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DeOscarize.com, like many films by Woody Allen is based on the premise, “WHAT IF…”
as in what if we could get another chance to choose an Academy Award winner who turns out to be more deserving having survived the heartless test of time. We did a DeOscarize with the WHAT IF premise, WHAT IF The Academy had said in 1972 to Marlon Brando,
“You don’t want the award, Marlon? Fine. We’ll give it to someone else.” Well, I’ve got another “WHAT IF” for us to play around with for a while. What if the Academy had wised up sooner than 1936
to create its Supporting player awards? That premise would take us back to the 1930’s, 1935 to be exact; the last year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences proceeded without a Supporting Actor/Actress award category. As a matter of fact, 1935 was the reason a supporting player category was conceived. Three actors from the same movie were nominated Best Actor 1935. They were Clark Gable,
and Franchot Tone.
All three cancelled each other out, allowing Victor McLaglen to win Best Actor 1935
being the only nominee not in Mutiny on the Bounty. But more important than McLaglen not losing was that it kept the King
from winning another Academy Award and in 1935, in Hollywood, that could not stand; not to Clark Gable.
So, to prevent that from ever happening to Gable again,
Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories were created by the Academy from then to this day but when Gable did lose again in 1939,
that was for a whole bunch of different reasons.
However, it’s just as likely that Charles Laughton would have won his second academy award in almost as many years for his portrayal of Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty.
or for his incredible portrayal that very same year as Javert in Les Miserables,
although that too would probably have been considered a Supporting role, a timeless, wonderful performance, nevertheless.
Allow me, therefore, to offer Charles Laughton as a nominee for Best Supporting Actor 1935 for his performance in Les Miz,
had the category been available then. I suppose Franchot Tone should be included since we`re in the wonderful world of what if at DeOscarize dot com.
Who else would have won Best Supporting actor in 1935 had the category been available at that time? Basil Rathbone’s
performance in Anna Karenina
would have garnered a nomination for Best Suppoting Actor, I’m quite sure of that.
And Mickey Rooney’s performance as Puck
in Max Reinhardt’s film version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream still has great verve and energy to this day.
Unfortunately or fortunately as the case may be, we do not have the intention to DeOscarize Victor McLaglen Best Actor 1935 on this page. However, consideration at a future date is sure to take place. On this page, we’re here to name a NEW Best Supporting Actor 1935 with the WHAT IF DeOscarize.com premise that the category existed that year. And so with that in mind, you have come to DeOscarize.com to affirm or deny my decision to name Charles Laughton the NEW Best Supporting Actor 1935 for his performance as Inspector Javert in Les Miserables.
So we’ve looked to the NEW Best Supporting Actor 1935. It’s only fair that on the next edition of DeOscarize dot com, we deal with the NEW Best Supporting Actress 1935. As you can see there some interesting possible nominees.
So next time, you will be Welcomed back to the DeOscarize.com world of What if… and a much more alluring alternative reality it is and is becoming all the time. Better be careful with that, I guess.
Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for “OSCARIZING” Charles Laughton Best Supporting Actor 1935. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there someone else to whom you would award Best Supporting Actor 1935?
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