1931-1932 Best Picture Winner: Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding) – Awards Don’t Matter



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As expected, going through the Best Picture winner history, we were bound to find a forgotten classic, neglected by time and popular culture, and worthwhile celebrating. Well, here we are with Edmund Goulding’s Best Picture winner, Grand Hotel.

Featuring stellar performances from an all star cast, with Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt, and more, Grand Hotel was nominated for one single Oscar – Best Picture – and triumphed in its sole category.

Hosts Andrew and Dave discuss the tragedy of its sole nomination, and the value of a talkie like this. Dig on in.

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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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