Humphrey Bogart NEW Best Supporting Actor 1936
The Petrified Forest
Hollywood was no more immune to a culture of injustice in 1936 than the world was, especially when it came to some choices made by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. You look at the nominees for 1936 and you gotta wonder where is Humphrey Bogart for his breakout role as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest? And frankly, Walter Brennan suffers the fate of Olivia DeHavilland (please see DeOscarize Olivia DeHavilland?), of having given a pretty good performance in a rather dated film, although Frances Farmer’s performance in Come and Get It, is much more interesting and energized than Walter Brennan’s rather pedestrian yet professional portrayal as a second banana, helping the rather tired, intricate plot to keep going. Now, look at Bogart’s electrifying portrayal of a desperate, violent man on the run but risking everything, his freedom, his life for love. Check out the nominees at DeOscarize Walter Brennan and tell me I’m wrong.
Best Supporting Actor 1936
Best Actress 1946
To Each His Own
I maintain that Olivia DeHavilland won an Academy Award for Best Actress 1946 for a rather ordinary performance in a rather mediocre film called To Each His Own and thus deserves to be DeOscarized. Nota Bene: Neither the film nor its director received a nomination for their respective categories from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. There are at least two other screen performances in 1946 that deserve consideration in view of the fact that their performances still remain vital and in one case smouldering. I refer to Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice
Lana Turner – The Postman Always Rings Twice
and Jane Wyman in a role that was a dramatic departure from the roles she was usually assigned in the late thirties and early forties. Jane Wyman’s role in The Yearling changed everything in her career and led to an Academy Award in 1948 for Johnny Belinda.
Jane Wyman as Ora Baxter The Yearling
And yet Olivia DeHavilland Lives! I’m just not sure I can DeOscarize a nice old lady, 97 going on 98, like Olivia DeHavilland. But Lana Turner has gone unrecognized for Postman for far too long and frankly I think the Academy should have given Jane Wyman the Academy Award for The Yearling rather than Johhny Belinda. Go to https://deoscarize.wordpress.com/deoscarize-olivia-dehavilland-but-shes-still-alive-i-cant-do-it-can-i/
Best Picture 1940
My contention is that Rebecca won Best Picture 1940 for two reasons, first it was produced by David O. Selznick who was still enjoying the awe and adulation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the phenomenal success of Gone With The Wind. It was like, one Best Picture Award just wasn’t enough. It was like the Academy felt they had to give him two Best Picture Awards so Rebecca became the other picture. Second, Rebecca was also not politically controversial. Some great films of 1940 were political as was the real Best Picture of 1940. It’s going to be The Grapes of Wrath; great film performances, great photography, lean, spare script and a John Ford production. Yes, it’s a Great Film!
The Grapes of Wrath
NEW Best Picture 1940
Henry Fonda Jane Darwell
Tom Joad Ma Joad