1927-1928 Best Picture Winners: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans and Wings – Awards Don’t Matter




Help keep The Curb independent by joining our Patreon.



Welcome to the first discussion episode of Awards Don’t Matter!

Hosts David and Andrew discuss the first two Best Picture winners, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans and Wings.

Two? Yep! The first Academy Awards had some quirks with the F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans winning the only instance of the Best Unique and Artistic Picture, while William A. Wellman’s Wings won the first iteration of the Best Picture Oscar, then known as Outstanding Picture.

David and Andrew take a look at both films, while ultimately asking the question… do these films matter any more?

Join them on the 15th of May for the next episode taking a look at the second Best Picture winner, The Broadway Melody.

Join along with the discussion as a new episode drops each month by following the discussion on social media on Twitter at @AwardsDontPod and Facebook at Awards Don’t Matter. And shoot through any questions or thoughts to AwardsDontMatterPod@gmail.com.

Clips in this episode:

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Wings – same gender kiss
Wings – tracking shot

Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.

Follow the hosts on social media at the links below:

Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU
David Giannini – @Darnthatdave

1938 Best Picture Nominee: Grand Illusion [La Grande Illusion] (Jean Renoir) – Awards Don't Matter Awards Don't Matter

'This is why I'm obsessed with movies' – Dave We reach a monumental moment in the history of the Academy Awards: the first film not in the English language to be nominated for Best Picture. This is Jean Renoir's masterpiece, Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion). Nominated solely for Best Picture, this masterful film encompasses the war movement in 1914, following captive French soldiers and their engagement with enemy forces. Find out why this one in particular matters more than most. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod Read Roger Ebert's piece in Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion) here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BT5DX07x94&t=29s
  1. 1938 Best Picture Nominee: Grand Illusion [La Grande Illusion] (Jean Renoir) – Awards Don't Matter
  2. 1938 Best Picture Winner: You Can't Take it With You (Frank Capra)
  3. 1937 Best Picture Nominee: A Star is Born (William A. Wellman) – Awards Don't Matter
  4. 1937 Best Picture Winner: The Life of Emile Zola (William Dieterle) – Awards Don't Matter
  5. 1936 Best Picture Winner The Great Ziegfeld (Robert Z. Leonard) – Awards Don't Matter
  6. 1935 Best Picture Nominee Top Hat (Mark Sandrich) – Awards Don't Matter
  7. 1935 Best Picture Winner Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd) – Awards Don't Matter
  8. 1934 Best Picture Nominee The Thin Man (W. S. Van Dyke) – Awards Don't Matter
  9. 1934 Best Picture Winner It Happened One Night (Frank Capra) – Awards Don't Matter
More Stories
Reigns Review