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A while back I proposed and was unopposed in my proposition to make Alice Brady the NEW Best Supporting Actress 1936
James Stewart should have won for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.Everybody knew it.
Cary Grant the least appreciated movie star the Academy ever snubbed
and Kathryn Hepburn the most appreciated film actress in Academy history.
What is this leading to? I’ll tell you. I feel that I inflicted an injustice on Gale Sondergaard for DeOscarizing her Supporting Actress award
so that Alice Brady would finally get the credit she was long overdue.
In Gale Sondergaard, what the members of the Academy saw back then was the startling screen debut of an actress who startled the camera lens with her exotic looks.
Pound for pound though as they say in the boxing game, Alice Brady’s performance in My Man Godfrey still comes out the winner for 1936. Like I said, the academy knew it, which is why I believe they ignored and therefore snubbed a very compelling film performance by Gale Sondergaard that same year, 1937 in The Life of Emile Zola.
As the distraught and noble wife of Alfred Dreyfuss, Sondergaard was a driving force in the plot, appearing at the highest points of drama with great artistry in this very successful film. Gale Sondergaard deserved an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; just not in the film for which she won it.
The other reason I am sensitive to the injustice DeOscarize.com has done to Gale Sondergaard is that this woman suffered enough at the hands of the film industry when she was blacklisted from making films or television after 1949
because she was married to film Director and writer Herbert Biberman,
a member of a group of victims of the McCarthy era known as the Hollywood Ten.
She would not return to the screen big or small until she appeared in both, in 1969
and would continue to appear in both until two years before her death in 1985.
Taking into consideration her wonderful performance in The Life of Emile Zola and some wonderful performances in some great films as you can see,
You are here at DeOscarize.com to affirm or deny my intention to DeOscarize Alice Brady
and make Gale Sondergaard the NEW Best Supporting Actress 1937 for her stalwart and timeless performance as Lucie Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola.
Justice deferred is justice denied but no longer. For Gale Sondergaard retains her glory as an Academy award winning actress which should help to heal the wounds of that shameful era when so many great film artists were destroyed by panic, rumour and innuendo. But that doesn’t happen anymore, does it? Sure.
Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for DeOscarizing Alice Brady. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there someone else you would DeOscarize Alice Brady for? Let’s discuss it.
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