The Lost Weekend is Billy Wilder’s first Best Picture winning film, and first time winning Best Director as well. For a director that many may know as a comedy-focused great, this journey into the darkness of alcohol addiction is bleak, powerful, and ultimately a very sobering affair.
With a searing Best Actor award winning performance from Ray Milland, and a comforting supporting turn from the ever-reliable Jane Wyman, The Lost Weekend stands as a Best Picture winner that has fallen out of conversation but deserves reappraisal. On Awards Don’t Matter, co-hosts Dave and Andrew discuss this noir-tinged drama at length, touching on some very sensitive and possibly triggering subjects.
Ultimately, this leads them to the enduring question: does The Lost Weekend still matter?
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
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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