Sunday, 28 February 2016

Picture(s) of the Week, Part 2: The Academy Awards During Hollywood's Golden Age (1950-1969)

Gloria Swanson with José Ferrer, the Best Actor winner for Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), and Judy Holliday, Best Actress for Born Yesterday (1950).

Claire Trevor prepared to give Humphrey Bogart a kiss after presenting him with the Oscar for Best Actor for The African Queen (1951).

Harry Cohn presents Vivien Leigh with the Oscar for Best Actress for her work in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Leigh was unable to attend the ceremony that year, so the award was given to her in London.

Fredric March congratulates Shirley Booth after presenting her with the Oscar for Best Actress for Come Back, Little Sheba (1952).

 Gloria Grahame received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for The Bad and the Beautiful (1952).

Cecil B. DeMille poses with his Oscar for Best Picture for The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and the Irving G. Thalberg Award for "consistently high quality of motion picture production."

Audrey Hepburn proudly holds her Oscar for Best Actress for Roman Holiday (1953).

William Holden received the statuette for Best Actor for his performance in Stalag 17 (1953).

Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed won Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress for their performances in From Here to Eternity (1953).

Grace Kelly receives from William Holden the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in The Country Girl (1954).

 Marlon Brando holds his award for Best Actor for On the Waterfront (1954).

On the Waterfront also gave Eva Marie Saint the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She was pregnant at the time.

Three winners at the 28th Academy Awards: Jack Lemmon, Best Supporting Actor for Mister Roberts (1955); Jo Van Fleet, Best Supporting Actress for East of Eden (1955); and Ernest Borgnine, Best Actor for Marty (1955).

The recipients of the Best Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor Oscars at the 29th Academy Awards: Dorothy Malone for Written on the Wind (1956) and Anthony Quinn for Lust for Life (1956).

John Wayne presents Joanne Woodward with the Oscar for Best Actress for her work in The Three Faces of Eve (1957).

 Three winners at the 31st Academy Awards presentation: Burl Ives, Best Supporting Actor for The Big Country (1958); Susan Hayward, Best Actress for I Want to Live (1958); and David Niven, Best Actor for Separate Tables (1958).

Simone Signoret and Charlton Heston with their awards for Best Actress and Best Actor. She won for Room at the Top (1959) and he for Ben-Hur (1959).

Shelley Winters celebrates her Best Supporting Actress win for The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) with presenter Edmond O'Brien.

The winners of the Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress statuettes at the 33rd Academy Awards: Peter Ustinov for Spartacus (1960) and Shirley Jones for Elmer Gantry (1960).

 Maximilian Schell receives from Joan Crawford the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961).

Winner for West Side Story (1961): George Chakiris for Best Supporting Actor; Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise for Best Director (wise also won for Best Picture); and Rita Moreno for Best Supporting Actress.

 The winners in the acting categories at the 35th Academy Awards: Gregory Peck, Best Actor for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962); Patty Duke, Best Supporting Actress for The Miracle Worker (1962); Joan Crawford, accepting for Anne Bancroft, who won Best Actress for The Miracle Worker; and Ed Begley, Best Supporting Actor for Sweet Bird of Youth (1962).

 Sidney Poitier poses with his Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Lillies of the Field (1963). He was the first African-American actor to win in that category.

George Cukor, Best Director winner for My Fair Lady (1964), with presenter Joan Crawford. 

Julie Andrews hugging the Best Actress Oscar that she received for playing the title role in Mary Poppins (1964).

The winners in the acting categories at the 38th Academy Awards: Lee Marvin, Best Actor for Cat Ballou (1965); Julie Christie, Best Actress for Darling (1965); Shelley Winters, Best Supporting Actress for A Patch of Blue (1965); and Martin Balsam, Best Supporting Actor for A Thousand Clowns (1965).

Elizabeth Taylor with her much-deserved Oscar for Best Actress for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

Fred Zinnemann, winner of Best Director and Best Picture for A Man For All Seasons (1966).

Leslie Caron presents Mike Nichols with the award for Best Director for The Graduate (1967).

Barbra Streisand holds her Oscar for Best Actress for Funny Girl (1968). That year was notable for the first (and so far, only) tie for Best Actress (or any female acting category). Streisand shared the award with Katharine Hepburn for her role in The Lion in Winter (1968).

Barbra Streisand kisses John Wayne after presenting him with the Academy Award for Best Actor for True Grit (1969).

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Part 1 of this Oscar-theme "Picture of the Week": The Academy Awards During Hollywood's Golden Age (1929-1949)

Are you looking forward for the Oscars tonight? Do you have any favorites? These are my predictions:

Best Picture: The Revenant
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant
Best Actress: Brie Larson for Room
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone for Creed
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant
 

Picture(s) of the Week, Part 1: The Academy Awards During Hollywood's Golden Age (1929-1949)

Douglas Fairbanks presents Janet Gaynor with the first ever Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Seventh Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1927) and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927).

 Mary Pickford poses with her Oscar for Best Actress. She won for her performance in Coquette (1929), her first talkie.

 Norma Shearer receives from Conrad Nagel the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in The Divorcee (1930).

Marie Dressler and Lionel Barrymore were the Best Actress and Best Actor winners at the 5th Academy Awards. She won for Min and Bill (1930) and he for A Free Soul (1931).

 Louis B. Mayer presents Carl Laemmle with the award for Best Picture for All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).

Helen Hayes proudly holds her Best Actress Oscar for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931).

Shirley Temple gives Claudette Colbert the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in It Happened One Night (1934).

It Happened One Night also earned Clark Gable the Oscar for Best Actor...

...and Frank Capra the statuette for Best Director.

Bette Davis gazes at her Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Dangerous (1935).

Three Oscar winners at the 9th Academy Awards: Paul Muni, Best Actor for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936); Luisa Rainer, Best Actress for The Great Ziegfeld (1936); and Frank Capra, Best Director for Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936).

The first ever recipients of the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards: Walter Brennan for Come and Get It (1936) and Gale Sondergaard for Anthony Adverse (1936).

Luisa Rainer holds her second Academy Award for Best Actress. This time she won for The Good Earth (1937).

Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis hold their Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress. He won for Boys Town (1938) and she for Jezebel (1938).

Mickey Rooney, recipient of an Academy Juvenile Award at the 11th Oscars ceremony.

Vivien Leigh poses with her much-deserved Best Actress statuette for her role in Gone with the Wind (1939).

 Fay Bainter presents Hattie McDaniel the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Gone with the Wind. She was the first African-American to receive an Academy Award.

Mickey Rooney presents Judy Garland with the Academy Juvenile Award (and a kiss) for The Wizard of Oz (1939).


Two very happy (and cute) winners: James Stewart, Best Actor for The Philadelphia Story (1940); and Ginger Rogers, Best Actress for Kitty Foyle (1940).

Joan Fontaine and Gary Cooper with their Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Actor. She won for Suspicion (1941) and he for Sergeant York (1941). 

The winners in the acting categories at the 15th Academy Awards: Van Heflin, Best Supporting Actor for Johnny Eager (1941); Greer Garson, Best Actress for Mrs. Miniver (1942); James Cagney, Best Actor for Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942); and Teresa Wright, Best Supporting Actress for Mrs. Miniver.


The acting winners at the 16th Academy Awards: Paul Lukas, Best Actor for Watch on the Rhine (1943); Jennifer Jones, Best Actress for The Song of Bernadette (1943); Katina Paxinou for For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943); and Charles Coburn for The More the Merrier (1943).

 Three winners at the 17th Academy Awards: Barry Fitzgerald, Best Supporting Actor for Going My Way (1944); Ingrid Bergman, Best Actress for Gaslight (1944); and Bing Crosby, for Going My Way. Odd fact: Fitzgerald was also nominated for Best Actor for the same film.

Ray Milland holding his Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Lost Weekend (1945).

Joan Crawford with her Oscar for Best Actress for her work in Mildred Pierce (1945). She was absent from the ceremony, claiming she had pneumonia (although it was said it was actually because she was sure she would not win). When she did win, the award was delivered to her while in bed that night.

 Ray Milland presents Olivia de Havilland with the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in To Each His Own (1946).

Winners for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946): Samuel Goldwyn, Best Picture and Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award; Harold Russell, Best Supporting Actor and Honorary Academy Award; and William Wyler, Best Director. 

Anne Baxter with her award for Best Supporting Actress for The Razor's Edge (1946).
 
Winners at the 20th Academy Awards: Darryl F. Zanuck, Best Picture for Gentleman's Agreement (1947); Edmund Gwenn, Best Supporting Actor for Miracle on 34th Street (1947); Loretta Young, Best Actress for The Farmer's Daughter (1947); Ronald Colman, Best Actor for A Double Life (1947); and Celeste Holm, Best Supporting Actress for Gentleman's Agreement.

A family of winners: Walter Huston, Best Supporting Actor for The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948); and John Huston, Best Director for the same picture.  

Jane Wyman holding her Oscar for Best Actress for Johnny Belinda (1948).

The winners in the acting categories at the 22nd Academy Awards: Mercedes McCambridge, Best Supporting Actress for All The King's Men (1949); Broderick Crawford, Best Actor for the same film; Olivia de Havilland, Best Actress for The Heiress (1949); and Dean Jagger, Best Supporting Actor for Twelve O'Clock High (1949).

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Part 2 of this Oscar-themed "Picture of the Week": The Academy Awards During Hollywood's Golden Age (1950-1969)