Directed: Lloyd Bacon
Nominated: Best Film
Plot in 25 Words: Bawdy naval comedy/drama, based on a lingering match of one-up-man ship. Throw in a bit of romance and a near death experience and job done.
Directed: Victor Schertzinger
Nominated: Best Film, Best Director – Frank Borzage, Best Actress – Grace Moore
Plot in 25 Words: A romantic drama set in the romantic, dramatic world of opera. Love triangles and inappropriate workplace romances prevent a young star from realising her dream.
Directed: Frank Capra
Nominated: Best Film, Best Director – Frank Capra, Best Actor – Clark Gable, Best Actress – Claudette Colbert
Won: Best Film, Best Director – Frank Capra, Best Actor – Clark Gable, Best Actress – Claudette Colbert
Plot in 25 Words: A zany, road trip love story. A newspaper reporter and heiress are forced together on a cross-country expedition. Hilarious multi-Oscar winner – deserved more.
There are no films that jumped out at me, but a few of the names on the acting awards did. Clark Gable and Bette Davis certainly caught my eye. One film with four Oscar wins should also be worth it.
I’m starting to notice a new and disturbing trend. It seems to me that the Oscar board/committee is not overly keen on nominating comedies. Not a lot of laughs in this bunch.
Favourite – A clear winner – Cavalcade. I would watch that again and would happily accept a remake of this. Brilliant concept.
Least Favourite – A tie. 42nd Street or She Done Him Wrong. Not bad films, just instantly forgettable.
I took quite a long break halfway through this set, but I’m back with a renewed vigour. I just hope the films live up to the hype. I did some research lately and bought a couple of books that will hopefully help me with some of the background shenanigans.
Only one film this set.
State Fair – 1933 – Apparently quite a saucy film that had a lot of scenes cut for ‘moral’ reasons.
As far as I can tell, this film is available but I’ve really struggled to find it. Hopefully I’ll get another chance to watch it, I quite want to see Janet Gaynor in a speaking role.
Directed: Frank Lloyd
Nominated: Best Film, Best Director – Frank Lloyd, Best Actress – Diana Wynyard
Won: Best Film, Best Director – Frank Lloyd
Plot in 25 Words: An awesome trip through time and the memories of the Marryot family. Marriages, deaths and tragedies are all visited. A great Hollywood great with true class.