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that crazy ballyhoo
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
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.
Instead he got a consolation Best Actor award the following year for a lesser role in an excellent film called the 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 Steps and again for the Citadel in 1938.
So, 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.
It is she sho keeps the juices going in this film to this day. The rest of Goodbye, Mr. chips is stale without her.
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
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.
Frankly, I don’t know why they couldn’t have tied in 1939.
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
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 Town although I’d rather deoscarize him for 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.
Now that means we can DeOscarize James Stewart Best Actor 1940
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.
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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