Directed: Edward H. Griffith
Nominated: Best Actress – Ann Harding
Plot in 25 Words: Two social classes collide when Johnny and Julia fall in love. After she tries to change his fortunes, Johnny runs off with Julia’s sister Linda.
Directed: Clarence Brown
Nominated: Best Director – Clarence Brown, Best Actor – Lionel Barrymore, Best Actress – Norma Shearer
Won: Best Actor – Lionel Barrymore
Plot in 25 Words: An alcoholic lawyer defends a mobster for murder, then has to defend HIS murderer after he abuses his daughter. Truly terrible romance decisions are made.
Directed: Lewis Milestone
Nominated: Best Film, Best Director – Lewis Milestone, Best Actor – Adolphe Menjou
Plot in 25 Words: A gaggle of newspapermen await news of an execution, but what’s that? An escape! A scrupulous hack hides him to help to clear his name.
Directed: Josef von Sternberg
Nominated: Best Director – Josef von Sternberg, Best Actress – Marlene Dietrich
Plot in 25 Words: A cabaret singer falls for a soldier in the foreign legion. She agrees to marry a rich diplomat before following her soldier into the desert.
Directed: Wesley Ruggles
Nominated: Best Film, Best Director – Wesley Ruggles, Best Actor – Richard Dix, Best Actress – Irene Dunning
Won: Best Film
Plot in 25 Words: Epic film spanning 30 years, two generations and the creation of cities. A fortune seeker drags and abandons his family all over the wild west.
Directed: George W. Hill
Nominated: Best Actress – Marie Dressler
Won: Best Actress – Marie Dressler
Plot in 25 Words: A hardened battleaxe takes in the daughter of a prostitute and gives her a better life and sacrifices everything to give her a better future.
Well I think the theme of this year’s films was dishonest love. A few prostitute dramas and a few gold-diggers thrown in for good measure.
Thankfully I’ve found a new DVD site or my lost list would be a lot longer.
There was a pretty broad range of films this year. Big war epics, prison riots, and just simple dramas. My longest film list so far and it really seemed to drag on. Not my favourite collection so far.
Favourite – The Love Parade. Absolutely brilliant musical, I’ve been recommending to everyone!
Least Favourite – Disraeli. A hard choice because I struggled with so many this year.
Only a couple of films really stood out for one reason or another, but Love Parade is certainly the only one I’d watch again.
Another three films missing in action.
Condemned (1929) – Not available. It goes on the list. I plan to sporadically look for my ‘lost’ films just in case.
The Green Goddess (1930) – Not available. Every search I made just kept providing me with the film Tarzan and the Green Goddess. I highly doubt that will be on the Oscar list but I desperately want to see it. If only to satisfy my curiosity – surely it can’t be a film about the king of the jungle and the reserve firetrucks?!
The Rogue Song (1930) – A lost film which I’m not holding out much hope for.