This week we decided to pay tribute to the late Olivia de Havilland. Her movies played a huge part in the creation of this podcast, so we felt it was our duty to devote an entire episode to her. Tune in as we discuss the early days of her career, her Oscar nominated performances and the reasons she decided to leave Hollywood behind.
It's time for us to discuss another big, glossy MGM movie musical. An American in Paris managed to win Best Picture over the likes of A Streetcar Named Desire and A Place in the Sun, two films that have gone on to be considered American movie classics. So how did it manage the upset? Tune in to hear our take!
We have reached a new decade! And what a way to kick things off. All About Eve is one of the most nominated movies in Academy history. It holds the record (along with Titanic and La La Land) with an astounding 14 nominations; 5 of which were in the acting categories. It is no secret that this is one of our favorite movies, so tune in as we break down the year 1950.
In the final year of the 1940s, the Academy gave their top honor to the political thriller All The King's Men. The movie also saw wins for its leading actor Broderick Crawford and the supporting actress Mercedes McCambridge. However, 1949 was also the year of The Heiress, staring Olivia de Havilland and a young Montgomery Clift. Which movie do we think stands the test of time? Tune in and find out.
Laurence Olivier's 1948 screen adaptation of Hamlet is the only Shakespearean work to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Olivier is also the only person to direct himself to an Oscar winning performance. Viewed today, it is a cinematically breathtaking plunge into the dark world of Film Noir; and Shakespeare's text is almost too perfect for the popular genre.
1947 saw Elia Kazan win his first Best Picture/Director combo for Gentleman's Agreement. The movie also scored four acting nominations, winning in the Supporting Actress category for Celeste Holm. We break down the social themes of this black and white film and its important place in history as one of the first big Hollywood films to address the topic of anti-Semitism in a post WWII America.
One of the greatest post-WWII films ever made, The Best Years of Our Lives rightfully swept the Oscars in 1946; and that's saying quite a bit as this was also the year of Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life. Two directing giants, two of their greatest movies. It was quite the showdown. Tune in as we break down this fantastic year in film!
The first year following WWII saw an incredibly dark picture take the top honor, The Lost Weekend. Billy Wilder would go down in history as the first person to win Oscars for directing and screenwriting for this masterpiece, which only seems fitting. Tune in as we discuss this peculiar picture and Joan Crawford's iconic win for Mildred Pierce.
Still heavily involved in WWII, the Academy chose the bright, chirpy musical Going My Way as the Best Picture recipient in 1944. But did the Bing Crosby vehicle deserve the top honor over the likes of such dark film noirs as Gaslight or Double Indemnity? Tune in to hear our take!