1938 Best Picture Nominee: Grand Illusion [La Grande Illusion] (Jean Renoir) – Awards Don’t Matter



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‘This is why I’m obsessed with movies’ – Dave

We reach a monumental moment in the history of the Academy Awards: the first film not in the English language to be nominated for Best Picture.

This is Jean Renoir’s masterpiece, Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion). Nominated solely for Best Picture, this masterful film encompasses the war movement in 1914, following captive French soldiers and their engagement with enemy forces. Find out why this one in particular matters more than most.

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Read Roger Ebert’s piece in Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion) here.

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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