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



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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.

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1944 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: Going My Way (Leo McCarey) Awards Don't Matter

As World War Two wraps up, we ease out of one of the worst events of modern humankind with one of the most charming and inconsequential Best Picture winners yet, Leo McCarey's Going My Way. Bing Crosby won Best Actor, and dual nominee for the same role, Barry Fitzgerald won Best Supporting Actor, both playing priests keeping their church and its constiuents alive. Dave and Andrew navigate religion, priests, music, and charm in this discussion that tries to pat this nice little film on the shoulder for trying. Thankfully, this isn't the musical Cats, nor is it another Best Picture winner, Spotlight. Clips featured in this episode: Going My Way trailer // Right Field Pitcher // They Let it Happen from Spotlight Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod 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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