Academy Award-winning producer Steve Golin dies at age 64 after battle with cancer

The producer was known for his keen eye for talent and how to utilize it to produce good films such as 'Babel', 'Spotlight' and 'The Revenant'


                            Academy Award-winning producer Steve Golin dies at age 64 after battle with cancer

Oscar-winning producer Steve Golin, best known for movies such as 'Spotlight' and 'The Revenant,' passed away at the age of 64 Sunday. The producer died in Los Angeles and is said to have been suffering from cancer. His sudden death is being moaned by both fans and celebrities. The producer is known to have worn many feathers on his hat as he had launched his first production company, Propaganda Films, with Joni Sighvatsson in 1986. Soon, he also became the founder and CEO of Anonymous Content, an entertainment company founded in 1999. 

Anonymous Content is known to have worked with several established names in the industry, such as Steven Soderbergh, Emma Stone, Edgar Wright, Ryan Gosling, Alfonso Cuaron, and Cary Fukunaga, which clearly gives a view into Golin's ability to mash up talent with business. The producer won an Oscar for producing 'Spotlight' and was nominated that same year for 'The Revenant'. He also helped produce the Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed movie, 'Babel', which earned the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress. 

The producer is best known for his work in movies such as 'Spotlight'. (IMDb)

Other than producing some extraordinary classics, Golin is a man who is known to have hunted down hidden talent, and the first of the many known instances would perhaps be the discovery of  David Fincher through Propaganda Films. The list also includes Michael Bay,  Antoine Fuqua, Gore Verbinski, and Alex Proyas. Certainly, his death was a blow for many. A statement released by HBO said, “As a prolific producer of film and television, Steve Golin was a man of impeccable taste and unmatched instincts ... Those of us at HBO fortunate enough to have worked with him, also knew him as a true gentleman and a superb partner. We are deeply saddened by this loss.”

In a statement, the partners at Anonymous said, “We are devastated by Steve’s passing. He was a trailblazer in the industry, a devoted colleague, a remarkable leader and a truly kind man. He was a rare individual who encompassed intense creativity with a keen business mind. Above all, Steve showed us the power of kindness and generosity. His compassion was unparalleled. He led by example and inspired each and every one of us to be better. In his life and in his work, Steve created a family – he meant the world to many of us, and will leave a lasting impression on our lives. Together, we will continue to build upon the immense legacy Steve has left us.”

Many paid tribute to the producer on social media. (Twitter)

Several celebrities took to Twitter to share their grief over the loss. Director Edgar Wright stated, "So sad to hear Steve Golin has passed away. A champion of diverting, cutting edge cinema. I fondly remember us doing a Q&A at the New Beverly for ‘Wild At Heart’, sitting with him at the back as it rocked the place. Then Laura Dern showed up bringing Lynch with her! A magic night." Franklin Leonard, an American film executive, best known for finding 'The Black List', wrote, "Straight up, Steve Golin is one of the people whose careers I aspired toward. We were at a dinner together less than three weeks ago. What a colossal loss to everyone in the film and television industry and who watches film or television. Damn."