1930-1931 Best Picture Winner: Cimarron (Wesley Ruggles) – Awards Don’t Matter




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From the peaks of All Quiet on the Western Front to the possible valley of Wesley Ruggles Best Picture winner, Cimarron. As the Academy Awards first major epic film to win the big prize, this outwardly racist and categorically theatrical film covers the decades after the historic Oklahoma land rush in the late 1800’s, following the Cravat family.

In this episode, hosts Andrew and Dave have their first disagreement about the value of this Best Picture winner. Andrew stumbles in his defence of a film that is possibly indefensible, while Dave stands steadfast in the evisceration of this Western film.

Clips used in this episode are pulled from Cimarron, copyright owned by Fox Pictures. The music at the end is from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, copyright owned by Sony ATV Publishing.

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1945 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock) – Awards Don't Matter Awards Don't Matter

Subscribe via: RSS Feed // Spotify // Apple Podcasts // Google Podcasts // Pocket Casts 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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