the Marines at Tarawa (1944) - U.S. Marine Corps
Best Documentary, Features
: Fighting Lady, The (1944) - 20th Century-Fox; U.S. Navy

Best Writing, Screenplay: Pride of the Marines (1945) - Albert Maltz
Best Sound, Recording: They Were Expendable (1945) - Douglas Shearer
Best Effects, Special Effects: They Were Expendable (1945) - A. Arnold Gillespie (photographic); Donald Jahraus (photographic); R.A. MacDonald (photographic); Michael Steinore (sound)
Best Short Subject, Two-reels: I Won't Play (1944) Gordon Hollingshead (Producer)

Best Cinematography, Black-and-White: Green Dolphin Street (1947) - George J. Folsey,
Best Sound, Recording: Green Dolphin Street (1947) - Douglas Shearer,
Best Film Editing: Green Dolphin Street (1947) - George White,
Best Effects, Special Effects: Green Dolphin Street (1947) - A. Arnold Gillespie (visual); Warren Newcombe (visual); Douglas Shearer (audible); Michael Steinore (audible)  

Best Actor in a Leading Role
: Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) - John Wayne,
Best Writing, Motion Picture Story
: Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) - Harry Brown,
Best Sound, Recording: Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) - Republic Sound Dept.,
Best Film Editing: Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) - Richard L. Van Enger

Best Documentary, Features: Kon-Tiki (1950) - Olle Nordemar

Best Film Editing: Flat Top (1952) - William Austin

Best Picture: From Here to Eternity (1953) - Buddy Adler
Best Actor in a Leading Role: From Here to Eternity (1953) - Montgomery Clift
Best Actor in a Leading Role: From Here to Eternity (1953) - Burt Lancaster
Best Actress in a Leading Role: From Here to Eternity (1953) - Deborah Kerr
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: From Here to Eternity (1953) - Frank Sinatra
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: From Here to Eternity (1953) - Donna Reed
Best Director: From Here to Eternity (1953) - Fred Zinnemann
Best Writing, Screenplay: From Here to Eternity (1953) - Daniel Taradash
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White: From Here to Eternity (1953) - Burnett Guffey

Best Cinematography, Color: All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) - George J. Folsey
Best Film Editing:
From Here to Eternity (1953) - William A. Lyon
Best Costume Design, Black-and-White: From Here to Eternity (1953) - Jean Louis
Best Sound, Recording: From Here to Eternity (1953) John P. Livadary
Best Music, Original Song: Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) - Lester Lee (music); Ned Washington (lyrics)- For the song "Sadie Thompson's Song (Blue Pacific Blues)"
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: From Here to Eternity (1953) - Morris Stoloff; George Duning, (*From Here to Eternity – 13 Nominations 8 winners)

Best Picture: Caine Mutiny, The (1954) - Stanley Kramer,
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Caine Mutiny, The (1954) - Humphrey Bogart also Robinson Crusoe (1954) - Dan O'Herlihy
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Caine Mutiny, The (1954) - Tom Tully,
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: High and the Mighty, The (1954) - Jan Sterling
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: High and the Mighty, The (1954) - Claire Trevor,
Best Director: High and the Mighty, The (1954) - William A. Wellman,
Best Writing, Screenplay: Caine Mutiny, The (1954) - Stanley Roberts,
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color:
20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) - John Meehan, Emile Kuri,
Best Sound, Recording: Caine Mutiny, The (1954) - John P. Livadary,
Best Film Editing: 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) - Elmo Williams
Best Film Editing: Caine Mutiny, The (1954) - William A. Lyon; Henry Batista
Best Film Editing: High and the Mighty, The (1954) - Ralph Dawson
(*3 SSC nominations in one category - no winner) 
Best Effects, Special Effects: 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) - Walt Disney Studios,
Best Music, Original Song: High and the Mighty, The (1954) - Dimitri Tiomkin (music); Ned Washington (lyrics) - For the song "The High and the Mighty",
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: High and the Mighty, The (1954) - Dimitri Tiomkin
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture:Caine Mutiny, The (1954) - Max Steiner
(*31 SCC nominations in the past two years 1953-1954 with 10 winners)

Best Picture: Mister Roberts (1955) - Leland Hayward
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mister Roberts (1955) - Jack Lemmon   
Best Sound, Recording: Mister Roberts (1955) - William A. Mueller

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story: Eddy Duchin Story, The (1956) - Leo Katcher,
Best Cinematography, Color: Eddy Duchin Story, The (1956) - Harry Stradling Sr.,
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White: Proud and Profane, The (1956) - Hal Pereira; A. Earl Hedrick; Sam Comer; Frank R. McKelvy,
Best Costume Design, Black-and-White: Proud and Profane, The (1956) - Edith Head,
Best Sound, Recording: Eddy Duchin Story, The (1956) - John P. Livadary,
Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture: Eddy Duchin Story, The (1956) - Morris Stoloff; George Duning,
Best Short Subject, Two-reel
: Samoa (1956) - Walt Disney

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) - Deborah Kerr
(*Kerr also nominated same category in 1953)
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
: Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) - John Lee Mahin; John Huston

Best Cinematography, Color: South Pacific (1958) - Leon Shamroy
Best Sound: South Pacific (1958) - Fred Hynes
Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture: South Pacific (1958) - Alfred Newman; Ken Darby

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen
: Operation Petticoat (1959) - Paul King (story); Joseph Stone (story); Stanley Shapiro (screenplay); Maurice Richlin (screenplay)

Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects
: Islands of the Sea (1960) - Walt Disney

Best Picture: Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) - Aaron Rosenberg
Best Cinematography, Color: Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) - Robert Surtees
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color: Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) - George W. Davis; J. McMillan Johnson; Henry Grace; Hugh Hunt
Best Film Editing: Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) - John McSweeney Jr.
Best Effects, Special Effects: Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) - A. Arnold Gillespie (visual); Milo B. Lory (audible)
Best Music, Original Song: Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) - Bronislau Kaper (music); Paul Francis Webster (lyrics) - For the song "Love Song from Mutiny on the Bounty (Follow Me)"

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen: Father Goose (1964) - S.H. Barnett (story); Peter Stone (screenplay); Frank Tarloff (screenplay)
Best Sound: Father Goose (1964) - Waldon O. Watson
Best Film Editing:  Father Goose (1964) - Ted J. Kent  

Best Cinematography, Black-and-White: In Harm's Way (1965) - Loyal Griggs

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Hawaii (1966) - Jocelyne LaGarde
(*LaGarde only Polynesian nominated until 2003 Keisha Castle-Hughes in WHALE RIDER).

Best Cinematography, Color: Hawaii (1966) - Russell Harlan,
Best Costume Design, Color: Hawaii (1966) - Dorothy Jeakins,
Best Sound: Hawaii (1966) - Gordon Sawyer,
Best Effects, Special Visual Effects
: Hawaii (1966) - Linwood G. Dunn,
Best Music, Original Song: Hawaii (1966) - Elmer Bernstein (music); Mack David (lyrics) - For the song "My Wishing Doll",
Best Music, Original Music Score
: Hawaii (1966) - Elmer Bernstein

Best Film Editing: Beach Red (1967) - Frank P. Keller

Best Cinematography: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) - Charles F. Wheeler; Osamu Furuya; Shinsaku Himeda; Masamichi Satoh
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) - Jack Martin Smith; Yoshirô Muraki; Richard Day; Taizô Kawashima; Walter M. Scott; Norman Rockett; Carl Biddiscombe
Best Costume Design: Hawaiians, The (1970) - Bill Thomas
Best Sound: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) - Murray Spivack; Herman Lewis
Best Film Editing: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) - James E. Newcom; Pembroke J. Herring; Chikaya Inoue
Best Effects, Special Visual Effects: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) - A.D. Flowers; L.B. Abbott  

Best Cinematography: King Kong (1976) - Richard H. Kline
Best Sound: King Kong (1976) - Harry W. Tetrick; William L. McCaughey; Aaron Rochin; Jack Solomon
Special Achievement Award: King Kong (1976) - Carlo Rambaldi; Glen Robinson; Frank Van der Veer - For visual effects.   

Best Cinematography: Blue Lagoon, The (1980) - Néstor Almendros  

Best Documentary, Features: Radio Bikini (1988) - Robert Stone
Best Picture: Piano, The (1993) - Jan Chapman,
Best Actress in a Leading Role
: Piano, The (1993) - Holly Hunter
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
: Piano, The (1993) - Anna Paquin

Best Director: Piano, The (1993) - Jane Campion
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
: Piano, The (1993) - Jane Campion
Best Cinematography:
Piano, The (1993) - Stuart Dryburgh
Best Costume Design: Piano, The (1993) - Janet Patterson
Best Film Editing:  Piano, The (1993) - Veronika Jenet
(*Honorary Award: Deborah Kerr in this night of strong women in SSC, Ms Kerr’s award is so appropriate)

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Blue Sky (1994) - Jessica Lange

Best Documentary, Short Subjects: Living Sea, The (1995) - Greg MacGillivray; Alec Lorimore

Best Picture: Thin Red Line, The (1998) - Robert Michael Geisler; John Roberdeau; Grant Hill
Best Director: Thin Red Line, The (1998) - Terrence Malick,
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Thin Red Line, The (1998) - Terrence Malick
Best Cinematography: Thin Red Line, The (1998) - John Toll,
Best Sound: Thin Red Line, The (1998) - Andy Nelson; Anna Behlmer; Paul 'Salty' Brincat,
Best Film Editing: Thin Red Line, The (1998) - Billy Weber; Leslie Jones; Saar Klein,
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
: Thin Red Line, The (1998) - Hans Zimmer

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Cast Away (2000) - Tom Hanks
Best Sound: Cast Away (2000) - Randy Thom; Tom Johnson; Dennis S. Sands; William B. Kaplan

Best Sound: Pearl Harbor (2001) - Greg P. Russell; Peter J. Devlin; Kevin O'Connell
Best Sound Editing: Pearl Harbor (2001) - Christopher Boyes; George Watters
Best Effects, Visual Effects:
Pearl Harbor (2001) - Eric Brevig; John Frazier; Edward Hirsh; Ben Snow
Best Music, Original Song: Pearl Harbor (2001) - Diane Warren - For the song "There You'll Be"

Best Animated Feature
: Lilo & Stitch (2002) – Chris Sanders

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Whale Rider (2002) - Keisha Castle-Hughes

Best Performance by an Acto
r in a Leading Role: Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) - David Strathairn
Best Short: Two Cars, One Night. (2005) - Taika Cohen

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
: Surf's Up (2007) - Ash Brannon; Chris Buck

Best Motion Picture: Descendants, The (2011)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Descendants, The (2011) - George Clooney
Best Achievement in Directing: Descendants, The - Alexander Payne
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Descendants, The - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Best Achievement in Editing: Descendants, The - Kevin Tent

Best Foreign Language Film: Kon-Tiki (2012)

(*35 total SSC Oscar winners, 165 total nominees, 9 Best Picture noms., 2 winners, 19 Cinematography noms., 3 winners, 11 Effects noms, 5 winners) (From Here to Eternity tied for 4th with most Oscars from one movie and tied 1st for most acting noms., 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty tied for 3rd with 3 noms.)

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