GRETA GARBO GETS THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!

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WINNER BEST ACTRESS 1935 BETTE DAVIS 1908-1989 DANGEROUS

WINNER
BEST ACTRESS 1935
BETTE DAVIS
1908-1989
DANGEROUS

This was going to be the follow-up to the previous DEOSCARIZE.COM VIDEO ESSAY being a “WHAT-IF THE ACADEMY HAD ESTABLISHED BEST SUPPORTING PLAYER AWARDS BEFORE 1936?”. We went to 1935 where the problem as described in that edition CAUSED THE WRONG PERSON TO WIN THE AWARD.

NOMINEE BEST ACTOR 1935 CLARK GABLE 1901-1960 MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY

NOMINEE BEST ACTOR 1935
CLARK GABLE
1901-1960
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY

So, to be fair to the actresses who might have been nominated best supporting actress, had that category been available in 1935, we were going to explore those possibilities on this edition.

NOMINEE NEW BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1935 ELSA LANCHESTER 1902-1986 THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

NOMINEE NEW BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1935
ELSA LANCHESTER
1902-1986
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

HOWEVER, IN MY RESEARCH REGARDING 1935 I came to realize AN INJUSTICE HAD BEEN DONE TO A GREAT FILM ACTRESS that year, in an effort to ATONE FOR THE PREVIOUS INJUSTICE OF HAVING IGNORED BETTE DAVIS FOR HER PERFORMANCE IN OF HUMAN BONDAGE IN 1934.

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY BEST ACTRESS 1934 BETTE DAVIS 1908-1989 OF HUMAN BONDAGE

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY
BEST ACTRESS 1934
BETTE DAVIS
1908-1989
OF HUMAN BONDAGE

BETTE DAVIS WON BEST ACTRESS 1935 for a film called DANGEROUS, A MUNDANE FILM that really doesn’t stand up 80 years later but with what might be described as a DECENT, COMPETENT PERFORMANCE by this actress in a rather MUNDANE ROLE.

WINNER BEST ACTRESS 1935 BETTE DAVIS 1908-1989 DANGEROUS

WINNER
BEST ACTRESS 1935
BETTE DAVIS
1908-1989
DANGEROUS

THERE IS A STORY, perhaps apocryphal, that upon holding THE ACADEMY AWARD in her hand

WINNER BEST ACTRESS 1935 BETTE DAVIS 1908 - 1989 DANGEROUS

WINNER BEST ACTRESS 1935
BETTE DAVIS
1908 – 1989
DANGEROUS

BETTE DAVIS CALLED IT OSCAR because the STATUE’S BACKSIDE REMINDED HER

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1952 BETTE DAVIS 1908 - 1989 THE STAR

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1952
BETTE DAVIS
1908 – 1989
THE STAR

of her HUSBAND HARMON OSCAR NELSON, known as Ham Nelson.

MR. & MRS. HARMON OSCAR NELSON MARRIED: 1932 - 1938

MR. & MRS. HARMON OSCAR NELSON
MARRIED: 1932 – 1938

Poor Ham was the butt of more than butt jokes, for the Hollywood community was also abuzz at that time with STORIES OF BETTE DAVIS AND HER CO-STAR IN DANGEROUS, FRANCHOT TONE

FRANCHOT TONE 1904 - 1968

FRANCHOT TONE
1904 – 1968

being CAUGHT in what used to be called, A COMPROMISING POSITION, IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO.

FRANCHOT TONE & BETTE DAVIS CO-STARS IN DANGEROUS

FRANCHOT TONE & BETTE DAVIS
CO-STARS IN DANGEROUS

FRANCHOT TONE, you see, was ALSO MARRIED at the time…TO JOAN CRAWFORD.

MR. & MRS. FRANCHOT TONE MARRIED: 1935 - 1939

MR. & MRS. FRANCHOT TONE
MARRIED: 1935 – 1939

Thus BEGAN the famous HOLLYWOOD FEUD that culminated when the TWO STARRED TOGETHER, long after their marriages to the aforesaid gentlemen ended, in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE IN 1962.

LEFT: BETTE DAVIS (1908-1989) RIGHT: JOAN CRAWFORD (1904-1977) WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE 1962

LEFT: BETTE DAVIS (1908-1989) RIGHT: JOAN CRAWFORD (1904-1977)
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE 1962

BETTE DAVIS WAS NOMINATED for that year’s BEST ACTRESS award. JOAN CRAWFORD WAS NOT.

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY BEST ACTRESS 1962 JOAN CRAWFORD (left) NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 18962 BETTE DAVIS (right0

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY
BEST ACTRESS 1962
JOAN CRAWFORD (left)
NOMINEE
BEST ACTRESS 18962
BETTE DAVIS (right)

 

But it was JOAN CRAWFORD who ACCEPTED THE BEST ACTRESS 1962 ACADEMY AWARD that evening in 1963 by accepting it

JOAN CRAWFORD ACCEPTS ACADEMY AWARD BEST ACTRESS 1962 FOR ANNE BANCROFT

JOAN CRAWFORD ACCEPTS ACADEMY AWARD BEST ACTRESS 1962 FOR
ANNE BANCROFT

FOR ANNE BANCROFT for her performance in THE MIRACLE WORKER.

WINNER BEST ACTRESS 1962 ANNE BANCROFT 1931 - 2005 THE MIRACLE WORKER

WINNER BEST ACTRESS 1962
ANNE BANCROFT
1931 – 2005
THE MIRACLE WORKER

JOAN CRAWFORD had ASKED EVERY NOMINEE

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1962 GERALDINE PAGE 1924 - 1987 SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1962
GERALDINE PAGE
1924 – 1987
SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1962 KATHARINE HEPBURN 1907 - 2003 LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1962
KATHARINE HEPBURN
1907 – 2003
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

 

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1962 LEE REMICK 1935 - 1991 DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1962
LEE REMICK
1935 – 1991
DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES

except Bette if they’d be at the awards ceremony and IF not COULD SHE ACCEPT THE AWARD FOR THEM. Anne Brancroft said, “NO I WILL NOT BE THERE. I’M DOING A PLAY IN NEW YORK. YES YOU MAY ACCEPT IT IN MY STEAD WITH MY THANKS”.

ANNE BANCROFT 1931 - 2005 5 NOMINATIONS 1 WIN

ANNE BANCROFT
1931 – 2005
5 NOMINATIONS
1 WIN

That night, JOAN breezed past BETTE BACKSTAGE with the words, “EXCUSE ME, I HAVE AN OSCAR TO GET.”

JOAN CRAWFORD & ANNE BANCROFT BACKSTAGE IN NEW YORK CITY 1963

JOAN CRAWFORD & ANNE BANCROFT BACKSTAGE IN NEW YORK CITY 1963

 

BETTE DAVIS’ AWARD in 1935 also CREATED ANOTHER FEUD with fellow BEST ACTRESS 1935 NOMINEE MIRIAM HOPKINS.

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1935 MIRIAM HOPKINS 1902 - 1972 BECKY SHARP

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1935
MIRIAM HOPKINS
1902 – 1972
BECKY SHARP

NOMINATED for BECKY SHARP, MIRIAM HOPKINS RESENTED the fact that the academy made such exceptions to MAKE SURE BETTE DAVIS WAS ELIGIBLE AND WOULD WIN that year because she got snubbed the previous year and frankly, Miriam Hopkins probably realized that she would never be nominated again and indeed she wasn’t. But she should have been. She complained openly about it. SHE also BELIEVED and OPENLY ACCUSED BETTE DAVIS of HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH HER HUSBAND, ANATOLE LITVAK,

NOMINEE BEST DIRECTOR 1948 ANATOLE LITVAK 1902 - 1974 THE SNAKE PIT

NOMINEE BEST DIRECTOR 1948
ANATOLE LITVAK
1902 – 1974
THE SNAKE PIT

a well-known HOLLYWOOD HOUND, who was directing Bette Davis in THE SISTERS in 1937. THE HOPKINS-DAVIS FIGHTS were in the papers and not just the trades

MIRIAM HOPKINS 1902 - 1972 1 NOMINATION 0 WIN 1 SNUB

MIRIAM HOPKINS
1902 – 1972
1 NOMINATION
0 WIN
1 SNUB

. That feud LASTED UNTIL MIRIAM HOPKINS RETIRED AFTER 1970 and probably beyond that although not for very long.

 

 

 

 

MIRIAM HOPKINS (1902 - 1972) IN THE CHASE 1966

MIRIAM HOPKINS
(1902 – 1972)
IN
THE CHASE 1966

 

 In all of this THE ONE PERSON WHO DID NOT COMPLAIN in 1935 was THE ACTRESS WHO GOT SNUBBED THAT YEAR. I refer to GRETA GARBO

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY BEST ACTRESS 1935 GRETA GARBO 1905-1990 ANNA KARENINA

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY
BEST ACTRESS 1935
GRETA GARBO
1905-1990
ANNA KARENINA

who should have been nominated and I believe would have won BEST ACTRESS 1935, HAD SHE BEEN NOMINATED FOR her performance in ANNA KARENINA. She was born to play that role and she performed it with great artistry.GREAT GARBO WAS SPECIAL.

GRETA GARBO 1905 - 1990 3 NOMINATIONS 0 WINS

GRETA GARBO
1905 – 1990
3 NOMINATIONS
0 WINS

And she was TREATED AS SPECIAL BY THE STUDIO, by the PRODUCTION CREWS, by the TRADE PRESS, EVERYONE, resulting in A GREAT DEAL OF ENVY and thus, ANIMOSITY toward her on the part of some FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE ACTING BRANCH OF THE ACADEMY. SHE’D been SNUBBED BEFORE

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY BEST ACTRESS 1931 GRETA GARBO 1905 - 1990 MATA HARI

SNUBBED by the ACADEMY
BEST ACTRESS 1931
GRETA GARBO
1905 – 1990
MATA HARI

and this year was no different. SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED. And it’s not just the test of time that convinces me of this premise. Beside the academy award, in 1935, there was ONLY ONE OTHER PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT in film. It was an award offered by the FILM CRITICS of all the MAJOR NEWSPAPERS IN NEW YORK CITY.

FOUNDERS of the NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE

FOUNDERS of the NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE

Of course I’m speaking of the NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD.

NEW YORK CRITICS FILM CIRCLE AWARD 1935

NEW YORK CRITICS FILM CIRCLE AWARD 1935

The FIRST FILM ACTRESS to receive this prestigious award was none other than GRETA GARBO for her performance IN ANNA KARENINA.

NEW BEST ACTRESS 1935 GRETA GARBO 1905 - 1990 ANNA KARENINA

NEW BEST ACTRESS 1935
GRETA GARBO
1905 – 1990
ANNA KARENINA

I believe I’m making my case not just for a nomination but the award itself. WELCOME TO DEOSCARIZE.COM and affirm or deny my intention to DEOSCARIZE BETTE DAVIS

DEOSCARIZE BETTE DAVIS BEST ACTRESS 1935

DEOSCARIZE BETTE DAVIS
BEST ACTRESS 1935

for what she herself described as HER CONSOLATION PRIZE as BEST ACTRESS 1935 and make the great GRETA GARBO the NEW Best Actress 1935 for her CLASSIC FILM PERFORMANCE as ANNA KARENINA.

 

BETTE DAVIS won ANOTHER BEST ACTRESS ACADEMY AWARD in 1938, much more deserved for her performance in JEZEBEL

WINNER BEST ACTRESS 1938 BETTE DAVIS 1908 - 1989 JEZEBEL

WINNER BEST ACTRESS 1938
BETTE DAVIS
1908 – 1989
JEZEBEL

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1941 BETTE DAVIS 1908 - 1989 THE LITTLE FOXES

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1941
BETTE DAVIS
1908 – 1989
THE LITTLE FOXES

and she SHOULD HAVE WON BEST ACTRESS 1941 for THE LITTLE FOXES instead of JOAN FONTAINE

NOMINEE Best Actress 1940 JOAN FONTAINE 1917 - 2013 REBECCA

WINNER Best Actress 1941
JOAN FONTAINE
1917 – 2013
SUSPICION

but NOT BARBARA STANWYCK.

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

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

At any rate, she ONLY NEEDED ONE to be known for the rest of her life and beyond as ACADEMY AWARD WINNING ACTRESS BETTE DAVIS but just as important in this alternate reality that is DEOSCARIZE.COM, GRETA GARBO CAN NOW SAY THAT TOO,

 Greta Garbo 1905-1990 Retired: 1941


Greta Garbo
1905-1990
Retired: 1941

wherever she may be.

 

Speaking of our alternate reality at DEOSCARIZE.COM which is where we are right now, we previously created a BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS CATEGORY 1935 with nominees

NOMINEE NEW BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1935 EDNA MAY OLIVER A TALE OF TWO CITIES

NOMINEE NEW BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1935
EDNA MAY OLIVER
A TALE OF TWO CITIES

NOMINEE BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1935 ROSALIND RUSSELL 1907 - 1976 CHINA SEAS

NOMINEE BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1935
ROSALIND RUSSELL
1907 – 1976
CHINA SEAS

NOMINEE BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1935 MAY ROBSON 1858 - 1942 ANNA KARENINA

NOMINEE BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1935
MAY ROBSON
1858 – 1942
ANNA KARENINA

and everything. So we will look to that ON THE NEXT EDITION OF DEOSCARIZE.COM. You know, some people like it here in this alternate reality. Others not so much.

OF COURSE I CAN SEE WHERE FOLKS MIGHT THINK I’M WRONG. I’M PREPARED TO MAKE MY CASE FOR DEOSCARIZING BETTE DAVIS. CAN YOU MAKE THE CASE TO PREVENT IT? IS THERE SOMEONE ELSE YOU WOULD DEOSCARIZE BETTE DAVIS FOR IN 1935? LET’S DISCUSS IT.

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