Oscar ~ Best Picture 1963

Frank Sinatra, introduced as a Producer/Director from Warner Brothers handed out the Oscar for the Best Picture, the nominees were: America America, Cleopatra, How the West Was Won, Lilies of the Field and Tom Jones. As Frank read the Best Picture nominee titles the picture of a fake movie marquee with the title of the…

Memorial Day

Over one hundred years ago July 28, 1914 most of the world was at war. One hundred years ago on this Memorial Day the United States had not yet officially entered the war. On this Memorial Day Classic Hollywood would like to remember three Classic award winning movies dealing with this period in our history:…

2000-2011 Best Oscar Songs

In 2001 the Academy, saw the writing on the wall. It was a new Century another new decade and a newly created category; Best Animated Feature. One thing is for certain animated movies are here to stay. There is no longer a studio system to keep actors busy. Animated features seem to fill the bill….

Best Oscar Songs of the Seventies

Best Songs? I don’t know…I’m just not crazy about any Oscar winning songs in movies during the seventies (well maybe Shaft –Isaac Hayes did an awesome performance of his song during the April 10, 1972 Oscar Awards night). When I think of the early seventies I think of disaster movies like The Poseidon Adventure or The…

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…

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…

It Happened One Night

1934 was the first year to choose pictures for eligibility for Academy Awards within a calendar year: January 1st thru December 31st. It was the first year all of the major awards were swept away by one single movie, It Happened One Night. Talk about your sour grapes these awards were received by Columbia Studios…

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),…

WWI Academy Awards

1927 was the first year of the Academy Awards and Film makers were still obsessed about telling the stories of the First World War that a lot of the Writers, Directors, and Actors had witnessed firsthand and survived. Outstanding Picture went to Wings, directed by William Wellman who had flown during the war with the…

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…