81 Days With Oscar And Me

Every Academy Award-Winning Movie, Back to Back, Starting With the First

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Entries Tagged as 'William Wyler'

Ben-Hur

September 20th, 2009 · No Comments · 1959, Adaptation, Ben-Hur, CGI, Charlton Heston, Color, Composer: Miklós Rózsa, Drama, Hugh Griffith, Jack Hawkins, M-G-M Studios, Panavision (Widescreen), William Wyler

You know you’re in trouble when the overture to a movie lasts six and a half minutes.
And when the word “OVERTURE” is superimposed on the image is of Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam.
And when the movie begins with the birth of Christ.
And when a reported 100,000 costumes, 8,000 extras, 300 sets and a staggering [...]

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Best Years Of Our Lives, The

September 7th, 2009 · No Comments · 1946, Adaptation, Best Years Of Our Lives, Black and White, Drama, Hoagy Carmichael, MacKinlay Kantor, Marriage and Divorce, Myrna Loy, Samuel Goldwyn Company, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, William Wyler

Another adaptation, the 12th out of 19 Oscar-winning movies, and the second in a row. At this point, Hollywood makes a movie out of a novel, short story, or play 63% of the time – a remarkable statistic!
The Best Years Of Our Lives was directed by William Wyler (1902-1981), who also directed Mrs. Miniver. [...]

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Mrs. Miniver

September 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · 1942, Adaptation, Black and White, Clara Bow, Composer: Herbert Stothart, Drama, M-G-M Studios, Mrs. Miniver, Walter Pidgeon, War, William Wyler

Oh, Mrs. Miniver, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…
I may not be alone in my dislike for this movie. The curmudgeonly book The Real Oscar: The Story Behind the Academy Awards, by Peter H. Brown, indicates a great deal of politics are behind the Oscar picks (what a surprise!) and [...]

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