Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1954


dtgirbp-1954Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

The Caine Mutiny
The Country Girl
On the Waterfront
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
Three Coins in a Fountain

Biggest Snub:

Seven Samurai

My Overall Thoughts:

Another great year of nominees.

Three of the five films are superb and one more is an extremely fun musical.  The fifth slot is a pretty boring and bland romance and I’m not quite sure how it made it this far.

My Rankings:

Movies

  • 5. – Three Coins in a Fountain -Pretty bland romance film of the 1950’s that doesn’t really have a memorable cast or story but the title song is still great today.  A bit too predictable but that’s par for the course in this genre. Still a tad baffled that this was nominated for Best Picture that year.
  • 4. – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Amazingly choreographed which makes it so much fun to watch.  The barn raising scene is so much to watch.  The songs are extremely catchy and I got such a kick out of watching the way fights takes place in a world filled with dancing.  Numerous scenes reminded me of West Side Story (1961) by the way they dealt with ‘macho’ characters having to sing and dance.
  • 3. – The Country Girl -All 3 leads are great here and they all do a wonderful job making their characters feel real.  Amazing dialogue helps this film move along at a great pace.  Kelly won Best Actress for this film and she truly deserved it because of the emotional range of her character.  This story manages to give us characters with lots of psychological baggage and we get to see how it effects everything they do in life.
  • 2. – The Caine Mutiny – Great story that asks the age old question of who is more fit for command; a man with experience on paper or in the field? The top notch cast helps make this so enjoyable to watch. It can easily been seen how numerous other movies about command decisions in battle borrowed from this movie’s message. The questions raised here by Wouk are very adaptable to other real life situations.
  • 1. – On the Waterfront – Great film that should be seen on it’s own merit and not for underlying themes which are powerful, but very entrenched in the politics of the days.  Excellent acting.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  Amazing that such a film was made and accepted by Hollywood at the time of the MacCarthy witch hunts, but it still remains extremely poignant 60 years later.

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

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