February 20, 2018

The Best Supporting Actor Oscar was first given out in 1937 with Walter Brennan winning for Come and Get It (which will be shown today).  Brennan won two more times in the next four years!

Come and Get It


Oscar Winner

Walter Brennan as Swan Bostrom

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Oscar Nomination

Best Film Editing-Edward Curtiss

Brennan won the first Best Supporting Actor Oscar which he would repeat in 1938 and 1940.

Tortilla Flat


Oscar Nomination

Frank Morgan as The Pirate

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White people play Mexicans.  A drawback of Old Hollywood.

The Story of G.I. Joe


Oscar Nominations

Robert Mitchum as Lt. Capt. Bill Walker

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Best Screenplay-Leopold Atlas, Guy Endore, and Phillip Stevenson

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture-Louis Applebaum and Ann Ronell

Best Song-“Linda” by Ann Ronell

War correspondent Ernie Pyle joins an Army unit to learn what battle is all about.

The Best Man


Oscar Nomination

Lee Tracy as President Art Hockstader

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Two presidential hopefuls vie for the President’s endorsement.

Broken Arrow


Oscar Nominations

Jeff Chandler as Cochise

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Best Screenplay-Albert Maltz

Best Color Cinematography-Ernest Palmer

A prospector tries to broker peace between white settlers and the Apache.

Sweet Bird of Youth


Oscar Winner

Ed Begley as Tom “Boss” Finley

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Oscar Nominations

Best ActressGeraldine Page as Alexandra Del Lago

Best Supporting ActressShirley Knight as Heavenly Finley

An aspiring actor/gigolo escorts an actress to his Florida hometown.

The Subject was Roses


Oscar Winner

Jack Albertson as John Cleary

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Oscar Nomination

Best Actress-Patricia Neal as Nettie Cleary

Patricia Neal’s first film after suffering a massive stroke in 1965.

Viva Zapata!


Oscar Winner

Anthony Quinn as Eufemio Zapata

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Oscar Nominations

Best Actor-Marlon Brando as Emiliano Zapata

Best ScreenplayJohn Steinbeck (!)

Best Dramatic or Comedy ScoreAlex North

Best B&W Art Direction-Lyle Wheeler and Leland Fuller (Art Direction); Thomas Little and Claude Carpenter (Set Decoration)

Brando first film after playing Stanley.

A Thousand Clowns


Oscar Winner

Martin Balsam as Arnold Burns

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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Fred Coe)

Best Adapted ScreenplayHerb Gardner

Best Adaptation or Treatment ScoreDon Walker

A recently unemployed writer fights to keep custody of his nephew.

All the President’s Men


Oscar Winners

Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee

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Best Adapted ScreenplayWilliam Goldman

Best Sound-Dick Alexander, Les Fresholtz, Arthur Piantadoisi and Jim Webb

Best Art Direction-George Jenkins (Art Direction) and George Gaines (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Walter Coblenz)

Best Director (Alan J. Pakula)

Best Supporting ActressJane Alexander as Judy Graham Hoback

Best Film Editing-Robert L. Wolfe

Now we have “Stupid Watergate.”

Ryan’s Daughter


Oscar Winners

Sir John Mills as Michael

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Best CinematographyFreddie Young

Oscar Nominations

Best ActressSarah Miles as Rosy Ryan

Best SoundGordon K. McCallum and John Bramall


Emma Bovary set in post-WWI Ireland.


February 11, 2018

The Best Art Direction category was changed to Best Production Design in 2012.  Cedric Gibbons had 39 nominations winning 11.

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm


Oscar Winner

Best Color Costume DesignMary Wills

Oscar Nominations

Best Art Direction, Color-George W. Davis and Edward Carfagno (Art Direction); Henry Grace and Dick Pefferle (Set Decoration)


Best Color Cinematography-Paul C. Vogel

Best Adaptation or Treatment ScoreLeigh Harline

A sort-of biopic about the writers of the most famous fairy-tales with three reenactments of their stories.

Little Women


Oscar Winner

Best Art Direction-Cedric Gibbons and Paul Groesse (Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis and Jack D. Moore (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nomination

Best Color CinematographyRobert Planck and Charles Schoenbaum

The second major adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic.

Knights of the Round Table


Oscar Nominations

Best Art Direction, Color-Alfred Junge and Hans Peters (Art Direction); John Jarvis (Set Decoration)

Best SoundA.W. Watkins

An adaptation of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights.

The Red Shoes


Oscar Winners

Best Art Direction, Color-Hein Heckroth (Art Direction) and Arthur Lawson (Set Decoration)

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureBrian Easdale

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)

Best Motion Picture StoryEmeric Pressburger

Best Film EditingReginald Mills

A ballerina must choose between her art and love.

America, America


Oscar Winner

Best B&W Art Direction-Gene Callahan

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Elia Kazan)

Best Director (Elia Kazan)

Best Original Screenplay-Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan’s account of his uncle’s immigration to America.

Moulin Rogue


Oscar Winners

Best Art Direction, Color-Paul Sheriff (Art Direction) and Marcel Vertes (Set Decoration)

Best Costume Design, ColorMarcel Vertes

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (John Huston)

Best Director (John Huston)

Best ActorJose Ferrer as Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

Best Supporting ActressColette Marchand as Marie Charlet

Best Film Editing-Ralph Kemplen

This is not the Nicole Kidman/Ewan MacGregor version.

Julius Caesar


Oscar Winner

Best B&W Art Direction-Cedric Gibbons and Edward Carfagno (Art Direction); Edwin B. Wills and Hugh Hunt (Set Decoration)


Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (John Houseman)

Best ActorMarlon Brando as Marc Antony

Best Dramatic or Comedy ScoreMiklos Rozsa

Best B&W CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg

Shakespeare with Marlon Brando.

Barry Lyndon


Oscar Winners

Best Art Direction-Ken Adam (Art Direction); Roy Walker and Vernon Dixon (Set Decoration)

Best Original Score Score or Adaptation ScoreLeonard Rosenman

Best Costume DesignMilena Canonero and Ulla-Britt Soderlund

Best CinematographyJohn Alcott

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Stanley Kubrick)

Best Director (Stanley Kubrick)

Best Adapted ScreenplayStanley Kubrick

A man tries to cheat his way to the top.



Oscar Winners

Best Art Direction-John Truscott (Art Direction); Edward Carrere and John W. Brown (Set Decoration)

Best Original Song Score or Adaptation ScoreAlfred Newman and Ken Darby

Best Costume Design-John Truscott

Oscar Nominations

Best CinematographyRichard H. Kline

Best Sound-Warner Bros. Seven Arts Studio Sound Department

The last film produced by Jack Warner.


February 27, 2017

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Gene Kelly dances in the rain.  Saw it on the big screen in January.  Love!

Some Like it Hot (1959)

Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon dress as women because they are on the run from mobsters.

Spartacus (1960)

Would you believe Kirk Douglas was 44 when he did this?

Stage Door(1937)

A great chick flick.

Stagecoach (1939)

John Wayne’s big break.

A Star is Born (1937)

Watch the first version of this movie before you see the newest version with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga hits theaters.

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Two guys meet on a train and discuss swapping murders.  Only one is kidding.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

The film that put Brando on the map.


August 7, 2016



Another SUTS newbie!  TCM will be showing 11 films of the Oscar-winning character actor.  Here are a few of my picks.

Gypsy (1962)


Karl plays the second husband of Rosalind Russell’s Rose in the first movie adaptation of the Broadway smash.

On the Waterfront (1954)


Karl was nominated for his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a tough, crusading priest who helps Marlon Brando take on racketeering on the docks of New Jersey.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)


Malden won an Oscar for his portrayal of a southern belle’s suitor.

Baby Doll (1956)


Malden plays the husband of a 19-year-old who sleeps in a crib!  Must be seen to be believed!