About DeOscarize – For Example: Best Actor 1939

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Where anyone who don’t deserve it just won’t preserve it, if they can’t shine in these times.

This the place where great films and great film performances heretofore forgotten and denied by a cold, cruel community of ego-sapping neurotics and sadists and masochists known as the Hollywood film community, finally get the recognition they so richly deserve by discerning, disinterested yet passionately informed and dedicated fans of classic films. Namely, you and I.

If you want to remove the “bad” part of coffee, you DeCaffeinate

If you want to remove the offending aroma from a room, you DeOdorize

And if you want to give the award issued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a more deserving recipient, you DeOscarize the current holder.

Let’s face it, some films and some film performances that won an award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got stale over the years and are less lustrous than they used to be. Whereas other performances, ignored or denied by the academy that year, have stood the test of time and shine as brightly now as they did some twenty, thirty, fifty, seventy years ago.

Case in point; Robert Donat in Goodbye, Mr. Chips, 1939.

DeOscarize ROBERT DONAT – Best Actor 1939 – Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Robert Donat  DeOscarized Best Actor 1939

Robert Donat
DeOscarized
Best Actor 1939

He gave a good, solid performance but put that up against the performance James Stewart gave in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington that same year which is sterling to this day. Donat’s performance is a bit stale and dated and really only has heat when he’s on screen with Greer Garson. Personally, I think Donat got the award for a film he’d done the previous year called The Citadel. Many thought he’d been unfairly denied then and made up for it the following year with Goodbye, Mr. Chips. I think the academy thought the same thing too about James Stewart because he got the award for best actor the following year in 1940 for the Philadelphia Story. It was a pretty good performance but not Academy calibre. It sure didn’t have the same juice that Mr. Smith did. So, having been snubbed in ’39, James Stewart was bound to get the award in 1940. Sure enough, he did. Let’s face it, he would have won the award if the only picture he’d done that year was an Air Force Training film. In this case it happened to be The Philadelphia Story. An award to the best actor of 1939 for his performance in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is long overdue. So I hereby declare that I intend to DeOscarize Robert Donat and Oscarize James Stewart, best actor in 1939 for Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.

I could do it if I could afford to make this site interactive. Then, I could go to the DeOscarize page for Best Actor 1939. It would look very much like the section below. After seeing the other nominees including a couple of actors whose performances that should have been nominated, I push the button to DeOscarize Robert Donat and then push the button on my choice for Best Actor 1939, James Stewart. I would save the page and from then on, in my universe and your universe we make James Stewart the new and rightful winner of Best Actor for 1939. That’s what I would do if my site were interactive. If you would be willing to pay to join the DeOscarizers, you could DeOscarize a performance, a director, the film istelf and let justice finally prevail. Claude Rains not getting an award for his supporting performance in Casablanca? Not in my universe.

Best Actor Nominees 1939

* Robert Donat –  WINNER Best Actor 1939 – Goodbye, Mr. Chips  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FLc29bXIBg

Robert Donat  Winner/DeOscarize Best Actor 1939

Robert Donat
as Edward Chipping Goodbye, Mr. Chips

* Clark Gable – Gone With the Wind as Rhett Butler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ5ICXMC4xY

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler Gone With The Wind

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler
Gone With The Wind

 

* Laurence Olivier – Wuthering Heights as Heathcliff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Sv0A37OnE

Laurence Olivier as Heathcliffe Wuthering Heights

Laurence Olivier as Heathcliffe
Wuthering Heights

* Mickey Rooney – Babes in Arms as Mickey Moran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB8Yww-k6Sc

Mickey Rooney as Mickey Moran Babes in Arms

Mickey Rooney as Mickey Moran
Babes in Arms

* James Stewart – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Jefferson Smith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6UbYHCkoZs

James Stewart as Jefferson Smith Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

James Stewart as Jefferson Smith
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Snubbed by the Academy in 1939

Charles Laughton – The Hunchback of Notre Dame as Quasimodo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_p8khzyK-E

Charles Laughton as Quasimodo The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Charles Laughton as Quasimodo
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Henry Fonda – Young Mr. Lincoln as Abraham Lincoln https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cni1B6g1_1M

Henry Fonda as Abe Lincoln Young Mr. Lincoln

Henry Fonda as Abe Lincoln
Young Mr. Lincoln

Your Choice – GO TO Leave a Reply bottom of page.

 Until someone gives me a compelling reason against this decision, DeOscarize names:

NEW Best Actor 1939 – James Stewart – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6UbYHCkoZs

James Stewart  New Best Actor 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

James Stewart
New Best Actor 1939
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Until then, it works like this.  I’m afraid I’m going to have to go to the DeOscarize page for Best Actor 1966. Paul Scofield won Best Actor for that year. However look at it today. In my opinion his performance doesn’t sparkle, doesn’t have the juice it was thought to have at the time. My theory is that it was a prestigious film and he wasn’t Richard Burton. For some reason, the Academy just didn’t like Richard Burton. Was it that his seduction of Elizabeth Taylor (or visa-versa) that cost the incredible overruns that ruined 20th Century Fox. Anyway, check out Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and see that Richard Burton’s performance is still as electric and vital as it was almost fifty years ago. So I intend to push the DeOscarize button on Paul Scofield at DeOscarize Best Actor 1966 and then push the Richard Burton button, finally giving the award to the actor who should have received it then, almost fifty years ago. He deserved it then. I knew it then. I know it now. Let Justice Prevail!

Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for DeOscarizing Scofield. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there someone else you would DeOscarize Scofield for? Let’s discuss it.

Pick a year! Pick a category! Pick a Nominee! Name your own Nominee! It’s Your Choice! It’s Your Universe! Enjoy! Discuss! Prevail!

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Copyright © 2013 Thomas O’Neill

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