AA. JIMMY STEWART SHOULD BE NEW 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

DeOSCARIZED Best Actor 1939 ROBERT DONAT 1905 - 1958 THE CITADEL

DeOSCARIZED Best Actor 1939
ROBERT DONAT
1905 – 1958
THE CITADEL

I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time. I’ve been threatening to do this for a long time. As a matter of fact, it was this particular Academy Award situation that inspired the concept of DeOscarize.com the situation being the fact that James Stewart did not win a best Actor Academy Award 1939 for his stellar, legendary if not iconic performance in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

NOMINEE Best Actor 1939 JAMES STEWART 1908 - 1997 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

NOMINEE Best Actor 1939
JAMES STEWART
1908 – 1997
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

 Instead he got a consolation Best Actor award the following year for a lesser role in an excellent film called the Philadelphia Story.Philadelphia Story James Stewart could have done an air force training film in 1940 and won an Academy Award, so determined were the members of the academy to award him after realizing their mistake in 1939. They made that mistake in 1939 because the members thought they’d gotten it wrong by denying Robert Donat in 1935 for the Thirty-nine Steps39 steps and again for the Citadel in 1938.

citadelSo, they made up for that mistake by giving Donat Best Actor 1939 for his performance in Goodbye, Mr. Chips. I don’t believe his performance in Chips exceeded the performances in the other movies above, and frankly I think the energy in the movie dies when Greer Garson is not in the scene.

NOMINEE Best Actress 1939 GREER GARSON 1904 - 1996 GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS

NOMINEE Best Actress 1939
GREER GARSON
1904 – 1996
GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS

It is she sho keeps the juices going in this film to this day. The rest of Goodbye, Mr. chips is stale without her.

WINNER Best Actress 1942 GREER GARSON 1904 - 1996 MRS. MINIVER

WINNER Best Actress 1942
GREER GARSON
1904 – 1996
MRS. MINIVER

 

Mrs. & Mr. Richard Ney She 39 yrs. old He 27 yrs. old Married: 1943 - 1947

Mrs. & Mr. Richard Ney
She 39 yrs. old
He 27 yrs. old
Married: 1943 – 1947

So to DeOscarize Robert Donat in favour of James Stewart is a no-brainer to my mind. However before we go any further, some attention should be given to the plight of Clark Gable

NOMINEE Best Actor 1939 CLARK GABLE 1907 - 1960 GONE WITH THE WIND

NOMINEE Best Actor 1939
CLARK GABLE
1901 – 1960
GONE WITH THE WIND

who was also nominated Best Actor 1939 for his performance as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind and also should have won.

 They had a tie for Best Actress in 1969.

NOMINEE Best Actress 1968 KATHARINE HEPBURN 1907 - 2003 THE LION IN WINTER

NOMINEE Best Actress 1968
KATHARINE HEPBURN
1907 – 2003
THE LION IN WINTER

WINNER Best Actress 1968 BARBRA STREISAND FUNNY GIRL

WINNER Best Actress 1968
BARBRA STREISAND
FUNNY GIRL

Frankly, I don’t know why they couldn’t have tied in 1939.

 

NEW Best Actor 1939 JAMES STEWART 1908 - 1997 MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

NEW Best Actor 1939
JAMES STEWART
1908 – 1997
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

NEW Best Actor 1939? CLARK GABLE 1907 - 1960 GONE WITH THE WIND

NEW Best Actor 1939?
CLARK GABLE
1901 – 1960
GONE WITH THE WIND

As it was, Clark Gable was so distressed about not winning an award he believed he deserved he reportedly took the award he’d won for It happened One Night in 1934

WINNER Best Picture 1934 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

WINNER Best Picture 1934
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

and declared it the new doorstop for his bedroom door. At any rate there is a ripple effect for making James Stewart the NEW best Actor 1939. First, we have to deoscarize Spencer Tracy for Boys TownBoys Town Title Card although I’d rather deoscarize him for Captains Courageous.

DeOSCARIZED Best Actor 1938 SPENCER TRACY 1900 - 1967 BOYS TOWN

DeOSCARIZED Best Actor 1938
SPENCER TRACY
1900 – 1967
BOYS TOWN

WINNER Best Actor 1937 SPENCER TRACY 1900 - 1967 CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS

WINNER Best Actor 1937
SPENCER TRACY
1900 – 1967
CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS

How he won that year I’ll never know. I’m looking in to that. There’s got to be a reason; not just the performance which I found to be a rather clumsy portrayal. Heresy to say that about a film performance of Spencer Tracy, I realize that. Nevertheless…..Anyway, that means we make Robert Donat that the NEW Best Actor 1938 for his performance in The Citadel which is what the Academy members had in mind all along.

NEW Best Actor 1938 ROBERT DONAT 1905 - 1958 THE CITADEL

NEW Best Actor 1938
ROBERT DONAT
1905 – 1958
THE CITADEL

Now that means we can DeOscarize James Stewart Best Actor 1940

DeOSCARIZED Best Actor 1940 JAMES STEWART 1908 - 1997 THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

DeOSCARIZED Best Actor 1940
JAMES STEWART
1908 – 1997
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

to bring justice to one of the finest acting performances ever on film by Henry Fonda in his portrayal of Tom Joad in John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath.

NEW Best Actor 1940 HENRY FONDA 1905 - 1982 THE GRAPES OF WRATH

NEW Best Actor 1940
HENRY FONDA
1905 – 1982
THE GRAPES OF WRATH

 

NEW Best Actor 1939 JAMES STEWART 1908 - 1997 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

NEW Best Actor 1939
JAMES STEWART
1908 – 1997
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

 

So Spencer Tracy is still Academy Award winning actor Spencer Tracy. Henry Fonda is finally recognized as the NEW Best Actor 1940 for his performance in The Grapes of Wrath and Robert Donat and James Stewart get the awards the Academy wanted them to have in the first place. You can object and prevent this from happening with a compelling argument. Make me change my mind. Make those who also come to deoscarize.com make me change my mind. It is possible. It is highly unlikely because the right people have the right awards. God is in his heaven and all is right with the world at least in the deoscarize.com universe where I’m living more and more. Hmmm.

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It’s Your Choice! It’s Your Universe!

Enjoy! Discuss! Prevail!

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