Best Oscar Songs of the Sixties

Some of the most memorable Best Oscar winning or Oscar nominated songs of the sixties were written by the teams of: Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach/Hal David and James Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn. I’m sure you recognize all of these songs: Best Songs 1960-1969 1960 Never on Sunday from the movie Never on Sunday Melinafilm, Lopert…

Best Picture Ben Hur 1959

Reading a best seller that was written in 1880 is certainly a challenge. I was curious how the book Ben Hur  written by General Lew Wallace held up to the screenplay written by Karl Tunberg for the 1959 Best Picture of the Year. It was an arduous read and left me shaking my head at…

Forever Changed…

VE day occurred on May 8, 1945 and VJ day occurred on August 15, 1945. Actors, writers, directors were coming home from the war. For the rest of the decade at the Oscars, Best Song Awards were handed out to lighter tunes that once you start humming them you just couldn’t get them out of…

The War Years and Oscar

America finally joined the Second World War in December 1941; the rest of the world had already been fighting for a couple of years. Bette Davis was the Academy President for the 1941 Oscars held on February 26, 1942. Carole Lombard had died on January 16, 1942 while returning from a War Bond drive. Normally…

1939

        The most anticipated film of the year was based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gone With the Wind a book about a sixteen year old southern Belle’s loves and losses during the civil war and reconstruction. Twenty-six year old Vivien Leigh would play two sixteen year old characters…

The Way You Look Tonight

Within a two year period and six nominations Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies picked up the Best Song Oscar twice. The music for: The Way You Look Tonight for the 1936 movie Swing Time (RKO) won Best Song at the Oscars and was written by Jerome Kern with Lyrics written by Dorothy Fields. In…

1927 First Year of Oscar

Qualifying films released in Los Angeles between the dates of August 1, 1927 through July 31, 1928 were listed by the Academy and sent out to its membership to vote for nominations for awards. Their deadline was August 15, 1928. Then a Board of Judges from each Academy Branch narrowed down achievements from ten to…

Ben Hur

The 1959 version of Ben Hur was one of the greatest movies made in the past century. Best Picture, Best Actor(Charlton Heston), Best Supporting Actor(Hugh Griffith), Best Director(William Wyler, MGM), Best Cinematographer – Color(Robert Surtees), Best Art Direction/Set Direction, Best Costume Design-Color(Elizabeth Haffenden), Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Special Effects, Best Music Score(Miklos Rozsa),…

Caesar and Cleopatra

              Historically speaking, I guess I am one of the few people that do like George Bernard Shaw’s version of these two ancient history Icons. Played by two of classic Hollywood’s acting icons, British born Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. Leonard Maltin is not happy with this British made…

Golden Globes

Hope it’s a Hot time at the old Golden Globes tonight!

Summer Under the Stars ~ Thelma Ritter

Thelma Ritter six times nominated for Oscar’s Best Supporting Actress: All About Eve (1950),The Mating Season (1951),With a Song in My Heart (1952),Pickup on South Street (1953), Pillow Talk (1959), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

The Wizard of OZ

The beauty of The Wizard of Oz could not have been achieved if not for Cedric Gibbons, who has appeared as Art Director on over 1500 films- though he had only worked on several- and claimed the title of the “Man who designed the Oscar.” The role of Dorothy was originally to be given to Shirley…

All About Eve ~ Best Picture 1950

I like this Best Picture because the characters can be related to not only the stage or say the screen but in everyday life. We all have our little Eve’s to deal with, sweet and seemingly innocent and worshipful at first and then BAM. Fourteen nominations six wins who knew a movie (metaphorically speaking) about…

Gregory Peck Academy President 1967

Sometimes the Oscar show is rescheduled due to a National Tragedy which happened April 10, 1968. The assassination of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 shocked the nation. The Oscars were programed for April 8th but due to Dr. King’s funeral the show went on, only a couple of days later. Gregory Peck…

Elia Kazan Honorary Academy Award 1998

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro presenting Elia Kazan with an Honorary Academy award. Sometimes the Academy Awards are embroiled in controversy. For 1998 the 71st year of the awards the commotion was about the Academy Board of Governors deciding to give Elia Kazan an Honorary Award in recognition of his indelible contributions to the…

Cary Grant Honorary Academy Award 1969

Frank Sinatra presenting Cary Grant an Honorary Academy Award for the Oscars 42nd year 1969. We love that the Academy always makes amends for Awards Not Given. Having never received an Oscar Cary Grant was given an Honorary Achievement Award as did Deborah Kerr (1993) and Fred Astaire (1950). Cary Grant received his Honorary Achievement…

Charlie Chaplin Special Award 1971

Special Award presented to Charlie Chaplin in 1972 for the Forty-Fourth Academy Awards 1971. We love that the Academy can create Special Awards when the situation calls for it. In the early days they found they had candidates that didn’t fit into an award category at all. Charlie Chaplin for instance was originally on the…

Julie Andrews Best Actress 1964

Sidney Poitier Best Actor 1963 presenting Julie Andrews Best Actress 1964. Sometimes the Academy actually honors the stuff you like. Upon discovering that The Continental (from the film The Gay Divorcee) won for best music, I began to realize how “right” the Academy actually got the awards for those early films. Seeing Norma Shearer’s out-of-the-box…

Elizabeth Taylor Best Actress 1960

Yul Brynner Best Actor of 1956 for The King and I presenting Elizabeth Taylor Best Actress Award 1960. Butterfield 8 I imagine kids today wonder what kind of a title that is. Well in the 1950’s it was a very special phone number for a very special call girl; Elizabeth. Controversy surrounds this film. Should…

Donna Reed Best Supporting Actress 1953

Walter Brennan three times Best Supporting Actor Presenting Donna Reed Best Supporting Actress of 1953 Donna Reeds dash down the aisle in her heels and strapless evening gown to accept her award for the character Alma that she portrays in From Here to Eternity isn’t an academy first but it might be the fastest. I…

Elizabeth Taylor – Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award 1992

Angela Lansbury presenting Elizabeth Taylor with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for 1992 in 1993. Very rarely the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences make acceptations to the rules and present double awards for the same category. The list is small and in 1993 it was decided that two people would be awarded the…

Audrey Hepburn – Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award 1992

Gregory Peck presenting Audrey Hepburn with Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993 for 1992. In 1954 Jean Hersholt presented Audrey Hepburn with her first Oscar for her performance in the 1953 film Roman Holiday. On March 29, 1993 Audrey Hepburn received posthumously the award that was created after Jean Hersholt’s death in 1956. Audrey passed…

Audrey Hepburn Best Actress 1953

Gary Cooper Best Actor 1952 reading nominations for Best Actress 1953. Sometimes the academy gets it right. We fell in love with Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Audrey’s competition (oops fellow nominees) were two other fairly new actresses, Leslie Caron in Lili and Maggie McNamara for The Moon is Blue and two veteran actresses Ava…

Gary Cooper Best Actor 1952

John Wayne accepting the Best Actor Award for Gary Cooper in his performance for the movie High Noon, March 19, 1953. The 2013 Oscars are one month away; they will be held on March 2nd and presented by the ABC television network. You either love the Oscars or you hate them. The Oscars have reinvented themselves over…

The NEW Mary Pickford Film

Julia Stiles is set to play Frances Marion in the  Mary Pickford film The First. Based on  Eileen Whitfield’s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood, this film is sure to draw a whole new set of fans to the works of Mary Pickford. The Mary Pickford Foundation has already been doing alot to revive the…

Spencer Tracy

Why we LOVE Spencer Tracy, TCM’s October Star of the Month 1. Loved Katherine Hepburn, all his life, but was too devoted to his faith to divorce his wife. Don’t know if this is insane, or romantic, but we’ll take both. 2. He worked through illness on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. 3. Excellent comedic…

‘I gave up the best years of my life, and what have you done?’

These are the angry words uttered by Virginia Mayo’s character to her husband Fred returning WWII bombardier Captain in the Air Force played by Dana Andrews, towards the end of the movie, ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ premier date New York November 21, 1946 Oscar winner Robert E. Sherwood’s screenplay was exceptional. Hitchhiking a…

The Three Musketeers…Again

In the age of mashups, and remixes, it seems we just keep adding new twists to the same old stories. Let classichollywood be no exception! Lets take count shall we? what great stories have hit theaters near you recently? Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre, Little Red Riding Hood, … and they just keep coming. The…

We will grieve not

Overbearing Parents, Need for Social Conformity, Preoccupation with Money. Its enough to make one spit! Who wouldn’t go absolutely INSANE? Splendor in the Grass attempts what so many movies of this time attempt… a view into the tragic and real trials of love. Written in the Wind ( Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall) did it with…