His documentary wins Oscar as he watches at Slope bar

Walking on a ‘Wire’: Photos of Philippe Petit taken by Park Sloper Jim Moore form the basis of the Oscar-winning film about the tightrope walker’s fabled Twin Towers act.
Jim Moore / Rapport Press

The Academy Awards were taking place on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday night, but the real action was on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope.

That’s where Jim Moore, part of the team behind the Oscar-winning documentary, “Man on Wire,” watched the Big Show.

Moore was at the bar at Cafe Steinhof — where he spent the night being congratulated for the 35-year-old photos of Philippe Petit’s wondrous tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

“It was really great to be part of the adventure in 1974, and it was a very touching experience on Sunday night,” said Moore.

“When the movie won, we were all tinkled pink, it was an amazing moment.”

The photographer is a Steinhof regular, so “everybody knew he was in the crowd — that and the fact that he was very emotional,” said the restaurant’s manager Jorge Boette. “He was holding back tears and it was contagious.”

Director James Marsh’s film could not have won acclaim were it not for Moore’s photographs from his days as the aerialist’s “right-hand man.”

Moore’s 40 photos helped the film convey the madness of walking on a three-quarter inch tightrope 1,350 feet above ground.

The scene was a lot less mad in the California native and former Manhattanite’s adopted hometown.

“I found a beautiful place here in Park Slope,” said Moore. “It’s very neighborhoody, very comfortable, I like it here.”

Jim Moore / Rapport Press

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