Five Star Final


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Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis)

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An editor searches for sensational headlines at any cost.  Somethings never change.

Lost Horizon


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Oscar Winners

Best Art DirectionStephen Goosson

Best Film Editing-Gene Havlick and Gene Milford

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Frank Capra)

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Best Supporting ActorH.B. Warner as Chang

Best Scoring-Columbia Studio Music Department

Best Sound RecordingJohn Livadary

Best Assistant Director-C.C. Coleman, Jr.

One of the most expensive movies ever made at that time.

The Nun’s Story


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Henry Blanke)

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Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

Best ActressAudrey Hepburn as Sister Luke

Best Adapted ScreenplayRobert Anderson

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureFranz Waxman

Best Sound RecordingGeorge Groves

Best Color CinematographyFranz Planer

Best Film Editing-Walter Thompson

Audrey Hepburn becomes a nun because she wants to be a missionary nurse.

The Great Dictator


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Charlie Chaplin)

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Best ActorCharlie Chaplin as The Barber/Adenoid Hynkel

Best Supporting ActorJack Oakie as Benzino Napaloni

Best Original ScreenplayCharlie Chaplin

Best Original ScoreMeredith Wilson

Chaplin’s talking debut.

Foreign Correspondent


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Walter Wanger)

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Best Supporting ActorAlbert Bassermann as Van Meer

Best Original ScreenplayCharles Bennett and Joan Harrison

Best B&W Art DirectionAlexander Golitzen

Best B&W CinematographyRudolph Mate

Best Special EffectsPaul Eagler and Thomas T. Moulton

This is what Eagler and Moulton won for

The Guns of Navarone


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Oscar Winner

Best Special EffectsBill Warrington and Vivian C. Greenham

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Carl Foreman)

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Best Director (J. Lee Thompson)

Best Adapted ScreenplayCarl Foreman

Best Musical Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureDimitri Tiomkin

Best Sound-John Cox

Best Film Editing-Alan Osbiston

Guys climb mountain to destroy Nazi guns.

Annie Hall


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Charles H. Joffe)

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Best Director (Woody Allen)

Best ActressDiane Keaton as Annie Hall

Best Original ScreenplayWoody Allen and Marshall Brickman

Oscar Nomination

Best ActorWoody Allen as Alvy “Max” Singer

Diane Keaton’s real name is Diane Hall and her childhood nickname was “Annie.”

Kramer vs. Kramer


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Stanley R. Jaffe)

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Best Director (Robert Benton)

Best ActorDustin Hoffman as Ted Kramer

Best Supporting ActressMeryl Streep as Joanna Kramer

Best Adapted ScreenplayRobert Benton

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActorJustin Henry as Billy Kramer

Best Supporting ActressJane Alexander as Margaret Phelps

Best CinematographyNestor Almendros

Best Film EditingGerald B. Greenberg

Robert Benton will be getting a tribute at the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival.

A Man for All Seasons


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Fred Zinnemann)

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Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

Best ActorPaul Scofield as Sir Thomas More

Best Adapted ScreenplayRobert Bolt

Best Color CinematographyTed Moore

Best Costume Design, Color-Joan Bridge and Elizabeth Haffenden

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActorRobert Shaw as King Henry VII

Best Supporting ActressWendy Hiller as Alice More

Sir Thomas More was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935.

The Great Ziegfeld


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Hunt Stromberg)

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Best ActressLuise Rainer as Anna Held

Best Dance Direction-Seymour Felix

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Robert Z. Leonard)

Best Original StoryWilliam Anthony McGuire

Best Art DirectionCedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu, and Edwin B. Willis

Best Film Editing-William S. Gray

The fourth pairing of William Powell and Myrna Loy.

Naughty Marietta


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Oscar Winner

Best Sound RecordingDouglas Shearer

Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Hunt Stromberg)

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The first teaming of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.



Heading into the homestretch…

The Crowd


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Oscar Nominations

Best Unique and Artistic Production (Irving Thalberg)

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Best Director, Dramatic Picture (King Vidor)

This was the only year the Academy had two Best Picture awards.  They were combined into one the next year.

Smilin’ Through


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Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Irving Thalberg)

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Norma Shearer and Fredric March played dual roles.

Stage Door


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Pandro S. Berman)

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Best Director (Gregory La Cava)

Best Supporting ActressAndrea Leeds as Kay Hamilton

Best AdaptationMorris Ryskind and Anthony Veiller

Watch Kate and Ginger snark at each other!

Double Indemnity


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Joseph Sistrom)

Best Director (Billy Wilder)

Best ActressBarbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson

Best ScreenplayRaymond Chandler and Billy Wilder

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureMiklos Rozsa

Best Sound Recording-Loren L. Ryder

Best B&W CinematographyJohn F. Seitz

I always thought that Stanwyck looked like she does in this movie.  I thought she had really bad hair.  Boy, was I wrong.

Anchors Aweigh


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Oscar Winner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureGeorgie Stoll

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Joe Pasternak)

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Best ActorGene Kelly as Joseph “Joe” Brady

Best Song“I Fall in Love Too Easily” by Jule Styne (Music) and Sammy Cahn (Lyrics)

Best Color CinematographyRobert Planck and Charles P. Boyle

The first teaming of Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.  In the three films Sinatra co-starred with Kelly, he always played a shy guy who had trouble with the ladies.  Casting against type at its finest.

The Pride of the Yankees


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Oscar Winner

Best Film EditingDaniel Mandell

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Samuel Goldwyn)

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Best ActorGary Cooper as Lou Gehrig

Best ActressTeresa Wright as Eleanor Gehrig

Best Original Motion Picture StoryPaul Gallico

Best ScreenplayHerman J. Mankiewicz and Jo Swerling

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureLeigh Harline

Best Sound RecordingThomas T. Moulton

Best B&W Art Direction-Perry Ferguson (Art Direction) and Howard Bristol (Set Decoration)

Best B&W CinematographyRudolph Mate

Wright is one of the few people who was nominated in two different acting categories.  The last person to achieve this was Jamie Foxx in 2004.



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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Robert B. Radnitz)

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Best ActorPaul Winfield as Nathan Lee Morgan

Best ActressCicely Tyson as Rebecca Morgan

Best Adapted ScreenplayLonne Elder III

The young boy who played David directed a television remake of this film which aired in 2003.

An American in Paris


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Arthur Freed)

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Best Story and ScreenplayAlan Jay Lerner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureJohnny Green and Saul Chaplin

Best Art Direction, ColorCedric Gibbons and Preston Ames (Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis and Keogh Gleason (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyAlfred Gilks and John Alton (ballet sequence)

Best Color Costume DesignOrry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett, and Irene Sharaff

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Vincente Minnelli)

Best Film EditingAdrienne Fazan

My Fair Lady


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Jack L. Warner)

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Best Director (George Cukor)

Best ActorRex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins

Best Original ScoreRobert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman

Best Adaptation or Treatment Score-Andre Previn

Best SoundGeorge Groves

Best Art Direction, ColorGene Allen and Cecil Beaton (Art Direction); George James Hopkins (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyHarry Stradling

Best Costume Design, ColorCecil Beaton

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActorStanley Holloway as Alfred P. Doolittle

Best Supporting ActressGladys Cooper as Mrs. Higgins

Best Adapted ScreenplayAlan Jay Lerner

Best Film EditingWilliam H. Ziegler

Audrey Hepburn wasn’t even nominated!



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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Jack Woolf)

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Best Director (Carol Reed)

Best Original or Adaptation ScoreJohn Green

Best Sound-Shepperton Studio Sound Dept.

Best Art DirectionJohn Box and Terence Marsh (Art Direction); Vernon Dixon and Ken Muggleston (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nominations

Best ActorRon Moody as Fagin

Best Supporting ActorJack Wild as Jack Dawkins aka “The Artful Dodger”

Best Adapted ScreenplayVernon Harris

Best Costume DesignPhyllis Dalton

Best CinematographyOswald Morris

Best Film Editing-Ralph Kemplen

The musical version of Dicken’s Oliver Twist.

The Broadway Melody


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Oscar Winner

Best Picture (Irving Thalberg and Lawrence Weingarten)

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Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Harry Beaumont)

Best ActressBessie Love as Harriet “Hank” Mahoney

The musical numbers are nice.  That’s all I have to say.




Mariah’s Picks

Roman Holiday-here’s her screen test.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (June 12 at 8pm/7c)-her first film after giving birth to son Sean.

The Nun’s Story (June 13 at 1:30am/12:30c)

The Children’s Hour (June 13 at 4:15am/3:15c)

The Lavender Hill Mob (June 20 at 12:15am/11:15pm c)

Funny Face (June 26 at 10pm/9c)



Mariah’s Picks

The Enchanted Cottage (available on WATCH TCM)-a beautiful love story which shows beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Rebel Without a Cause (June 15 at 8pm/7c)-Sal Mineo’s Plato was the true rebel of this picture.

Sincerely Yours (June 16 at 7:45/6:45c)-watch Liberace attempt to make it as a leading man.

Suddenly, Last Summer (June 22 at 12:45am/11:45pm c)-watch for the truly shocking ending.



Twenty-one movies and eight shorts including a repeat of Roman Holiday!


The Oscar-winner’s picks are 1955’s The Man with the Golden Arm, 1956’s Giant, and 1973’s Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.


Includes 1950’s Father of the Bride and its sequel.


David Letterman wraps up his Essentials stint with 1945’s Brief Encounter on June 3 and 1945’s The Lost Weekend on June 10.  Tina Fey starts her run on June 17 with 1946’s The Big Sleep and 1941’s The Lady Eve on June 24.


Wait Until Dark (1967)

Who would terrorize poor, blind, Audrey Hepburn?

Waterloo Bridge (1940)

The personal favorite film of leads Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor.

West Side Story (1961)

One of the few films to have two Best Directors.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Watch this movie before FX’s Feud premieres on Sunday night.

White Heat (1949)

If you only can see a little bit of this movie, watch this scene.