Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1936


dtgirbp-1936Here are the ten nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Anthony Adverse
Dodsworth
The Great Ziegfeld
Libeled Lady
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Romeo and Juliet
San Francisco
The Story of Louis Pasteur
A Tale of Two Cities
Three Smart Girls

Biggest Snub:

Modern Times

My Overall Thoughts:

Of the films Ive seen, this was truly the year of the biopic since the two best films are from that genre and are much better than the other nominees.

The two adaptations are both decent, but better adaptations were make later on.

Capra, who made a name for himself in the 30’s as the film maker with hope in his films also managed to once again make a film that landed in the list of nominees.

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.)

  • 10.- Anthony Adverse
  • 9.- Dodsworth
  • 8.- Libeled Lady
  • 7.- Three Smart Girls
  • 6.- San Francisco

 

  • 5. – Romeo and Juliet –  Somewhat mediocre adaptation of The Bard’s famous work.  None of the actors really stand out here but it is clear that the leads should have been younger than Howard and Shearer were.  It’s cold reception led to a drought in Hollywood when it came to adapting Shakespeare’s work until Olivier proved that it could be done a few years later.
  • 4. – A Tale of Two Cities – Great adaptation of Dicken’s novel that really helps the characters jump off the pages. Visually, this film looks amazing and not having known the full story beforehand, I found it all very intriguing to watch unfold.
  • 3. – Mr. Deeds Goes to Town – Another great Capra tale that tries to show that even during the depression, there were stories of hope.  Cooper is great as the lead here.
  • 2. – The Great Ziegfeld – Great idea, just not followed through well enough. Too many musical numbers and too little of a real plot and it’s all a bit uneven.
  • 1. – The Story of Louis Pasteur – Great biopic for its time. Muni was amazing in this role and although it’s 80+ years old, it’s very interesting to watch how science was perceived and changed just over 150 years ago

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No.  TGZ is definitely a biopic that came before it’s time due to its epic scope, but TSoLP is a slightly more interesting tale.  Further proof as to how much the Academy members have always loved films about themselves.

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

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