1934 Best Picture Nominee: The Thin Man (W. S. Van Dyke) – Awards Don’t Matter



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The utterly delightful and charming first entry in the six (6!) long film series, The Thin Man, was nominated for Best Picture in 1934, losing out to It Happened One Night. In this episode of Awards Don’t Matter, hosts Dave and Andrew discuss the charm of this mystery film, the impact it had on films going forward, the difficulty in discussing light hearted fare, and the need for joy in moments of darkness. Dig on in.

Watch the trailer for The Thin Man here:

And check out this montage of the ‘alcohol moments’ from the film:

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1942 Best Picture Winner: Mrs Miniver (William Wyler) – Awards Don't Matter Awards Don't Matter

As we arrive at the 15th Best Picture winner, Mrs Miniver, we find ourselves in the depths of the cinematic output during World War Two. As such, the Academy Award winners during the era reflected an optimism or jingoism that was needed to drive people to support the war effort. William Wyler's film is one such winner, with Greer Garson taking the lead and winning the Best Actress award. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew skirt around discussing Mrs Miniver as they seek to find the entry point for this enduring classic, while discussing the optimistic array of the 1942 Best Picture nominees, while also comparing the new normal of wartime and the new normal of our current pandemic era. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. 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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