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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:
1945 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock) – Awards Don't Matter –
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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
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Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU
David Giannini – @Darnthatdave
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