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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.
1945 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock) – Awards Don't Matter –
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For some reason, the last Alfred Hitchcock film to be nominated for Best Picture is his 1945 psychological thriller, Spellbound. Featuring an early performance from Gregory Peck, and another lead performance from Ingrid Bergman, Spellbound was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and winning the Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Oscar for Miklós Rózsa.
While co-hosts Dave and Andrew could have gone the easy route by discussing Mildred Pierce, a much more worthy Best Picture nominee (and deserving winner too), they instead digest how psychology is presented by Hitchcock, how to present a good amnesia film, while also being surprised by the fun of the film.
Spoilers abound for The Yearling too.
Clips presented in this episode: Spellbound trailer // Liverwurst scene // Therapy Scene
Follow the hosts on social media at the links below:
Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU
David Giannini – @Darnthatdave
Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
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