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By path40a
June 19, 2003

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This is my 600th post!

In my quest to see as many Great Movies as possible, I've taken several paths to selecting films to tape/rent/watch:

1. Any movie listed with a 4-star rating in the TVweek guide that I receive in my Sunday newspaper.
However, the resulting selections have been of inconsistent quality, IMNSHO; I have no idea what method the AJC uses for rating movies.

2. Any movie listed in the top 250 on imdb.com, on Ebert's "Great Movie" list, or receiving passionate praise on this board.
These choices have ranged from excellent to not so great as well, especially those recommended by Ebert.

3. Any movie which Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide rates with 3 1/2 or 4 stars.
Thus far, this has been the most consistent method I've found for finding films worth seeing. In fact, I've even lowered my standard to films with 3-star ratings and have not been disappointed.

4. Any movie which has won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Before you put too much stock into the quality of these films, realize that there has always been politicking involved in these awards, especially in early years when the studios encouraged "block voting", and years later (through today) by the actors/actresses themselves.

For this last criterion, without getting too much into the obvious side discussion and/or arguments about which other Great Movies from that year should have won (or at least have been nominated;-), here is some information and my comments about the 66 films I've seen:

1929 The Broadway Melody - this is an enjoyable, though dated, musical about two sisters trying to make it on Broadway, and their men. You'll also briefly see two venerated character actors early in their careers, William Demarest and James Gleason.

1930 All Quiet on the Western Front - a film which begins with a school teacher glorifying war to his young German students who then enlist only to learn the true horror of it. Participating in this film caused lead actor Lew Ayres to become a conscientious objector during WW II.

1932 Grand Hotel - one of the first big star extravaganzas (Garbo, two Barrymores, Crawford and Beery) which, ironically, failed to earn ANY other Academy Award nominations (the only Best Picture winner with this distinction). It's a story about the lives of several people in a very plush hotel where "nothing ever happens".

1934 It Happened One Night - Frank Capra's first Oscar winner was also the first film to sweep the top five awards (Best Picture, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing). The original script was titled "Night Bus" after the book on which the film was based. Includes the famous scene of Claudette Colbert raising her skirt above her knees while hitchhiking, to Clark Gable's astonishment.

1935 Mutiny on the Bounty - Strong performances by Clark Gable (also in the previous year's Best Picture winner), Charles Laughton (unforgettable as Captain Bligh - 19th on AFI's list of Top Villains), and Franchot Tone prompted three Lead Actor nominations from the film which, predictably, led to the only other Lead Actor nominated (Victor McLaglen in The Informer) taking home the gold. A classic story, this was the first remake to win Best Picture (BP).

1936 The Great Ziegfeld - The first of consecutive Lead Actress Oscars for Luise Rainer (with The Good Earth (1937)), whom I thought overacted a bit, in this so so musical. However, the production numbers for the time (and to some degree, even now) must have been spectacular. The trend which continues to this day by Oscar voters to select a run-of-the-mill musical over other quality candidates, especially comedies, began here.

1938 You Can't Take It With You - This story about class distinctions highlighted by a family of eccentrics was Capra's third (and last) Best Director Oscar in five years, though he did receive two more nominations for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (which, like this film, teams Jean Arthur with James Stewart) and It's A Wonderful Life (1946). Even though it's got a 7.9 rating on imdb.com, it hasn't received enough votes to be listed in their "Top 250 Movies of All-Time", else it'd be somewhere around #150. Grand Illusion was the first foreign language film to be nominated.

1939 Gone With the Wind - I couldn't possibly add any new information about this first color film to win the Oscar, in a year which featured so many great films - http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18619540 , but I'll try ... did you know that George Reeves, the original TV Superman, is in the movie?

1940 Rebecca - Manderlay's housekeeper Mrs. Danvers is 31st on AFI's Top Villain list in this movie about expectations & disillusionment. It was the first film Alfred Hitchcock made in Hollywood, his only one to win Best Picture; he never won a Best Director Oscar! David O. Selznick's second straight BP Oscar and the first of only THREE Hitchcock films he produced after initially luring him to Hollywood with a FOUR picture, $800,000 contract. The other two were Spellbound (1945) and The Paradine Case (1947), which both starred recently deceased Gregory Peck. In case you care, Notorius (1946) (produced by Hitchcock himself) was counted as the fourth picture in the contract.

1941 How Green Was My Valley - The lovely Maureen O'Hara starred in this John Ford epic about a pre-union mining town. Ford won his second consecutive Best Director Oscar (also his third in seven years), beating Hitchcock with The Grapes of Wrath in 1940. He went on to win his fourth (and final) Best Director Oscar in another film starring Ms. O'Hara (The Quiet Man (1952)). This film beat Citizen Kane, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, John Huston's debut film The Maltese Falcon, Sergeant York, and Hitchcock's Suspicion!!!

1942 Mrs. Miniver - this terrific film about perseverance & courage helped rally U.S. support for our British allies in WW II. The first film to receive five acting nominations, winning two (one for Lead Actress Greer Garson & one for the comely Teresa Wright, Supporting Actress) and also earned William Wyler his first (out of three) Best Director Oscar. His other two were earned directing the Best Pictures in 1946 and 1959. Walter Pidgeon was also in last year's BP winner.

1943 Casablanca - "Here's looking at you, kid" - Actually should have competed with Mrs. Miniver in 1942 since it premiered in New York in November of that year. However, it didn't play in Los Angeles until its general release that January, so it competed in 1943. Michael Curtiz finally won a Best Director Oscar on his fifth try and was never nominated again despite directing many quality films over nineteen more years. Bogart's Rick was voted the #4 hero by AFI.

1945 The Lost Weekend - Ray Milland received his Best Actor Oscar (his only nomination) portraying a drunk, in this film which earned Billy Wilder receive his first Oscars (Director and Screenplay) and showcases Jane Wyman's dramatic acting ability for the first time, leading to her first (of four) Best Actress nomination in The Yearling (1946) (and award for Johnny Belinda (1948)).

1946 The Best Years of Our Lives - This film about veterans returning home from WW II includes disabled Army veteran Harold Russell, who received two Oscars (Best Supporting Actor and Honorary for bringing hope & courage to his fellow veterans) for his performance, the only time an actor has received two Oscars for the same performance.

1950 All About Eve - Bette Davis' famous line "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" is just one reason this film about ambition & ruthlessness is remembered. Another is the fact that it was the second to receive five acting nominations, though only George Sanders won (Supporting Actor). Anne Baxter's Eve Harrington is #23 on AFI's villain list.

1951 An American in Paris - "It's wonderful, it smarvelous", an average musical featuring so many (44!) elaborate sets was the best picture of 1951? Probably not. Instead, it was likely the beneficiary of a split vote between A Streetcar Named Desire and A Place in the Sun.

1952 The Greatest Show on Earth - An apt name for a Cecil B. DeMille film, this one about circus life. It earned him his only non-honorary Oscar on his only Best Picture nomination. However, I think he too benefited from a split vote between High Noon and John Ford's The Quiet Man. As previously mentioned, Ford won the Best Director award (over DeMille). Great "every man" Jimmy Stewart plays a circus clown never seen without his make-up throughout the entire movie. A great film, The Bad and the Beautiful, wasn't nominated for BP but won five Oscars anyway.

1953 From Here to Eternity - How many times have you seen the scene with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr rolling in the surf? Popular Oscar themes, boxing & the beginning of WW II, serve as backdrops for this film which garnered five acting nominations, winning Supporting Actor Oscars for Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed. Tied Gone With The Wind for the most Academy Awards won (eight) at the time.

1954 On the Waterfront - Best Director winner Elia Kazan's justification for "ratting" on friends and colleagues to the House Un-American Activities Committee is thinly veiled in this story about the onset Waterfront Crime Commission hearings on union crime and underworld (vs. communist) infiltration. Five acting nominations with Brando (Terry Malloy is #23 on AFI's hero list) winning his first Oscar on his fourth consecutive Best Actor nomination (also a Supporting award for Eva Marie Saint on her only nomination).

1955 Marty - Paddy Chayefsky's first of three Best Writing Oscars has Best Actor Ernest Borgnine playing against type - http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18233914 - in the role that Rod Steiger played on TV two years earlier ... a sign that TV had arrived! An insightful story about loneliness, peer pressure, and homeliness. The only BP winner to win the Cannes Film Fest's Palme d'Or, also the shortest (91 minutes) to win.

1956 Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne's novel about modern transportation and the resultant "shrinking globe" was adapted in this year which featured long, epic (& biblical) nominated pictures. Producer (& Elizabeth Taylor's third husband) Michael Todd, whose film technique, Todd-AO, was used for only the second time in this movie, won his only Oscar (he was killed less than a year later in a plane crash).

1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai - O.K. now, everybody whistle;-) A long film about "keeping a stiff upper lip", following orders, and leadership earned David Lean his first Best Director Oscar (though Howard Hawks was originally asked to direct it). Can you image Cary Grant (as was originally planned) in lieu of William Holden? Soon to be Sir (along with Lean) Alec Guinness received his only Best Actor Oscar.

1958 Gigi - Of all the films in this post, one has to wonder how this ho hum musical earned all nine Oscars for which it was nominated. Was it just a weak year or did The Defiant Ones and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof cancel each other out as well? It's a mystery.

1959 Ben-Hur - this biblical remake saved MGM from bankruptcy and won a record eleven Oscars, unequaled until Titanic (1997). Best Actor Charleton Heston solidifies his typecasting in biblical epics. The spectacularly constructed chariot race set is the kind of great movie special effects that may never be attempted again (since the advent of CGI). Best Director Wyler's 12th (out of 13, by far the most) nomination.

1960 The Apartment - Corporate ladder climbing is just one of the storylines in this second (of seven) successful pairing(s) of Director Wilder and Lead Actor Jack Lemmon. Wilder took home three Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing - Screenplay) which may have been an attempt by Academy voters to fix their gaffe the previous year when these two were first paired in Some Like It Hot, which wasn't even nominated for Best Picture!

1961 West Side Story - This updated Romeo and Juliet tale, on the streets of New York, is the only movie so far to share the Best Director Oscar between two directors, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Can you believe that Elvis was Director Wise's first choice to play the Romeo (Tony) character opposite "Juliet", Maria played by Natalie Wood (whose singing voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who later dubbed Audrey Hepburn's singing voice in My Fair Lady)? TEN Oscars out of 11 nominations.

1962 Lawrence of Arabia - 216 minutes of film (second only to GWTW) without a single female speaking a line! Check out the other Great Movies from this outstanding year - http://www.filmsite.org/1962.html - if you need another reason to appreciate how great this movie is. A biography of T.E. Lawrence, his adventures, his legend, and AFI's #10 hero.

1964 My Fair Lady - one of "my favorite movies", though it should have starred Julie Andrews who starred with Rex Harrison on Broadway. In a bit of Oscar irony, Ms. Andrews won the Best Actress Oscar playing Mary Poppins and Ms. Hepburn wasn't even nominated. Alan Jay Lerner's film adaptation of Bernard Shaw's classic Pygmalion story.

1965 The Sound of Music - "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" - a weak year for Great Movies saw this delightful Rodgers & Hammerstein musical win over Carlo Ponti's Doctor Zhivago. In another Oscar irony, Mary Martin (who played Maria on Broadway) co-produced the film making $80 million while paying Julie Andrews only $225,000!

1966 A Man for All Seasons - one of my more recent viewings. A pretty good film about a man who sticks to his principles when everyone else has abandoned theirs for convenience, power, wealth, and/or the status quo. Does the audience for this film exist today (would anyone "get it";-)?

1967 In the Heat of the Night - I saw this a couple of months ago for the first time and it's a GREAT one about prejudice and racism. Terrific performances by Sidney Poitier (Virgil Tibbs is #19 on AFI's hero list) and Rod Steiger, who won his only Best Actor Oscar on (incredibly) his last nomination. It was the first PG movie ever to win the Best Picture Oscar (if you don't count the re-ratings of the earlier films).

1968 Oliver! - "Consider yourself, at home", "Food glorious food" and many other many memorable songs and scenes mark this musical version of Charles Dickens's classic Oliver Twist. In my opinion, you'll find no better character acting than Ron Moody as Fagin (though he lost the Best Actor Oscar to Cliff Robertson's Charly) in this film - OUTSTANDING!

1969 Midnight Cowboy - the big deal about this film is the fact that it was the first X-rated movie to win Best Picture (BTW, it was re-rated R in 1971 without being re-edited). Otherwise, it just doesn't hold up. Sylvia Miles 6-minute performance received a Best Supporting Actress nomination?! Though not a strong year for Great Movies, I'd have voted for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid instead.

1970 Patton - "Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." George C. Scott was the first Best Actor to refuse his award for his autobiographical portrayal of the famous General, #29 on AFI's hero list.

1971 The French Connection - The first R-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture; Gene Hackman ("Popeye" Doyle is #44 on AFI's hero list) won his first, and only Best Actor, Oscar playing an intense cop trying to bring down a narcotics smuggler. Many classic scenes including a harrowing car chase and the complete dismantling of a car in order to find hidden heroin.

1972 The Godfather - rated #1 on imdb.com (what more can one say;-) An look at life inside the Mafia. Brando tried to pull a George C. Scott at the Academy Awards ceremony, did it poorly with a fake Indian actress, and yet still got a Best Actor nomination for The Last Tango in Paris the following year. Go figure! Also, Best Picture nominee Cabaret won 8 Oscars, a record for films not also winning BP. Lots of great trivia about this film - http://us.imdb.com/Trivia?0068646

1973 The Sting - Marvin Hamlisch got an Oscar for ripping off Scott Joplin;-) Robert Redford got his only Best Actor nomination for his role in this film. A very entertaining con man film complete with twists, turns, and plenty of index finger nose rubbing;-) The first female (Julia Phillips) produced nominee and winner.

1974 The Godfather: Part II - The first and only (so far) sequel to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. Rated #3 on imdb.com (another very popular "family" film;-) Five acting Oscar nominations but only Best Actor Robert DeNiro took home the (supporting) gold, on his first nomination. Pacino's Michael Corleone was voted AFI's #11 villain.

1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Nicholson won his first Oscar on his fifth nomination. Best selling author Ken Kesey said he would never watch the movie version of his story about life in a mental hospital and even sued the movie's producers because it wasn't shown from Chief Bromden's perspective, like the novel. The second picture ever to win the top five awards (see 1934 It Happened One Night). Louise Fletcher's Nurse Ratched is the #5 villain on AFI's list.

1976 Rocky - Boxer Balboa is the #7 hero on AFI's list. What if Stallone had accepted the $150,000 the producers offered him to let Ryan O'Neal play the lead? The fight scene was filmed in reverse order starting with the fifteenth round and Stallone and Weathers in heavy make-up. As filming continued, the make-up was slowly removed until they were at round one. In part, because of this technique, the movie won an Oscar for Best Film Editing.

1977 Annie Hall - Inexplicably, this relationship film about two neurotic people in love beat Star Wars for Best Picture and Director Woody Allen beat George Lucas and Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), his first nomination, as well;-) The Turning Point received 11 nominations without winning a single Oscar.

1978 The Deer Hunter - This brooding film about Vietnam earned Christopher Walken his only Oscar (Supporting Actor) and not only beat out one of the same, Coming Home, but also two other very depressing movies, Midnight Express & An Unmarried Woman, nominated that year.

1979 Kramer vs. Kramer - one can learn to hate Meryl Streep (also in last year's winner), or at least the character she plays, watching this film about divorce, surviving as a single (male) parent, and the custody battle. Do you think the incident with Dustin Hoffman's character and his kid in the bathroom after nailing the interview should have cost him the job? This film was very nearly the 3rd one to win the top five awards, except Streep's was for Supporting Actress.

1980 Ordinary People - one of my absolute favorite movies probably because I could identify so much with the character Timothy Hutton (Best Supporting Actor) played. No, my older brother didn't drown or die prematurely. However, he was the BMOC type and everyone loved him. And no, my mother wasn't an unfeeling b*tch like Mary Tyler Moore's "mom" nor my father a weak-kneed pushover like Donald Sutherland's character, but I've seen both types in spades. Robert Redford's directorial debut earned him the Oscar.

1981 Chariots of Fire - I was a hurdler in high school, so this one is special even though it came out after I graduated. Hard to get charged up about the Brits winning track & field gold over the USA in the Olympics though. The first of consecutive Best Picture Oscars taken home by the British (Sir John Gielgud in both).

1982 Gandhi - is AFI's #21 hero, portrayed on film by Ben Kingsley whose performance earned him his only Best Actor nomination and Oscar (though he's received two Supporting nominations). Best Director Richard Attenborough beat Spielberg and his film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Spielberg later directed Attenborough in Jurassic Park (1993).

1983 Terms of Endearment - I can still remember the tears. Of course I've always loved Shirley MacLaine movies (she finally won gold on her fifth and last, so far, Best Actress nomination) and this film is so good it almost makes having to watch Debra Winger tolerable. A film about family relationships, particularly mother & daughter. Producer James L. Brooks won his only three Oscars in his directorial debut (also for Best Adapted Screenplay).

1984 Amadeus - saw this incredible story about Mozart earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Be sure to read Uhura's review - http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18802739 - Best Actor F. Murray Abraham won gold on his only (to date) nomination. Milos Forman won his second Best Director Oscar (the first was for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest).

1985 Out of Africa - One of the worst movies to win Best Picture IMNSHO. Simply awful, especially Streep's accent. This biography of Karen Blixen (?) is predictably dull. Another Spielberg snub (The Color Purple - 11 nominations without a single Oscar win) or just a weak year? TCM's Essentials host Sydney Pollack's only Best Director Oscar, and his last nominations so far.

1986 Platoon - Two bad BPs in a row! Oliver Stone's (Michael Moore's role model?) semi-autobiographical account of his experiences in Vietnam (about as honest a film as its polar opposite The Green Berets (1968);-) A final purge of guilt for the Academy voters?

1987 The Last Emperor - this was on TCM in January, I believe. Pretty good film biography about Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China (more interesting than most documentaries;-) It won all NINE Academy Awards for which it was nominated, like Gigi!

1988 Rain Man - a buddy film: one is a selfish yuppie, the other is his institutionalized savant brother featuring an unforgettable performance from Best Actor Dustin Hoffman (one of his two Oscars, the other was earned in 1979's Best Picture) . Lots of hilarious interplay in this one - http://us.imdb.com/Quotes?0095953

1989 Driving Miss Daisy - filmed here in Atlanta (another buddy film;-), it's about a twenty year relationship between an old jewish woman who needs a driver (played by Best Actor nominee Morgan Freeman). A weird year at the Academy Awards - http://us.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Academy_Awards_USA/1990/ - Octogenarian Jessica Tandy wins the Best Actress Oscar on her first nomination. Only the third BP whose director wasn't nominated. Personally, I preferred watching Ray (and Terence Mann) "go the distance".

1990 Dances With Wolves - a very good film about the vanishing West and Native American life (so good it's hard to believe Costner produced and directed it;-) He received his only Academy Award nominations to-date for this film, losing only the Best Actor award (to Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune, the only time he's ever been nominated as well).

1991 The Silence of the Lambs - I've said it before and I'll say it again, this may be the last Great Movie. It IS the last (3rd overall) to win the top five awards. Released in February (before the 1990 AA's), it is the only film to be released on video before it won Best Picture. AFI recently proclaimed Hannibal Lecter the #1 villain (no argument here) and Clarice Starling the #6 hero also. Beauty and the Beast is the only animated film to be BP nominated, so far.

1992 Unforgiven - though I personally prefer watching his spaghetti Westerns, it was great to see Eastwood finally get Oscar recognition. A replay of two years prior (ala Costner and his Western), Clint received the Director and Producer Oscars while losing the Best Actor award on these, his only Academy Award nominations! But his Best Actor loss was just bad timing, he was up against Pacino who won his only Best Actor Oscar on his seventh attempt for Scent of a Woman. Al was also up for the Best Supporting award that year for Glengarry Glen Ross, which ironically he lost to Gene Hackman from this film.

1993 Schindler's List - haunting, awesome (I guess this Spielberg kid can direct;-) real story about the Holocaust. The first Black & White film to win since 1960. Oskar Schindler is 13th on AFI's hero list; Amon Goeth is #15 on their villain list.

1994 Forrest Gump - did this really win best picture? Or was it a made-for-MTV movie of the week? Tom Hanks' portrayal of the fictional title character (a man with a low IQ but the stereotypical "heart of gold"), whose life experiences are historic, earned him his second consecutive Best Actor Oscar (the other was Philadelphia). Back to the Future trilogy director Robert Zemeckis earned his one Oscar (the only time he's been nominated for Best Director).

1995 Braveheart - outstanding ... FREEDOM!!! A fictionalized account of William Wallace. Like Costner and Eastwood before him, popular actor Mel Gibson got his turn to take home his only Oscars (Director and Producer) on his only nominations so far. But unlike the other two, Gibson was snubbed, didn't even receive a Best Actor nomination, in this year that Hollywood was obviously on drugs (Nicolas Cage won the Best Actor award for Leaving Las Vegas).

1996 The English Patient - rented & watched this last month the day after I saw Gandhi. Liked the other film better ('nuff said?) I think Seinfeld got this one right when he parodied it in his episode of the same name. A story about a horribly burned pilot, the nurse who tends to his wounds, love but primarily adultery, during the war ... warms your heart, doesn't it? NINE Oscars (like Gigi;-) Can you say "weak year"?

1997 Titanic - I know y'all love to hate this one, it's trendy, but I liked it better than L.A. Confidential (I really did, no matter what you say;-) It shares the distinction of receiving the most Academy Award nominations (14) with All About Eve AND winning the most (11) with Ben Hur. It's also by far the highest grossing film of all time - http://us.imdb.com/Charts/worldtopmovies (may I too one day make a film that y'all dislike this much;-) James Cameron's only three Oscars (Director, Editing, Producer) and nominations, so far.

1998 Shakespeare In Love - pretty good film, the title is the plot, but I don't agree that Private Ryan should have won instead (my pick would have been the Best Foreign Language film Life is Beautiful) Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress gold (with her only nomination to date) and Dame Judi Dench won her only Oscar (Supporting) as well.

1999 American Beauty - had to finally rent this after all the hullabaloo on this board;-) It was very good for me primarily because I identify so much with the Spacey character;-) A story about life in the suburbs, that is if you live on the Left Coast!

2000 Gladiator - not as good as Spartacus (1960) (he said again - http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15916020), but the best from this year, obviously. Best Actor Russell Crowe's Maximus is #50 on AFI's hero list.

2001 A Beautiful Mind - Russel Crowe again? I liked this movie about John Nash, but absolutely LOVED the book (which I read about a year after seeing the film) - http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18122355

2002 Chicago - best choice in a weak year? The best thing I can say about this film is that in lieu of just filming a popular stage musical with more elaborate sets, the director and editor for this film really used the medium well to tell the story with the action of its stars (in lieu of doubles), e.g. by utilizing "quick cuts". Based upon what I've read, this technique really wasn't done to cover up or hide any lack of talent on the part of the principals either (however, as War has pointed out, even slick editing could not hide the fact that Gere can't tap dance). I think it's been so well received because it moves the adequate story along efficiently with intriguing musical numbers, in lieu of the way Moulin Rouge made you say "not another song, please!" and "is it over yet, can I leave now?" Chicago is much "tighter".

These are the NINE Best Picture winners I've yet to see:

1928 Wings
- the only silent film to win (I also haven't seen "Sunrise", which also "sort of" won BP that year)
1931 Cimarron - Irene Dunne's first of five (without a win) Best Actress nominations
1933 Cavalcade
- the second Best Director Oscar for Frank Lloyd, who also directed the 1935 BP winner
1937 The Life of �mile Zola
- stars 5-time Best Actor nominated Paul Muni (won his only Oscar the previous year) - on TCM July 15!
1944 Going My Way
- Best Actor nominee Barry Fitzgerald (lost to co-star Bing Crosby) won the Supporting Oscar for the same role!
1947 Gentleman's Agreement
- Gregory Peck just passed away:-( Elia Kazan's first Best Directing Oscar
1948 Hamlet
- first foreign-made film to win it
1949 All the King's Men
- Best Actor Broderick Crawford's only nomination & award
1963 Tom Jones
- five acting nominations

Any one have a copy I could borrow?


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