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

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

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:


(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.)

  • 10.Watch on the Rhine (Not seen yet)
  • 9. Heaven Can Wait (Not Seen Yet)
  • 8. The Human Comedy (Not Seen Yet)
  • 7. In Which We Serve (Not Seen Yet)
  • 6. Madame Curie (Not Seen Yet)
  • 5. The Song of Bernadette – (Not Seen Yet)
  • 4. – For Whom the Bell Tolls (Not Seen Yet)
  • 3. – 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.
    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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