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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.
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.
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.
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.
THERE IS A STORY, perhaps apocryphal, that upon holding THE ACADEMY AWARD in her hand
BETTE DAVIS CALLED IT OSCAR because the STATUE’S BACKSIDE REMINDED HER
of her HUSBAND HARMON OSCAR NELSON, known as Ham Nelson.
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
being CAUGHT in what used to be called, A COMPROMISING POSITION, IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO.
FRANCHOT TONE, you see, was ALSO MARRIED at the time…TO JOAN CRAWFORD.
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.
BETTE DAVIS WAS NOMINATED for that year’s BEST ACTRESS award. JOAN CRAWFORD WAS NOT.
But it was JOAN CRAWFORD who ACCEPTED THE BEST ACTRESS 1962 ACADEMY AWARD that evening in 1963 by accepting it
FOR ANNE BANCROFT for her performance in THE MIRACLE WORKER.
JOAN CRAWFORD had ASKED EVERY NOMINEE
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”.
That night, JOAN breezed past BETTE BACKSTAGE with the words, “EXCUSE ME, I HAVE AN OSCAR TO GET.”
BETTE DAVIS’ AWARD in 1935 also CREATED ANOTHER FEUD with fellow BEST ACTRESS 1935 NOMINEE MIRIAM HOPKINS.
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,
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
. That feud LASTED UNTIL MIRIAM HOPKINS RETIRED AFTER 1970 and probably beyond that although not for very long.
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
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.
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
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.
Of course I’m speaking of the NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD.
The FIRST FILM ACTRESS to receive this prestigious award was none other than GRETA GARBO for her performance IN 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
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
and she SHOULD HAVE WON BEST ACTRESS 1941 for THE LITTLE FOXES instead of JOAN FONTAINE
but NOT BARBARA STANWYCK.
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,
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
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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