The Picture of Dorian Grey
My Overall Thoughts:
Of the three nominees that I’ve seen, I must say that this year was a pretty weak one for nominees. The Lost Weekend is the best of this crop tho, so of the choices they had, I believe they made the right one.
- 5. – Anchors Aweigh – Interesting film that has a super thin plot but is fun because of the jokes and music. Kelly and Sinatra are great together. Typical musical that was able to win an Oscar for it’s score. Choreography of the dance number is nice to watch, but again, there isn’t much story here. Not sold that this is Best Picture worthy, but based on when it came out, I can understand how it could have been considered that way back then.
- 4. – Spellbound – Bergman and Peck are both great here, but the best character is by far Dr. Brulov played by Michael Chekhov who is written so well. Love the idea that someone with amnesia trying to decipher what he did and who he is while be chased by the authorities. Hitchcock keeps the suspense going throughout and you don’t really know what’s gonna happen as it moves along.
- 3. – The Lost Weekend – Truly a movie ahead of it’s time since the subject matter wasn’t truly a topic people discussed in public at the time. A bit slow, but great performances all around help make it so thrilling to watch.
- 2. – Mildred Pierce – Crawford does a great job in the lead role. Loved the way this film utilizes a non-linear format to give us the whole story. The way that we get to see how the characters evolve over the course of the story is great and I wasn’t expecting this film to be as interesting as it turned out to be.
- 1. – The Bells of St. Mary – Very enjoyable film that takes a simple story and keeps it interesting the entire time. The characters are all great and they keep surprising us the entire time. Crosby is notable as the first actor to receive multiple Oscar nominations for the same character and this film also has the honor of being the very first sequel to ever get a nomination for Best Picture. This is probably the most enjoyable of the 5 nominees that year.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes! TLW is the best film nominated this year despite it not being an amazing film mainly because it dealt with a subject no one really discussed in those days.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!