Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1958


dtgirbp-1958Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Auntie Mame
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Defiant One
Gigi
Separate Tables

Biggest Snub:

Vertigo

My Overall Thoughts:

This was an interesting year at the Oscars because the winner was the most boring of the 5 films nominated.

Two of the other films nominated are amazing and have such excellent dialogue, but I guess the voters wanted something light to win that year which is a bit unfortunate since looking back, it seems like a travesty that Gigi actually won.

My Rankings:

Movies

  • 5. – Gigi – Very boring and not entertaining at all, still don’t understand how it went 9 for 9 at the Oscars.
  • 4. – The Defiant Ones – Groundbreaking movie for its time that just didn’t resonate enough now.  Curtis and Poitier were great working off one another but too much seemed strained in their acting.
  • 3. – Separate Tables – Great dialogue, interesting characters. Niven and Miller both won Oscars for their roles. Connection between stories is a bit weak tho.
  • 2. – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Amazing dialogue-driven film.  Ives, Taylor and Newman are all superb here and keep things interesting the whole way through.
  • 1. – Auntie Mame – Russell is superb in the title role and is such a lovable character.  Has the perfect mix of drama and comedy.  Message about living life is still relevant now.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all!  Auntie Mame is an amazing film with a great message and a great lead character that has so much more to say than Gigi does.  I’m still baffled how it won 9 of 9 Oscars this year.  Maybe someone can explain it to me.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

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