We are in the final week of the 31 Days of Oscar festival. For the rest of the series, all the films will be Best Picture nominees or winners.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Best Cinematography–Hal Mohr
Best Film Editing–Ralph Dawson
Best Picture (Henry Blanke)
Best Assistant Director-Sherry Shourds
The movie where James Cagney wears a donkey head.
The Maltese Falcon
Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis)
Best Supporting Actor–Sydney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman
Best Screenplay–John Huston
Bogie and others look for a jewel-encrusted bird. Huston’s directorial debut.
Best Picture (Pandro S. Berman)
Best Song–“Cheek to Cheek” by Irving Berlin
Best Dance Direction–Hermes Pan
Who cares what the plot is about! Fred and Ginger dance!
The Thin Man
Best Picture (Hunt Stromberg)
Best Director (W.S. Van Dyke)
Best Actor–William Powell as Nick Charles
Best Adaptation–Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Nick and Nora drink martinis and solve mysteries! Shot in 16 days.
Best Actress–Ingrid Bergman as Paula Alquist Anton
Best Picture (Arthur Hornblow, Jr.)
Best Actor–Charles Boyer as Gregory Anton
Best Supporting Actress–Angela Lansbury as Nancy Oliver
Best B&W Cinematography–Joseph Ruttenberg
Angela Lansbury’s film debut.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Best Picture (Jack Cummings)
Best Cinematography, Color–George J. Folsey
Best Film Editing–Ralph E. Winters
A musical about kidnapping!
Best Film Editing-Charles Nelson and William A. Lyon
Best Picture (Fred Kohlmar)
Best Director (Joshua Logan)
Best Supporting Actor–Arthur O’Connell as Howard Bevans
Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture–George Duning
Watch 37-year-old William Holden play someone at least ten years younger.
Mutiny on the Bounty
Best Picture (Irving Thalberg and Frank Lloyd)
Best Director (Frank Lloyd)
Best Scoring-MGM Studio Music Department
Best Film Editing–Margaret Booth
Gable had to shave off his famous mustache for this role.
All Quiet on the Western Front
Best Picture (Carl Laemmle, Jr.)
Best Director (Lewis Milestone)
Best Cinematography–Arthur Edeson
War is hell.
Best Picture (Lucien Hubbard)
Best Engineering Effects–Roy Pomeroy
Best Picture (William LeBaron)
Best Adaptation–Howard Estabrook
Best Art Direction–Max Ree
Best Director (Wesley Ruggles)
Best Actor–Richard Dix as Yancey Cravat
Best Actress–Irene Dunne as Sabra
Best Cinematography–Edward Cronjager
Dunne’s first Oscar nomination.