Haven’t done one of these in a while.
As you saw, October was horror month and November was studio logo month (specifically, variations of the classic logo for certain films). Which — I’m gonna list what all of them were down at the bottom of this article. Oh, and September, if you remember (rhyme!), was a series of my favorite shots/great shots from my favorite films. Those were a few of my fav-or-ite things, if you will.
Starting tomorrow — I’m very excited about this — will be Christmas month. All of the Pics of the Day will have to do with Christmas, either specifically, or indirectly in the sense that the scene takes place around the holidays. As we get closer to the actual day, they’ll get more and more Christmas-themed, with my favorite holiday films (and even cartoons! I’m so excited for that. I fucking love those cartoons). Then, there will be a few pseudo-holiday themed ones in the little three day lull between Christmas and the New Year’s Pics.
I’m very excited for this, since, now that I’m in Los Angeles, I don’t get cold, snow, or the abundance of Christmas cheer that I’m used to. These Pics of the Day are all I have, people!
Oh, and, I said before — January and February are all Oscar Pics of the Day. I’ll explain what I mean by that again at the end of the month. For now, let’s just revel in the Christmas spirit ((s)… Eggnog). (more…)
1940 is a year that I always say is good, but possibly not as good as it could have been (yet, it still ranks as a solid year). Rebecca wins Best Picture, beating The Grapes of Wrath. Maybe not the best decision, historically, but it’s still a solid film. Plus, there was this category to even it out. So it actually kind of works.
Jimmy Stewart won Best Actor for The Philadelphia Story (talked about here), which is the most blatant makeup Oscar of all time. They were clearly giving it to him for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington the year before. Henry Fonda or Charlie Chaplin really should have won that one. Best Actress was Ginger Rogers for Kitty Foyle, which I love, since it was the only time they could really reward her, and Joan Fontaine, who probably should have won, won the year after this, so it worked out. Best Supporting Actor was Walter Brennan for The Westerner (talked about here), which, despite it being his third, I feel actually was a good decision. And Best Supporting Actress was Jane Darwell for The Grapes of Wrath (talked about here), which makes perfect sense, because she’s “Ma.”
And then there’s this category, which, aside from the fact that Hitchcock never won an Oscar (not this category’s fault, really), is a fantastic decision.
BEST DIRECTOR – 1940
And the nominees were…
George Cukor, The Philadelphia Story
John Ford, The Grapes of Wrath
Alfred Hitchcock, Rebecca
Sam Wood, Kitty Foyle
William Wyler, The Letter (more…)