Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1931


dtgirbp-1931Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Cimarron
East Lynne
The Front Page
Skippy
Trader Horn

Biggest Snub:

City Lights

My Overall Thoughts:

Watching the old films that won BP is quite a perplexing task since many of the winners no longer feel very deserving of the award. 

Perhaps they use to look for something else back then when seeking the answer to which film was the best one of the year.

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.)

  • 5. – East Lynne –
  • 4. – Skippy –

 

  • 3. – Cimarron – Pretty boring and drawn out movie.  Stay away unless you have trouble sleeping.
  • 2. – Trader Horn – The story itself isn’t very memorable yet the visuals of a location shoot in Africa at that time is breathtaking to watch. The amount of wildlife filmed in their natural element is great to see. The rest of the story tho feels very average but I can actually understand how such an undertaking at that time could garner a nomination for Best Picture despite it being it’s lone nomination
  • 1. –  The Front Page – Fun screwball comedy that shows the power of the press when a crime happens. Menjou and O’Brian are fun to watch as they deliver the rapidfire dialogue that is spot on!

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all.  Of the two I’ve seen, Cimarron was extremely boring because it just goes on and on and TFP was much more entertaining to say the least.

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

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