This story also appeared on the Dallas Morning News.

Win for ‘Argo’ is third ‘-go’ Oscar for Dallas’ Tim Headington

By: Alan Peppard

26 February 2013

Sunday’s best-picture Oscar win for Argo made it the third film produced by low-profile Dallas oilman Tim Headington that ends in the letters “-go,” which also won big at the Academy Awards.

The billionaire owner of the Hotel Lumen and the Joule provides the financial muscle for GK Films, run by producer Graham King (The Departed, The Aviator, Gangs of New York).

Both Headington and King were executive producers of Argo, which was released under the GK Films banner.

Last year, another King-and-Headington-produced “-go” film, Hugo, won five Academy Awards.

Also last year, their animated “-go” film, Rango, won the Oscar for best animated feature.

Hunt’s secret failing

Monday, when SMU honored civic leaders Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt with one of the university’s highest awards, the soft-spoken Mrs. Hunt felt she couldn’t accept without first cleansing herself of a secret.

The occasion was the presentation of the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award.

“I think I need to put something out on the table before I accept this award,” Mrs. Hunt said in front of a crowd that included her children and grandchildren.

She explained that in her entire scholastic career, she only failed two courses. In the ninth grade, she flunked typing.

The second?

“At SMU, I failed a course called Basic Ethics,” she said to much laughter from the crowd at the Belo Mansion, filled with Dallas’ most august names — many of whom had also failed a course or two in their past.

“It was the only time that my father, a federal judge, questioned my focus and my academic performance,” she said. “With this in mind, today is a day full of redemption.”

SMU hall of famers

The crowd that assembled to honor the Hunts looked like a hall of fame gathering of everyone who’s ever made a significant contribution to SMU.

“I think we just about have quorum for a board meeting,” joked SMU president Gerald Turner.

The Jonsson Ethics Award is presented by SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, and Cary Maguire was present with daughter and son-in-law, Blaney and Marshall Hess. SMU’s Cox School of Business namesake Edwin L. Cox was there, as was his daughter-in-law Jeanne Tower Cox, daughter of the late Sen. John Tower, namesake of SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies.

Longtime mega donor Nancy Dedman (as in SMU’s Dedman College, Robert H. Dedman School of Law, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, etc.) was present as was former SMU board chairman Carl Sewell.

The last word

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