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Archive for April 22, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Best Director – 1927-1928 (Comedy & Dramatic)

(Note: THIS CATEGORY IS NOT FINISHED. I still need to watch one of the nominees. I still have not been able to find Sorrell and Son in any cheap/acceptable format. If anyone has it or knows where it can be procured, let me know, so this category can be finished.)

The very first Best Director category. It’s split up into two. So we’ll deal with one then go into the other one afterward. First let’s recap the year.

Best Picture was also split into two categories. The “Outstanding Production” of the year was Wings, while the “Unique or Artistic Production” went to Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. Then Best Actor was Emil Jannings for The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh (talked about here). And Best Actress was Janet Gaynor for Seventh Heaven, Street Angel and Sunrise (talked about here). All of them are good decisions.

And these categories — based on what was nominated (for the first one), or simply based on the effort (the second one), they were both good choices (the second being really good).

BEST DIRECTOR – 1927-1928 (Comedy)

And the nominees were…

Lewis Milestone, Two Arabian Knights

Ted Wilde, Speedy (more…)

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