And the Oscar Goes to…From Here to Eternity

Apparently, I forgot to most this back in mid-May when it was published on YouTube. Sorry.

This 1953 Best Picture winner makes some daring post-war comments about the military while also telling the dramatic stories of four, lost somewhat broken people who effect each other’s lives in 1941 Hawaii. Let’s take a look at how this, at the time, record tying Oscar winner (eight wins and 13 nominations) pulls all that off.

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And the Oscar Goes to…The Greatest Show on Earth

There’s romance, crime, thrills, laughs, and fun under the big top in this drama by director Cecil B. DeMille and starring Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charleston Heston, and Jimmy Stewart. In a controversial upset, “The Greatest Show on Earth” won the 25th Academy Award for Best Picture over “High Noon” with Gary Cooper. Does it meet expectations? Watch my review to find out.

And the Oscar Goes to…All the King’s Men

It took a while, but we finally reached the end of the 1940s. I’m thankful to say the decade is ending on a good, I might even say fantastic, note. It’s a political drama directed and written by Robert Rossen and starring Broderick Crawford in a role that won him an Oscar for Best Actor. Supposedly based on the life of Louisiana politician Huey Long, All the King’s Men (1949) tells the story of Willie Stark, an idealistic man turned corrupt when he becomes Governor of an unnamed U.S. state. It’s a harsh, hard hitting story that still hits all the right notes, remaining just as relevant as ever. Also nominated for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for John Ireland, Best Supporting Actress for radio veteran but film newcomer Mercedes McCambridge (who ended up taking home the award), and Best Editing for Robert Parrish and Al Clark, this is the Best Picture of 1949.