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James Cagney danced and sung his way to a Best Actor Oscar for Michael Curtiz’s Best Picture nominated film, Yankee Doodle Dandy. In this episode of Awards Don’t Matter, both Andrew and Dave are genuinely surprised by the love they have for a film that has all of the faults of other films that were nominated in 1942, and that they’ve covered in the past. We also ask, will Lin Manuel Miranda get a film like this in the future, and at what point is patriotism too much? Dig on in.
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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