Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1932

dtgirbp-1932Here are the eight nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Bad Girl
The Champ
Five Star Final
Grand Hotel
One Hour With You
Shanghai Express
The Smiling Lieutenant

Biggest Snub:

Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde

My Overall Thoughts:

Grand Hotel remains the only Oscar Best Picture winner to have not been nominated for any other awards and that seems to make sense since the film itself isn’t as prolific as one would think of a BP winner.

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.)

  • 8.- Arrowsmith
  • 7.- Bad Girl
  • 6.- The Champ
  • 5. – Five Star Final
  • 4. – One Hour With You
  • 3. – The Smiling Lieutenant


  • 2. – Grand Hotel – Pretty boring ensemble pic, but was definitely the beginning of the genre of ensemble films.
  • 1. – Shanghai Express – Thrilling mystery set in an exotic location which keeps things interesting the whole way through.  The mix of characters works really well and they do a great job of slowly giving us pertinent information as things move along.  Great cast led by Dietrich.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not really!  GH is an interesting precursor for the ensemble genre, but just doesn’t resonate today as much as it probably did back then.  SE is a fun thriller filled with intrigue and romance, so it’s much more interesting to watch.

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


One thought on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1932

  1. Grand Hotel is great…as an unintentional comedy. It’s truly bizarre, but if you accept Garbo’s ludicrous performance, Lewis Stone as a robot (sort of like Ash in Alien), and clangers like “Flix!” and “Louisiana Flip!” as jokes, it becomes a laugh riot. It really is an enjoyable picture, though not for the reasons that the makers probably intended.


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