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Archive for March 28, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Best Director – 1945

The last of the 1945. We’ll dispense with all the bells and whistles and just recap.

The Lost Weekend wins Best Picture, Best Actor for Ray Milland (talked about here), and this category. Joan Crawford wins Best Actress for Mildred Pierce (talked about here). Best Supporting Actor was James Dunn for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (talked about here), and Best Supporting Actress was Anne Revere for National Velvet (talked about here). All of them were great decisions.

And then this category is self-explanatory. Wilder should have won the year before this, and directed the Best Picture winner this year, so this is cut and dry.

BEST DIRECTOR – 1945

And the nominees were…

Clarence Brown, National Velvet

Alfred Hitchcock, Spellbound

Leo McCarey, The Bells of St. Mary’s

Jean Renoir, The Southerner

Billy Wilder, The Lost Weekend (more…)

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Pic of the Day: “Mr. Grady, You WERE the caretaker here.” “I’m sorry to defer with you, sir, but YOU are the caretaker. You’ve always been the caretaker. I should know, sir. I’ve always been here.”