My Overall Thoughts:
The nominees this year were quite diverse and really showed the range and differences possible when looking at the spectrum of films made that year.
I think that they made a good choice in the end, but in retrospect, they could have made a better choice!
(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. – All This and Heaven Too
- 9. – Kitty Foyle
- 8. – The Long Voyage Home
- 7. – Our Town
- 6. – The Philadelphia Story – Interesting rom-com from the 40’s, but very dated. Great cast with Stewart garnering a Best Actor Oscar for this role.
- 5. – The Letter – Davis is great here as a woman who committed murder who she claims was in self-defense. The way they explore love, racism and even the way the court system work in foreign occupied countries are all done expertly by Wyler.
- 4. – The Grapes of Wrath – Great look at the effects of the depression on family life as we watch the journey f a family across the US in order to find salvation in California. Fonda is superb here!
- 3. – Rebecca – Interesting psychological thriller when Hitchcock was still warming up. Nice cast and Hitchcockian twists galore. Seems a bit dated now tho.
- 2. – Foreign Correspondent – The fact that this plot was originally written 5 years before War actually broke out in Europe also shows a bit of prophesy that worked to everyone’s benefit in the end. Hitchcock’s genius in setting up a story and keeping us thrilled throughout is quite evident here.
- 1. – The Great Dictator – Chaplin at his best. This is my favorite of all of his movies. It’s amazing how astute he was to what was going on without really knowing it. He does a perfect imitation of Hitler and we laugh at the absurdity of it all.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! Rebecca is a great thriller by Hitchcock, but when comparing films that defined the year in retrospect, it is clear that The Great Dictator was a spectacularly made film showing the absurdity of the direction that the world was heading at the time.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!