My Overall Thoughts:
Great nominees once again this year.
Four of the five could have conceivably taken home the top award, but I think the Academy members chose correctly in the end because the winner is such a timeless film that still is relevant 70 years after it was made.
- 5. – The Yearling – Somewhat interesting story that probably is much better as a novel instead of on film. Peck, Wyman and Jarman are all fine here, but some of the scenes feel quite contrived. Says a lot about the hardships and loneliness of life at that time and place.
- 4. – The Razor’s Edge – Interesting look at how someone effected by war and destruction could try and find a better way to live his life especially when everyone else tries to remain in their high society circles. Also liked the way this film dealt with personal tragedies and jealousy because it all feels so real. Great cast led by Powers. Baxter really deserved her Best Supporting Actress Oscar because the range of her character is really immense.
- 3. – Henry V – Great production of a Shakespearean story for it’s time. Liked the way it mixes live action scenes with scenes done on a stage to give us an impression of what people saw at The Globe. Olivier does an amazing job here presenting the play. Proved that to everyone at the time that it was indeed possible to make a film based on Shakespeare’s work and make it economically viable.
- 2. – It’s A Wonderful Life – There’s a reason this is considered a classic and is shown every year around Christmas; the story and it’s message are quite poignant and timeless. We all wonder what affect we have on the world and this film shows that even small things that we may think are inconsequential can significantly change everything in the world we live in.
- 1. – The Best Years of Our Lives – Amazing film because it remains timeless with its themes even after 70 years. Unbelievable cast helps make this film feel so real. It deservingly won 8 Oscars that year and remains extremely powerful in so many aspects. The bond shared by these men is indescribable and their need for one another to weather the return home is such a powerful and emotional theme that is repeatedly shown here.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! This is one of my all time favorite films because it is so emotional and (unfortunately) still remains poignant for the way returning soldiers are treated and how they feel upon returning from war. IAWL is also amazing and has become a classic over the years, but this film is still so much more powerful a story.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!