And the Oscar Goes to…All About Eve

All About Eve hits a number of landmarks. It’s the first Best Picture winner to be primarily about women, it received an unprecedented 14 Oscar nominations, and well, watch my review to find out the rest. It stars Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, and George Sanders. It’s directed and written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It’s the Best Picture winner of 1950. It’s a tale of the theater like no other. It’s All About Eve.

Scrooge (1951)

scrooge-5Yesterday, my wife and I watched two versions of Charles Dickens’s immortal classic. One was the 1999 TV movie starring Patrick Stewart (my review is here), and the other was the much acclaimed Alastair Sim film released in 1951 under the title of Scrooge in the UK and A Christmas Carol in the United States. I had seen the Sim version many years ago. I remember liking it, but most of the details were pretty hazy in my mind. So coming to it again, it was almost like I was watching it for the first time, which lent itself really well to a review. Continue reading

And the Oscar Goes to…: Hamlet

The first and so far only Shakespeare film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, Hamlet (1948) was Sir Laurence Olivier’s second Shakespeare film as director. It landed him a Best Director nomination and won him his only acting Oscar. Also nominated for Best Score and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Jean Simmons, Hamlet took home four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Costume Design for a Black and White film,  and Best Art Direction for a Black and White film. Beating out Johnny Belinda, The Red Shoes, The Snake Pit, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, this is the Best Picture of 1948.