1943 Best Picture Nominee: The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman) – Awards Don’t Matter



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While the 16th Best Picture winner – Casablanca – stands proudly as a bonafide classic, it isn’t the only nominee of that year that stands the test of time as a genuine masterpiece. That honour also falls on William A. Wellman’s undervalued social drama, The Ox-Bow Incident.

At a tight 75 minutes long, The Ox-Bow Incident manages to deliver a stunning thriller that leaves the three hour bloated epics in its wake. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew delve into the power of masculinity, the cruelty of mob justice, and more in this deep discussion here.

Read Dave’s review of The Ox-Bow Incident at Insession Film here.

Opening clip is the masterful trailer for the film:

And if you need to watch the film itself, check it out on YouTube here:

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

Subscribe via: RSS Feed // Spotify // Apple Podcasts // Google Podcasts // Pocket Casts 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 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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