Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1943


dtgirbp-1943Here are the ten nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Casablanca
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Heaven Can Wait
The Human Comedy
In Which We Serve
Madame Curie
The More the Merrier
The Ox-Bow Incident
The Song of Bernadette
Watch on the Rhine

Biggest Snub:

Shadow of a Doubt

My Overall Thoughts:

Looking back on the roster of films nominated this year, it seems like a no-brainer as to the winner.

Truth is, the ultimate winner is such a timeless classic and remains the most popular film from this list.

My Rankings:

Movies

(As of now, I have seen each and every Oscar nominated film from 1946 thru the present.  Starting with 1945’s nominees, there are movies that I have yet to see, so I will only rank the films that I’ve seen so far and will update as I see the missing films.)

Updated 3 Jan ’18 – Watched Watch on the Rhine and Heaven Can Wait

Updated 14 Jan ’18 – Watched In Which We Serve, Madame Curie, The Song of Bernadette and For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • 10. The Human Comedy (Not Seen Yet)

 

  • 9. – For Whom the Bell TollsCooper and Bergman have nice chemistry together but some of the scenes are a bit too melodramatic. The ideas presented here about patriotism, loyalty and love all come across really well. I’ve never read the novel this is based on, so I’m not sure how good of an adaptation this is. The action scenes work well and I really liked the way that eventhough things seem a bit predictable, they keep the story moving at a nice pace allowing the characters to grow on us as we slowly learn more and more about their lives. 
  • 8. – The Song of Bernadette – Great tale that truly puts forth a question that deals solely with faith. The characters choose to believe or disbelieve based on their own experiences along with their hopes and dreams. Jones is great in the title role and truly deserved her Best Actress Oscar for this role because she plays the part so beautifully. It was fascinating seeing how and why different characters chose to follow their beliefs and how some changed along the way. The story drags on a bit too much and might have been even better had it been trimmed a bit.
  • 7. – In Which We Serve  – Very patriotic look at war. We get to know the characters very well and the use of their backstories via flashback gives us so much insight into their true character. Amazing cast works really well here. This was used as propaganda against the Germans during World War II and still resonates so well. Lean does a great job in his first outing as director.
  • 6. – Madame Curie
  • 5. – The More the Merrier– Starts off amazingly, but tapers off as things move along. Coburn is amazing and deservingly won an Oscar for Best Supporting actor for this role. Loved the way that the early scenes are written because the dialogue and actions of the characters are so much fun to watch as things rapidly move along. I can understand how this film could have been nominated for Best Picture that year, but in the end it’s a fun romantic comedy of the 40’s, but not the kind of film that would have been able to walk away with the big award.
  • 4. – Heaven Can Wait – Great idea that works really well. The characters and story are so enjoyable to watch as we slowly learn about their lives and everything that happens to them over the course of the near 80 years depicted. Ameche is great in the title role and it’s interesting seeing his character age since I’m more familiar with him as an older actor. I could have spent so much more time with these characters and I would have enjoyed having them expand some of the various vignettes depicted or even show us more events of his life because it was so enjoyable to take in. Nice to see this film among the Best Picture nominees of that year.
  • 3. – Watch on the Rhine – Such a fascinating story that gets more intriguing as things move along, The cast is perfect with everyone giving a great performance, but the best is clearly Lucas who won an Oscar and Globe for this role. The dialogue is quite gripping and the fact that this film (and the play it was based on) were made during the war years says so much about how things were viewed at that time.
  • 2. – The Ox-Bow Incident – Excellent movie about social pressures.  Very moving movie.
  • 1. – Casablanca – Timeless classic love story. Bogart and Bergman are both excellent here.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  Casablanca is a timeless classic that combines a love story, intrigue with has the aura of war in just about every scene.  Was quite poignant when it came out and remains so until this very day!

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

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