And the Winner Is...
Each month, we will be showing an Academy Award winning film from a different decade.
"The brainchild of Louis B. Mayer, head of the powerful MGM film studio, the Academy was organized in May 1927 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the film industry. Its first president and the host of the May 1929 ceremony was the actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Unlike today, the winners of the first Oscars–as the coveted gold-plated statuettes later became known–were announced before the awards ceremony itself.
At the time of the first Oscar ceremony, sound had just been introduced into film. The Warner Bros. movie The Jazz Singer–one of the first “talkies”–was not allowed to compete for Best Picture because the Academy decided it was unfair to let movies with sound compete with silent films. The first official Best Picture winner (and the only silent film to win Best Picture) was Wings, directed by William Wellman. The most expensive movie of its time, with a budget of $2 million, the movie told the story of two World War I pilots who fall for the same woman. Another film, F.W. Murnau’s epic Sunrise, was considered a dual winner for the best film of the year. German actor Emil Jannings won the Best Actor honor for his roles in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh, while 22-year-old Janet Gaynor was the only female winner. After receiving three out of the five Best Actress nods, she won for all three roles, in Seventh Heaven, Street Angel and Sunrise." (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-academy-awards-ceremony, 12/30/2016).
March 8-Casablanca (1943)
- In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former love, with unforeseen complications.
April 12-Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
- A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days.
May 10-West Side Story (1961)
- Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
June 14-The Sting (1973)
- In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.
July 12-Rain Man (1988)
- Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt’s father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
August 9-Unforgiven (1992)
- Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
September 13-Million Dollar Baby (2004)
- A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
October 11-Argo (2012)
- Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.
November 8 - TBD