Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1949


dtgirbp-1949Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

All the King’s Men
Battleground
The Heiress
A Letter to Three Wives
Twelve O’clock High

Biggest Snub:

The Third Man

My Overall Thoughts:

This was another ok year of nominees.

Only three films are powerful enough IMHO to have taken home the award:

All the King’s Men does a wonderful job showing what politics can do to a well meaning and decent politician and even back then, everyone loves a good story about politics and corruption.

Battleground showed the horrors of war that were quite recent in people’s memories and is a shocking display of the phrase war is Hell”

A Letter to Three Wives is a very clever concept and manages to balance the humor and seriousness the whole way through.

 

My Rankings:

Movies

  • 5. – The Heiress – Drags too much, but the performances are pretty good.  De Havilland won a Best Actress Oscar for her role.
  • 4. – Twelve O’clock High – Nice aerial shots of real WWII fighting.  Interesting view of the psychological effects of war on soldiers.
  • 3. – All the King’s Men – Amazing performance by Crawford helps elevate this film to a higher status thatn it probably deserves.  The story tho is quite simple, yet very timeless.
  • 2. – A Letter to Three Wives – Excellent writing by Mankiewicz. Both funny and dramatic script done well.
  • 1. – Battleground – Grueling look at the horrors of war that seems so real and is still poignant today.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – yes and No!  ATKM is a great story about corruption and good intentions in politics, but Battleground is such a powerful film about the horrors of war.  Coming so soon after the war, this was quite groundbreaking at the time, but as great as it is (and deserving of winning), nothing was gonna be able to beat a film about corruption and politics.

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

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