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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Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU
David Giannini – @Darnthatdave

Watch the Grand Hotel premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood:

1943 Best Picture Nominee: The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman) – Awards Don't Matter Awards Don't Matter

While the 16th Best Picture winner – Casablanca – stands proudly as a bonafide classic, it isn't the only nominee of that year that stands the test of time as a genuine masterpiece. That honour also falls on William A. Wellman's undervalued social drama, The Ox-Bow Incident. At a tight 75 minutes long, The Ox-Bow Incident manages to deliver a stunning thriller that leaves the three hour bloated epics in its wake. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew delve into the power of masculinity, the cruelty of mob justice, and more in this deep discussion here. Read Dave's review of The Ox-Bow Incident at Insession Film here. 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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