Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1952


dtgirbp-1952Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

The Greatest Show on Earth
High Noon
Ivanhoe
Moulin Rouge
The Quiet Man

Biggest Snub:

Singin in the Rain

My Overall Thoughts:

Interesting year of nominees.  Three of the 5 films are done extremely well, while the other two are pretty mediocre.

Since there was so much politics going on at the time with the HUAC hearings, it’s no surprise that the best film which depicts standing up for yourself and beliefs was beat out by a “fluff” piece on the circus.

My Rankings:

Movies

  • 5. – Moulin Rouge! – Does a nice job depicted how physical ailments can affect the way people think of themselves when they don’t get encouragement from those around them.  Ferrer does a pretty impressive job playing a character so short (especially due to his tall statue). The story moves along quite slowly and doesn’t pick up much momentum along the way.
  • 4. – The Greatest Show on Earth – Somewhat fun look at the circus, but not a very interesting film. Nice to see Stewart in a rile completely different from what we are used to.
  • 3. – The Quiet Man – Great collaboration between Ford and Wayne that helps showcase the range both of them had. Wayne is not your typical romantic actor, but he easily slips into the lead character here and does more than a decent job opposite O’Hara. Very good story that works on various levels. The landscapes are shot amazingly and it’s not too surprising that Ford went on to win the Oscar for Best Director that year. (His 4th)
  • 2. – Ivanhoe – Great film that is an amazing companion piece to the story of Robin Hood. Taylor, Fontaine, Sanders and Taylor are all great here.  Has some great fight scenes, including an amazing castle siege, spectacular jousts and even a small arms battle.  Loved the way that they deal with religious freedom here and also how characters from different sects must decide whether or not to work together in order to overcome a common goal.  Great romance angles.
  • 1. – High Noon – Amazing film that shows what men of honor and duty must do in order to keep the peace and their integrity.  Cooper is superb in the lead.  Loved the way it is done in near real-time because it raises the stakes and the intensity of it all.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all!  High Noon is a much better film because it has a real point to it.  It was a great analogy to what was happening in the US at the time yet was boycotted quite easily.

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

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