A. FRED & GINGER & GERSHWIN PREVAIL!

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GINGER ROGERS 1911-1995  & FRED ASTAIRE 1899-1987 in TOP HAT 1935

GINGER ROGERS 1911-1995 & FRED ASTAIRE 1899-1987 in
TOP HAT 1935

 

At DeOscarize.com we’ve been exclusively concerned with injustices done to deserving actors

NEW Best Actor 1966 RICHARD BURTON  1925 - 1984 WHO'S AFRAID OF  VIRGINIA WOOLF

NEW Best Actor 1966
RICHARD BURTON
1925 – 1984
WHO’S AFRAID OF
VIRGINIA WOOLF

and actresses in starring

NEW Best Actress 1941 BARBARA STANWYCK 1907 - 1990 MEET JOHN DOE

NEW Best Actress 1941
BARBARA STANWYCK
1907 – 1990
MEET JOHN DOE

and supporting roles

NEW Best Supporting Actress 1969 SUSANNAH YORK 1939 - 2011 THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?

NEW Best Supporting Actress 1969
SUSANNAH YORK
1939 – 2011
THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY?

as well as directors

NEW Best Director 1931 WILLIAM A. WELLMAN 1897 - 1975 THE PUBLIC ENEMY

NEW Best Director 1931
WILLIAM A. WELLMAN
1897 – 1975
THE PUBLIC ENEMY

and films.

NEW Best Picture 1955 THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

NEW Best Picture 1955
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

But now we’re going to broaden our parameters because of a blatant, bare-faced injustice done by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to one of the 20th century’s greatest composers. Lennon and McCartney did you say?

Paul, John, Ringo, George THE BEATLES 1964

Paul, John, Ringo, George
THE BEATLES 1964

Close but no cigar

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR

which is the operative prop when speaking of this composer, for this site is about making right what the Academy got wrong way back when and SOMETIMES EVEN UP TO WAY BACK NOW.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 2014 TO BE DeOSCARIZED?

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 2014
TO BE DeOSCARIZED?

That’s on the To Be DeOscarized List for the future. That’s a new category as well.

ReConsider for DeOscarize.com  Mr. Turner Best Cinematography 2014

ReConsider for DeOscarize.com
Mr. Turner
Best Cinematography 2014

 

Meanwhile back in 1937 not a lot of nice things happened. There was that.

THE HINDENBURG DISASTER 1937

THE HINDENBURG DISASTER 1937

And then there was that.

AMELIA EARHART Born: 1897 Disappeared: 1937

AMELIA EARHART
Born: 1897
Disappeared: 1937

 

Last picture of Amelia Earheart in Lae, New Guinea

Last picture of Amelia Earheart in Lae, New Guinea

On the other hand there was that.

THE MIDDLE CLASS IS BORN UAW Strike settled with GM in 1937. Union & its members finally recognized.

THE MIDDLE CLASS IS BORN
UAW Strike settled with GM in 1937. Union & its members finally recognized.

And that.

HITLER'S PILOTS BOMBED GUERNICA, SPAIN  1937.  PABLO PICASSO PAINTED ITS IMPACT ON THE WORLD.

HITLER’S PILOTS BOMBED GUERNICA, SPAIN 1937.
PABLO PICASSO PAINTED ITS IMPACT ON THE WORLD.

I guess that wasn’t so wrong.

CORONATION OF KING GEORGE VI  pictured with Queen Mother, Princess Margaret & Princess Elizabeth (QUEEN ELIZABETH II)

CORONATION OF KING GEORGE VI
pictured with Queen Mother, Princess Margaret & Princess Elizabeth (QUEEN ELIZABETH II)

Speaking of getting it wrong the members of the Academy sure got it that way; wrong, in 1937 when they denied George Gershwin

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY Best Original Song 1937 THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME by GEORGE GERSHWIN 1898-1937

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY
Best Original Song 1937
THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME
by
GEORGE GERSHWIN
1898-1937

the Best Original Song Award for They Can’t Take That Away From Me.

This wonderful composition by the great Gershwin, who by the way died that same year was even denied a posthumous win because, for some reason, the Academy favoured instead a trite little tune called Sweet Leilani.

NOMINEE Best Original Song 1937 SWEET LEILANI from Waikiki Wedding

NOMINEE Best Original Song 1937
SWEET LEILANI
from
Waikiki Wedding

Granted, Gershwin’s song has achieved immortality on its own merit as it would, but to be denied anything by something like Sweet Leilani is a bridge too far as the trite writers say, when they can’t express it, in any other way.

 How did this happen? Well, one movie that had a great song was a flop

NOMINEE Best Original Song 1937 THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME from SHALL WE DANCE

and the not-so-great song was in a move that was a hit. And that’s what happens when it comes to awards from the academy. It’s that simple.

WINNER Best Original Song 1937 SWEET LEILANIE from  WAIKIKI WEDDING

WINNER Best Original Song 1937
SWEET LEILANIE
from
WAIKIKI WEDDING

Bing Crosby gave Waikiki Wedding the heft that was needed to make a tidy profit for Paramount. Crosby was a huge star in America at this time.

#1 ON THE HIT PARADE BING CROSBY 1903-1977 Sweet Leilani

#1 ON THE HIT PARADE
BING CROSBY
1903-1977
Sweet Leilani

Number 1 on the hit parade. Number 4 at the box office.

#4 at the BOX OFFICE BING CROSBY 1903-1977

#4 at the BOX OFFICE
BING CROSBY
1903-1977

While Fred Astaire was tied with Ginger Rogers, Number 7 at the box office

#7 at the BOX OFFICE FRED ASTAIRE & GINGER ROGERS

#7 at the BOX OFFICE
FRED ASTAIRE & GINGER ROGERS

and Shall We Dance, the movie that features They Can’t Take That Away From Me barely made enough money to make Fred Astaire’s percentage of the profits at RKO studios hardly worthwhile.

SHALL WE DANCE 1937 BUDGET: $991,000 GROSS: $1,275,000 PROFIT: $413,000 Fred Astaire received 10% of the profits of all his films at RKO

SHALL WE DANCE 1937
BUDGET: $991,000
GROSS: $1,275,000
PROFIT: $413,000
Fred Astaire received 10% of the profits of all his films at RKO

Astaire would leave RKO two years later

THE STORY OF IRENE and VERNON CASTLE 1939 THE LAST FRED & GINGER MOVIE FROM RKO

THE STORY OF IRENE and VERNON CASTLE 1939
THE LAST FRED & GINGER MOVIE FROM RKO

when the Independent Theatre Owners Association declared Fred Astaire to be box office poison.

Let us take a moment to study this term “Box Office Poison”. Box Office Poison is the characterization given to those movie stars who do not deserve the salaries they’re getting because of the box office returns, they are not earning. As you can see some of these names survived the sobriquet of Box Office Poison

KATHARINE HEPBURN 1907-2003 on being "BOX OFFICE POISON" "They say I'm a has-been. If I weren't laughing so hard, I might cry..."

KATHARINE HEPBURN
1907-2003
on being
BOX OFFICE POISON
“They say I’m a has-been. If I weren’t laughing so hard, I might cry…”

 

MAE WEST  1893-1980 on being  BOX OFFICE POISON "The only picture to make real money was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and that would have made twice as much if they'd had me play Snow White."

MAE WEST
1893-1980
on being
BOX OFFICE POISON
“The only picture to make real money was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and that would have made twice as much if they’d had me play Snow White.”

while others did not and quickly faded by way of an early retirement.

Box Office Poison Greta Garbo 1905-1990 Retired: 1941

Box Office Poison
GRETA GARBO
1905-1990
Retired: 1941

 

BOX OFFICE POISON KAY FRANCIS 1905-1968 Retired: 1948

BOX OFFICE POISON
KAY FRANCIS
1905-1968
Retired: 1948

Except for him.

BOX OFFICE POISON JOHN BARRYMORE 1882-1942

BOX OFFICE POISON
JOHN BARRYMORE
1882-1942

 

So, for the first time in this category Best Original Song,

 

Welcome to DeOscarize.com where you may affirm or appeal my decision to DeOscarize Sweet Leilani

DeOscarized Best Original Song 1937 SWEET LEILANIE from  WAIKIKI WEDDING

DeOscarized Best Original Song 1937
SWEET LEILANIE
from
WAIKIKI WEDDING

and make the great George Gershwin’s They Can’t Take That Away From Me the NEW Best Original song of 1937.

NEW Best Original Song 1937 THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME from SHALL WE DANCE

NEW Best Original Song 1937
THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME
from
SHALL WE DANCE

 

George Gershwin

GEORGE GERSHWIN 1898-1937 Composer THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME

GEORGE GERSHWIN
1898-1937
Composer
THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME

was dieing when he worked on this project and should have received the recognition then that he is finally receiving now. Looks good on a great artist. And that makes me feel good. That too is what DeOscarize.com is all about. Feel good with us. Thanks for stopping by.

Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for DeOscarizing Sweet Leilani. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there another song from 1937 that you would DeOscarize Sweet Leilani for? If not They Can’t Take That Away from Me then what? If not Gershwin than whom? Let’s discuss it.

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 Copyright © 2015 Thomas O’Neill

 

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