BASIL RATHBONE: THE BEST VILLAIN IN THE MOVIES!

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BASIL RATHBONE 1892 - 1967 NEW Best Supporting Actor 1938

BASIL RATHBONE
1892 – 1967
NEW Best Supporting Actor 1938

For the first time an actor is about to be deoscarized to make way for a more deserving recipient not for the role for which he was nominated but for the role for which he should have been nominated and should have won. But first the act of deoscarizing must be explained. In the entire 86 year history of the Academy Awards the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have seen fit to award three or more acting awards to only three film actors in all of those years. They are Katharine Hepburn with 4 Best Actress awards,

KATHARINE HEPBURN 1907 - 2003 12 NOMINATIONS 4 WINS

KATHARINE HEPBURN
1907 – 2003
12 NOMINATIONS
4 WINS

Daniel Day-Lewis has exceeded every other actor by winning three best Actor Academy Awards

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS 5 Nominations 3 WINS

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS
5 Nominations
3 WINS

and three awards for best actor in a supporting role went to Walter Brennan.

WALTER BRENNAN 1894 - 1974 4 Nominations 3 WINS

WALTER BRENNAN
1894 – 1974
4 Nominations
3 WINS

Walter Brennan? You might ask if you are not an actual, bona fide aficionado of classic films. There are many films I can think of whereby Walter Brennan would well deserve an award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role. Just off the top of my head he should’ve won an award for his performance in Sergeant York, the Pride of the Yankees, My Darling Clementine, Red River, Bad Day at Black Rock, Rio Bravo and How the West Was Won. And I believe he didn’t win them for these great films because he’d already won two awards for what can best be described as mediocre roles in mediocre movies. Do you remember these films? Of course you don’t. Come and Get It

COME AND GET IT 1936

COME AND GET IT 1936

has some historical value for it featured the tragically misunderstood actress Frances Farmer.

FRANCES FARMER 1913 - 1970

FRANCES FARMER
1913 – 1970

 If you get the chance see this film Frances starring Jessica Lange with a compelling performance that tells a compelling story.

NOMINEE Best Actress 1982 JESSICA LANGE FRANCES

NOMINEE Best Actress 1982
JESSICA LANGE
FRANCES

FRANCES 1982

FRANCES 1982

And there is Kentucky;

KENTUCKY 1938

KENTUCKY 1938

not my favourite state and

WORKS FOR HIS WHITE SUPREMACIST MASTERS WHO WANT TO DENY LEGITIMACY TO POTUS

WORKS FOR HIS WHITE SUPREMACIST MASTERS WHO WANT TO DENY LEGITIMACY TO POTUS

rand paul HATES THE POOR LOVES THE CONFEDERACY

rand paul
HATES THE POOR
LOVES THE CONFEDERACY

certainly not a memorable movie especially when one considers the great performances of the great roles in these great films of 1938. How is it, Walter Brennan could have prevailed? There is an answer. In the 1930’s movie extras, of which there were a multitude

HOLLYWOOD EXTRAS IN THE 1930'S

HOLLYWOOD EXTRAS IN THE 1930’S

in Hollywood were considered acting members of the Academy and thus had a vote for Best Actor and subsequently Best Supporting Actor.

EXTRAS WERE ALLOWED TO VOTE FOR BEST ACTORS FROM 1928 AND SUPPORTING ACTORS FROM 1936 TO 1939

EXTRAS WERE ALLOWED TO VOTE FOR BEST ACTORS FROM 1928 AND SUPPORTING ACTORS FROM 1936 TO 1939

Walter Brennan started his film career as an extra and became an extra who made good engendering the sympathy and support of every extra in Hollywood who could vote and did vote for Walter Brennan no matter the role, no matter the movie, no matter the performance.

WALTER BRENNAN 1894 -1974

WALTER BRENNAN
1894 -1974

Even Walter Brennan was embarrassed when he won in 1938, especially when he, like everyone else at the banquet that night considered the great performances of the nominees for Best Supporting Actor that year 1938. Best Supporting Actor Nominees 1938 John Garfield

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actor 1938 JOHN GARFIELD FOUR DAUGHTERS

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actor 1938
JOHN GARFIELD
FOUR DAUGHTERS

– his first film role and he gets nominated because he is the darling of the Hollywood liberals who were in the driver’s seat at the time. That would all change a few years later and the right wingnuts would get their revenge especially on John Garfield

John Garfield testified, suffered a heart attack under the strain & died in 1952

John Garfield testified, suffered a heart attack under the strain & died in 1952

. Gene Lockhart – Algiers as Regis –

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actor  GENE LOCKHART 1891 - 1957 ALGIERS

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actor
GENE LOCKHART
1891 – 1957
ALGIERS

His character is too smarmy to deserve an award. That happens! Besides, I liked him much better as the Judge in Miracle on 34th Street.

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY GENE LOCKHART 1891 - 1957 ALGIERS

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY
GENE LOCKHART
1891 – 1957
ALGIERS

Robert Morley – Marie Antoinette as King Louis XVI

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actor 1938 ROBERT MORLEY 1908 - 1992 MARIE ANTOINETTE

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actor 1938
ROBERT MORLEY
1908 – 1992
MARIE ANTOINETTE

–  Now here is a role, a film and an actor who deserves a second look for an award as he should have and would have then in 1938, had the extras not had a say in the matter. And now we come to Basil Rathbone nominated Best Supporting Actor 1938 for his performance as King Louis XI in If I Were King

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actor 1938 BASIL RATHBONE 1892 - 1967 IF I WERE KING

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actor 1938
BASIL RATHBONE
1892 – 1967
IF I WERE KING

while for some reason his legendary and eternal performance as Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY   Best Supporting Academy 1938 THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY
Best Supporting Academy 1938
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

is overlooked as was his performance in Anna Karenina

GRETA GARBO & BASIL RATHBONE ANNA KARENINA 1936

GRETA GARBO & BASIL RATHBONE
ANNA KARENINA
1936

and his performance in David Copperfield. He should have won Best Supporting Actor 1938 for his performance in The Adventures of Robin Hood and that’s exactly what’s about to happen. Not only did Basil Rathbone play legendary villains, he will also be legendary for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes

BASIL RATHBONE AS SHERLOCK HOLMES

BASIL RATHBONE
AS
SHERLOCK HOLMES

and we shall not forget his performance in the Court Jester. Get it?

"GET IT?" "GOT IT." "GOOD." THE COURT JESTER 1955

“GET IT?” “GOT IT.” “GOOD.”
THE COURT JESTER 1955

Over looked and underrated in 1938 all because Hollywood extras voted blindly and en masse for Walter Brennan. It is time to DeOscarize Walter Brennan.

DeOscarized Best Supporting Actor 1938 WALTER BRENNAN KENTUCKY

DeOscarized Best Supporting Actor 1938
WALTER BRENNAN
KENTUCKY

Support or appeal my decision to DeOscarize Walter Brennan for an Award even he was embarrassed about and make Basil Rathbone the New Best Supporting Actor 1938

NEW Best Supporting Actor 1938 BASIL RATHBONE THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOT

NEW Best Supporting Actor 1938
BASIL RATHBONE
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOT

for his wonderful performance in The Adventures of Robin Hood and who should have received more nominations for some great performances over the years. Giving credit where credit is due preventing mediocrity from prevailing over greatness! If not in the real world then in the world of DeOscarize dot com.! Let us seek cinema justice together.   By the way, the academy put a stop to extras voting the following year which I believe helped Hattie McDaniel win her award in 1939

WINNER Best Supporting Actress 1939 HATTIE McDANIEL 1895 - 1952 GONE WITH THE WIND

WINNER Best Supporting Actress 1939
HATTIE McDANIEL
1895 – 1952
GONE WITH THE WIND

.  Walter Brennan won his third Academy Award in 1940 with the same criteria that has existed ever since and to this day.the-westerner It was indeed a deserved Award for his portrayal of Judge Roy Bean

WINNER Best Supporting Actor 1940  WALTER BRENNAN 1894 - 1974 THE WESTERNER

WINNER Best Supporting Actor 1940
WALTER BRENNAN
1894 – 1974
THE WESTERNER

in the Westerner, starring Gary Cooper. It was the award and the performance for which he was most proud.

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

 Copyright © 2014 Thomas O’Neill

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