The Oscars – Moments of Greatness (1964)

This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“Once a year on a spring evening, Hollywood expresses its love for itself in the form of a statuette named Oscar.” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A look back at the early days of the Oscar telecast from the first awards ceremony thru 1963.

Bottom Line – As an Oscarphile, I love anything related to the award show. I have seen every one of the past 33 shows in their entirety (sometimes numerous times) an have always loved the spectacle of it all. Many people complain about the length of the show, but I never mind because it is so much fun to watch. This film is able to give us an intriguing perspective of the shows first 35 years and it’s quite fascinating to watch because of the incite of many of the Hollywood persona who are interviewed.  much of the clips and information given here are quite informative and add so much to the knowledge base of what has happened over the years in perhaps the most famous awards show. The 37 minutes of this film just gives us a taste of it all and that’s quite unfortunate that they don;t have something longer to watch. Highly Highly Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film recounts the famous Oscar story of Frank Capra in 1934 — Despair was what befell Frank Capra, personally, on the night of March 16, 1934, which he attended as one of the Best Director nominees for Lady for a Day (1933). Capra had caught Oscar fever, and in his own words, “In the interim between the nominations and the final voting…my mind was on those Oscars.” When Oscar host Will Rogers opened the envelope for Best Director, he commented, “Well, well, well. What do you know. I’ve watched this young man for a long time. Saw him come up from the bottom, and I mean the bottom. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Come on up and get it, Frank!”

Capra got up to go get it, squeezing past tables and making his way to the open dance floor to accept his Oscar. “The spotlight searched around trying to find me. ‘Over here!’ I waved. Then it suddenly swept away from me – and picked up a flustered man standing on the other side of the dance floor – Frank Lloyd!”

Frank Lloyd went up to the dais to accept HIS Oscar while a voice in back of Capra yelled, “Down in front!”

Capra’s walk back to his table amidst shouts of “Sit down!” turned into the “Longest, saddest, most shattering walk in my life. I wished I could have crawled under the rug like a miserable worm. When I slumped in my chair I felt like one. All of my friends at the table were crying.”

That night, after Lloyd’s Cavalcade (1933), beat Lady for a Day (1933) for Best Picture, Capra got drunk at his house and passed out. “Big ‘stupido,'” Capra thought to himself, “running up to get an Oscar dying with excitement, only to crawl back dying with shame. Those crummy Academy voters; to hell with their lousy awards. If ever they did vote me one, I would never, never, NEVER show up to accept it.”

Capra would win his first of three Best Director Oscars the next year, and would show up to accept it. More importantly, he would become the president of the Academy in 1935 and take it out of the labor relations field a time when labor strife and the formation of the talent guilds threatened to destroy it. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10)


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