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.





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Oscar Winner

Mary Pickford as Norma Besant

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Pickford cut off her long locks for this role (and a change).

Min and Bill


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Oscar Winner

Marie Dressler as Min Divot

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A woman does everything in her power to protect her adopted daughter from the girl’s birth mother.

The Divorcee


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Oscar Winner

Norma Shearer as Jerry Bernard Martin

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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Robert Z. Leonard)

Best Director (Robert Z. Leonard)

Best Writing-John Meehan

Norma’s brother Douglas won an Oscar for Best Sound Recording the same night, making them the first siblings to win Oscars.

Lady for a Day


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Oscar Nominations

Dame May Robson as Apple Annie

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Best Picture (Frank Capra)

Best Director (Frank Capra)

Best AdaptationRobert Riskin

A street vendor tries to masquerade as a member of high society.

Theodore Goes Wild


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Oscar Nominations

Irene Dunne as Theodora Lynn/pen name Caroline Adams

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Best Film Editing-Otto Meyer

A church-going woman writes a racy novel based on her hometown.

Ball of Fire


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Oscar Nominations

Barbara Stanwyck as Katherine “SugarPuss” O’Shea

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Best Original Story-Billy Wilder and Thomas Monroe

Best Music Score of a Dramatic PictureAlfred Newman

Best Sound RecordingThomas T. Moulton

Stanwyck had quite the year in 1941.  She also had memorable turns in The Lady Eve and Meet John Doe.

Kitty Foyle


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Oscar Winner

Ginger Rogers as Katherine “Kitty” Foyle

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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (David Hempstead)

Best Director (Sam Wood)

Best Screenplay-Dalton Trumbo

Best Sound Recording-John Aalberg

Kitty is torn between a very rich man and a middle-class doctor.



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Oscar Winners

Bette Davis as Julie Mardsen

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Best Supporting ActressFay Bainter as Aunt Belle Massey

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke)

Best ScoringMax Steiner

Best CinematographyErnest Haller

Bette Davis didn’t get the part of Scarlett O’Hara, so this was the next best thing.

The Three Faces of Eve


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Oscar Winner

Joanne Woodward as Eve White/Eve Black/Jane

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Woodward made her own dress for the Oscar ceremony.

Born Yesterday


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Oscar Winner

Judy Holliday as Emma “Billie” Dawn

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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (S. Sylvan Simon)

Best Director (George Cukor)

Best Screenplay-Albert Mannheimer

Best B&W Costume DesignJean Louis

Holliday beat out the career triumphs of Bette Davis and Gloria Swanson!

The Lion in Winter


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Oscar Winners

Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Best Adapted ScreenplayJames Goldman

Best Original ScoreJohn Barry

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Joseph E. Levine, Jane C. Nusbaum, and Martin Poll)

Best Director (Anthony Harvey)

Best ActorPeter O’Toole as King Henry II of EnglandKing Henry II of England

Best Costume Design-Margaret Furse

This was the only true tie in Academy Award history. In 1932, Wallace Beery and Fredric March technically tied because they were only separated by one vote.  Hepburn shared the award with Barbra Streisand.



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Oscars Winners

Janet Gaynor as The Wife

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Best Unique and Artistic Picture (William Fox)

Best Cinematography-Charles Rosher and Karl Struss

Oscar Nomination

Best Art DirectionRochus Gliese

Gaynor held the record for youngest best actress until 1986 when Marlee Matlin won.

Blue Sky


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Oscar Winner

Jessica Lange as Carly Marshall

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By the time this 1990 production was released in 1994, the director had been dead for three years!


Ginger is our SUTS star today with 13 films one of which is a TCM premiere, 1952’s Dreamboat.

Mariah’s Picks

Bachelor Mother (1939-6:15 pm/5:15 pm c)

Ginger cannot convince anyone that the baby she stopped from rolling down the steps at the orphanage is not hers.  The baby in the movie real name was Elbert…Junior.

Kitty Foyle (1940-8 pm/7 pm c)

Ginger won an Oscar for her portrayal of a working-class girl who falls for a blue blood.

Top Hat (1935-10 pm/9 pm c)

One of Fred and Ginger’s best.


Vertigo (1958)

Watch Jimmy Stewart get really creepy toward Kim Novak in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece.

Victor/Victoria (1982)

Watch starving actress Julie Andrews disguise herself as a female impersonator and confuse the heck out of James Garner.

Vivacious Lady (1938)

Jimmy Stewart and Ginger Rogers marry after a whirlwind romance.  Now, all Jimmy has to do is tell his parents and fiancée.