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.
(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!