The Letter


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis)

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Best Director (William Wyler)

Best ActressBette Davis as Leslie Crosbie

Best Supporting ActorJames Stephenson as Howard Joyce

Best Original ScoreMax Steiner

Best B&W CinematographyGaetano Gaudio

Best Film Editing-Warren Low

Oscar nominee Stephenson would die of a heart attack one year later.

Captains Courageous


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Oscar Winner

Best ActorSpencer Tracy as Manuel Fidello

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Louis D. Lighton)

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Best AdaptationJohn Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, and Dale Van Every

Best Film Editing-Elmo Veron

Spencer Tracy was one of the greatest actors, but he could not do accents.

The Ox-Bow Incident


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Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Lamar Trotti)

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The last film to be solely nominated for Best Picture.

The Sundowners


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Fred Zinnemann)

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Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

Best ActressDeborah Kerr as Ida Carmody

Best Supporting ActressGlynis Johns as Mrs. Firth

Best Adapted ScreenplayIsobel Lennart

Shot in Australia and surprisingly Robert Mitchum could do an Australian accent.

Anatomy of a Murder


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Otto Preminger)

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Best ActorJames Stewart as Paul Biegler

Best Supporting ActorArthur O’Connell and George C. Scott as Parnell McCarthy and Claude Dancer

Best Adapted ScreenplayWendell Mayes

Best B&W CinematographySam Leavitt

Best Film Editing-Louis R. Loeffler

The judge was played by Joseph N. Welch, who was involved in the televised McCarthy hearings.

Kings Row


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis)

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Best Director (Sam Wood)

Best B&W CinematographyJames Wong Howe

Dark secrets in a small town.

On the Waterfront


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Sam Spiegel)

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Best Director (Elia Kazan)

Best ActorMarlon Brando as Terry Malloy

Best Supporting ActressEva Marie Saint as Edie Doyle

Best ScreenplayBudd Schulberg

Best B&W Art DirectionRichard Day

Best B&W CinematographyBoris Kaufman

Best Film Editing-Gene Milford

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActorLee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, and Rod Steiger as Michael J. Skelly aka “Johnny Friendly”, Father Barry, and Charley “the Gent” Malloy

Best Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureLeonard Bernstein

Fun fact: winner Eva Marie Saint gave birth the next day.

All the King’s Men


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Robert Rossen)

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Best ActorBroderick Crawford as Willie Stark

Best Supporting ActressMercedes McCambridge as Sadie Burke

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Robert Rossen)

Best Supporting ActorJohn Ireland as Jack Burden

Best ScreenplayRobert Rossen

Best Film EditingRobert Parrish and Al Clark

There was a 2006 remake.  Don’t watch it.



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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Laurence Olivier)

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Best ActorLaurence Olivier as Hamlet

Best B&W Art DirectionRoger K. Furse (Art Direction) and Carmen Dillon (Set Decoration)

Best B&W Costume DesignRoger K. Furse

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Laurence Olivier)

Best Supporting ActressJean Simmons as Ophelia

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture-William Walton

Olivier had quite the night.

Around the World in 80 Days


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Michael Todd)

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Best Adapted Screenplay-James Poe, John Farrow, and S.J. Perelman

Best Dramatic or Comedy ScoreVictor Young (posthumous)

Best Color CinematographyLionel Lindon

Best Film EditingGene Ruggiero and Paul Weatherwax

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Michael Anderson)

Best Art Direction, Color-James W. Sullivan and Ken Adam (Art Direction); Ross J. Dowd (Set Decoration)

Best Costume Design, ColorMiles White

This movie is considered to be one of the worst Best Picture winner of all time.






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Oscar Nominations

Eleanor Parker as Marie Allen

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Best Supporting ActressHope Emerson as Evelyn Harper

Best Story and ScreenplayVirginia Kellogg and Bernard C. Schoenfeld

Poor Eleanor Parker.  She was nominated in a year that included Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Judy Holliday, and Gloria Swanson in career triumphs.  She was lucky to even be nominated.  In a different year, she would have had a better chance.

Some Came Running


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Oscar Nominations

Shirley MacLaine as Ginnie Moorehead

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Best Supporting ActorArthur Kennedy as Frank Hirsh

Best Supporting ActressMartha Hyer as Gwen French

Best Costume DesignWalter Plunkett

Best Song“To Love and Be Loved” by James Van Heusen (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics)

A bad boy returns to his hometown after many years away.

Two Women


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Oscar Winner

Sophia Loren as Cesira

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A woman and her daughter are raped by soldiers in WWII Italy.

A Streetcar Named Desire


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Oscar Winners

Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois

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Best Supporting ActorKarl Malden as Harold “Mitch” Mitchell

Best Supporting ActressKim Hunter as Stella Kowalski

Best B&W Art DirectionRichard Day (Art Direction) and George James Hopkins (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Charles K. Feldman)

Best Director (Elia Kazan)

Best ActorMarlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski

Best ScreenplayTennessee Williams

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureAlex North

Best Sound RecordingNathan Levinson

Best B&W CinematographyHarry Stradling

Best B&W Costume DesignLucinda Ballard

Brando lost to Bogie.

I Want to Live!


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Oscar Winner

Susan Hayward as Barbara Graham

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Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Robert Wise)

Best Adapted ScreenplayDon Mankiewicz and Nelson Gidding

Best Sound RecordingGordon E. Sawyer

Best B&W CinematographyLionel Lindon

Best Film EditingWilliam Hornbeck

Robert Wise watched a real execution for research.

BUtterfield 8


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Oscar Winner

Elizabeth Taylor as Gloria Wandrous

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Oscar Nomination

Best Color CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg and Charles Harten

Shirley MacLaine later said she lost to a tracheotomy.  Look it up, kids.



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Oscar Winner

Joan Fontaine as Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth

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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Alfred Hitchcock)

Best Music Score of a Dramatic PictureFranz Waxman

Fontaine was the only person to win an Oscar in a Hitchcock movie.

Johnny Belinda


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Oscar Winner

Jane Wyman as Belinda McDonald

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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Jerry Wald)

Best Director (Jean Negulesco)

Best ActorLew Ayers as Dr. Robert Richardson

Best Supporting ActorCharles Bickford as Black McDonald

Best Supporting ActressAgnes Moorehead as Aggie McDonald

Best ScreenplayIrma Von Cube and Allen Vincent

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureMax Steiner

Best Sound RecordingNathan Levinson

Best B&W Art Direction-Robert M. Haas (Art Direction) and William O. Wallace (Set Decoration)

Best B&W CinematographyTed D. McCord

Best Film EditingDavid Weisbart

My mom was named after this movie.

Dead Man Walking


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Oscar Winner

Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen Prejean

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Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Tim Robbins)

Best ActorSean Penn as Matthew Poncelet

Best Song“Dead Man Walking” by Bruce Springsteen



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Oscar Winner

Jane Fonda as Bree Daniels

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Oscar Nomination

Best Original ScreenplayAndy Lewis and Dave Lewis

The first Oscar for Fonda.

Women in Love


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Oscar Winner

Glenda Jackson as Gudrun Brangwen

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Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Ken Russell)

Best Adapted Screenplay-Larry Kramer

Best CinematographyBilly Williams

AKA “The Naked Men Wrestle in the Living Room” movie



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.


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.



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.





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!