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




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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.

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Clips in this episode:

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

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1944 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Gaslight (George Cukor) – Awards Don’t Matter Awards Don't Matter

Subscribe via: RSS Feed // Spotify // Apple Podcasts // Google Podcasts // Pocket Casts Trigger Warning: This episode discusses instances of abuse, manipulation, and gaslighting. We arrive at one of the films that Andrew was anticipating the most when coming to discussion Best Picture winners and nominees: George Cukor's thriller Gaslight. Starring Ingrid Bergman in one of her Oscar winning roles, alongside Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and Oscar nominee Angela Lansbury, this thriller is a film that coined a phrase that has become synonymous with a horrifying act of bruality that people enact on one another. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew discuss the intensity of this  powerful, enduring classic, while also discussing the morality of Joseph Cotten's heroic character, exploring the 'one perfect shot' aspect of the film, and theorising what kind of impact Gaslight might have had on the film industry if it won Best Picture. And then they wrap up deciding how to pronounce Dune. Clips featured in this episode: A Wife's Revenge Scene // Gaslight trailer // Bloodthirsty Bessie Scene // You Think I'm Insane 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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