A. GALE SONDERGAARD ReOSCARIZED!

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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

ALICE BRADY 1892-1939

ALICE BRADY
1892-1939

for her performance in My Man Godfrey; a great film, Alice Brady3the epitome of 1930’s era screwball comedy and with no small thanks for that to Alice Brady.

WINNER Best Supporting Actress 1936 ALICE BRADY 1898-1939 MY MAN GODFREY

WINNER Best Supporting Actress 1936
ALICE BRADY
1898-1939
MY MAN GODFREY

 The Academy knew they got it wrong in 1936 which is why Alice Brady won Best Supporting Actress the following year for a lesser role in a lesser film.In Old Chicago_02

WINNER Best Supporting Actress 1937 ALICE BRADY 1898-1939 IN OLD CHICAGO

WINNER Best Supporting Actress 1937
ALICE BRADY
1898-1939
IN OLD CHICAGO

 

It happens.Smith_goes poster

James Stewart should have won for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.Everybody knew it.

NOMINEE Best Actor 1939 JAMES STEWART 1908 - 1997 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

NOMINEE Best Actor 1939
JAMES STEWART
1908 – 1997
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

That’s why James Stewart got an Academy Award the very next year for a lesser role in The Philadelphia StoryPhiladelphiaStory poster as he co-starred with

 

WINNER Best Actor 1940 JAMES STEWART 1908-1997 THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

WINNER Best Actor 1940
JAMES STEWART
1908-1997
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

Cary Grant the least appreciated movie star the Academy ever snubbed

 

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY Best Actor 1940 CARY GRANT 1904-1986 THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY
Best Actor 1940
CARY GRANT
1904-1986
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

 

 and Kathryn Hepburn the most appreciated film actress in Academy history.

 

NOMINEE Best Actress 1940 KATHARINE HEPBURN 1907-2003 THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

NOMINEE Best Actress 1940
KATHARINE HEPBURN
1907-2003
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

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

DeOSCARIZED Best Supporting Actress 1936 GALE SONDERGAARD 1899-1985 ANTHONY ADVERSE

DeOSCARIZED Best Supporting Actress 1936
GALE SONDERGAARD
1899-1985
ANTHONY ADVERSE

so that Alice Brady would finally get the credit she was long overdue.

NEW Best Supporting Actress 1936 ALICE BRADY 1898-1936 MY MAN GODFREY

NEW Best Supporting Actress 1936
ALICE BRADY
1898-1936
MY MAN GODFREY

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.

GALE SONDERGAARD 1899-1985

GALE SONDERGAARD
1899-1985

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.

NOMINEE Best Actor 1937 PAUL MUNI 1895-1967 THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA

NOMINEE Best Actor 1937
PAUL MUNI
1895-1967
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.

GALE SONDERGAARD AS  Lucie Dreyfus THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA

GALE SONDERGAARD
AS
Lucie Dreyfus
THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA

 

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

GALE SONDERGAARD before the HUAC committe. She refused to testify which is her right as an American citizen. Yet, she was blacklisted from working after 1949.

GALE SONDERGAARD
before the HUAC committe. She refused to testify which is her right as an American citizen. Yet, she was blacklisted from working after 1949.

because she was married to film Director and writer Herbert Biberman,

HERBERT BIBERMAN 1900-1971 Member of the HOLLYWOOD TEN

HERBERT BIBERMAN
1900-1971
Member of the HOLLYWOOD TEN

a member of a group of victims of the McCarthy era known as the Hollywood Ten.

 

JEFF GOLDBLUM portrays Herbert Biberman in ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN (2000)

JEFF GOLDBLUM portrays Herbert Biberman in ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN (2000)

 

 

GRETA SCACCHI portrays GALE SONDERGAARD in ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN (2000)

GRETA SCACCHI portrays
GALE SONDERGAARD in ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN (2000)

She would not return to the screen big or small until she appeared in both, in 1969

GALE SONDERGAARD  performs in NIGHT GALLERY 1971

GALE SONDERGAARD
performs in NIGHT GALLERY 1971

 

NIGHT GALLERY 1970-1973 with ROD SERLING 1924-1975

NIGHT GALLERY 1970-1973 with ROD SERLING 1924-1975

and would continue to appear in both until two years before her death in 1985.

GALE SONDERGAARD portrays ELK WOMAN in THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE 1976

GALE SONDERGAARD portrays ELK WOMAN in THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE 1976

Taking into consideration her wonderful performance in The Life of Emile Zola and some wonderful performances in some great films as you can see,

GALE SONDERGAARD & BETTE DAVIS (1908-1989) THE LETTER (1940)

GALE SONDERGAARD & BETTE DAVIS (1908-1989)
THE LETTER (1940)

 

GALE SONDERGAARD as EMPRESS CARLOTTA with CLAUDE RAINS (1889-1961) JUAREZ (1939)

GALE SONDERGAARD as EMPRESS CARLOTTA with CLAUDE RAINS (1889-1961)
JUAREZ (1939)

 

GALE SONDERGAARD as  ABIGAIL DOONE in THE BLACK CAT (1941)

GALE SONDERGAARD as
ABIGAIL DOONE in THE BLACK CAT (1941)

You are here at DeOscarize.com to affirm or deny my intention to DeOscarize Alice Brady

DeOSCARIZE Best Supporting Actress 1937 ALICE BRADY 1898-1939 IN OLD CHICAGO

DeOSCARIZE Best Supporting Actress 1937
ALICE BRADY
1898-1939
IN OLD CHICAGO

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.

NEW Best Supporting Actress 1937 GALE SONDERGAARD 1899-1985 THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA

NEW Best Supporting Actress 1937 GALE SONDERGAARD
1899-1985
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.

Enjoy! Discuss! Prevail!

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