Friday, May 16, 2014

1942 CinSpec Awards


Winners indicated (*). I still need to see films like There Was A Father, In This Our Life, The Glass Key, For Me and My Gal, My Sister Eileen, Road to Morocco, Saludos Amigos, Gentleman Jim, I Married a Witch, Larceny, Inc., You Were Never Lovelier, My Gal Sal, Thunder Rock, Reap the Wild Wind, Once Upon a Honeymoon, Jungle Book, Tortilla Flat, Arabian Nights, and The Young Mr. Pitt.

The Magnificent Ambersons

BEST PICTURE:
Cat People
The Magnificent Ambersons*
One of Our Aircraft is Missing
Sullivan's Travels
To Be or Not to Be

BEST DIRECTOR:
Ernst Lubitsch, To Be or Not to Be
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, One of Our Aircraft is Missing
Preston Sturges, Sullivan's Travels
Jacques Tourneur, Cat People
Orson Welles, The Magnificent Ambersons*

Yankee Doodle Dandy

BEST ACTOR:
Jack Benny, To Be or Not to Be
James Cagney, Yankee Doodle Dandy*
Tim Holt, The Magnificent Ambersons
Joel McCrea, Sullivan's Travels
Monty Woolley, The Pied Piper

BEST ACTRESS:
Bette Davis, Now, Voyager*
Greer Garson, Random Harvest
Carole Lombard, To Be or Not to Be
Ginger Rogers, The Major and the Minor
Simone Simon, Cat People

Now, Voyager

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
William Bendix, Wake Island
Joseph Cotten, The Magnificent Ambersons*
Van Heflin, Johnny Eager
Otto Preminger, The Pied Piper
Ronald Reagan, Kings Row

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Mary Astor, The Palm Beach Story
Veronica Lake, Sullivan's Travels
Agnes Moorehead, The Magnificent Ambersons*
Ann Sheridan, Kings Row
Teresa Wright, Mrs. Miniver

Sullivan's Travels

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
The Magnificent Ambersons*
The Major and the Minor
Mrs. Miniver
Random Harvest
This Gun for Hire

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
One of Our Aircraft is Missing
The Palm Beach Story
Sullivan's Travels*
The Talk of the Town
To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
The Black Swan
Cat People
49th Parallel
The Magnificent Ambersons*
One of Our Aircraft is Missing

BEST FILM EDITING:
Cat People
49th Parallel
The Magnificent Ambersons
One of Our Aircraft is Missing*
Sullivan's Travels

One of Our Aircraft is Missing

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Bambi
The Black Swan
Kings Row
The Magnificent Ambersons
Now, Voyager*

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
"Happy Holiday", Holiday Inn
"Heave Ho", The Black Swan
"Little April Shower", Bambi
"Love is a Song", Bambi
"White Christmas", Holiday Inn*

Additional Categories

The Black Swan

BEST ART DIRECTION:
The Black Swan
Cat People
Kings Row
The Magnificent Ambersons*
Yankee Doodle Dandy

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
The Black Swan*
The Magnificent Ambersons
Now, Voyager
Roxie Hart
Yankee Doodle Dandy

Cat People

BEST MAKEUP:
The Black Swan*
The Magnificent Ambersons
Yankee Doodle Dandy

BEST SOUND (MIXING AND EDITING):
Cat People*
49th Parallel
One of Our Aircraft is Missing
The Pride of the Yankees
Wake Island

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
The Black Swan
One of Our Aircraft is Missing*
Saboteur

12 comments:

  1. This whole year is a giant blind spot for me. I've been meaning to watch The Magnificent Ambersons forever. Same goes for Cat People since the remake is just so bad its awesome. Thanks for the reminders.

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    1. No problem. Hope you like those films!

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  2. Great to see Greer Garson on there for Random Harvest, I should check out more of her work. I could say the same about Veronica Lake.

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    1. I love Garson's performance in Mrs. Miniver, but I wish she'd won for Random Harvest instead. Glad to hear you're a fan of that performance too. I need to check out more of Lake's work as well, as I've only seen a few of her films.

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  3. Great picks! Man, I really need to see The Magnificent Ambersons again. It has been years and years, but I really do love that film.

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    1. Thanks man! Ambersons wins rather easily, but I need to rewatch it too.

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  4. Ambersons!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cagney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Moorehead!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Welles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This year is amazing, as are your awards!

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    1. Thanks pal! I can't wait to see how the Fistis turn out for this year!

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  5. I'm very curious about Mrs. Miniver as a friend recommended it to me after I saw Greer Garson in The Valley of Decision (w/ Greg Peck of course). I have so many I haven't seen from this year.

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    1. Mrs. Miniver is a good one, Ruth! I used to give it more nominations before I saw more films from this year, but it's still in my top 10 at #9 right now. :)

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  6. When I stumbled across 1941 I hadn't realized you had done so many years. I'll never catch up but I'll have a good time trying! I decided to start with the 40's since that's my favorite movie period, followed by the 70's.
    Our winners are much farther apart this year than '41 with only Moorehead the same.

    Film:
    The Magnificent Ambersons
    Mrs. Miniver
    Now, Voyager
    Sullivan's Travels
    To Be or Not To Be-Winner
    As beautifully shot as Ambersons is and as good a film it is I've always preferred the deceptively dark/light of To Be or Not to Be with Sullivan's just behind.

    Director:
    Alfred Hitchcock-Saboteur
    Ernst Lubitsch-To Be or Not To Be-Winner
    Preston Sturges-Sullivan's Travels
    Orson Welles-The Magnificent Ambersons
    Billy Wilder-The Major and the Minor
    A very rich field and while I admire them all, especially the way Wilder made material that no one today would even touch light and charming, my vote would still have to go with Lubitsch for the difficult juggling act that is To Be or Not to Be.

    Actor:
    Ronald Colman-Random Harvest
    Gary Cooper-Pride of the Yankees
    Alan Ladd-This Gun for Hire
    Joel McCrea-Sullivan's Travels-Winner
    Monty Wooley-The Man Who Came to Dinner
    The Pied Piper with Wooley is one film that has always eluded me but your including him makes me want to see the film even more. I also hated to leave off Jack Benny, he was my sixth choice, but even if he had made the cut Joel McCrea and his effortless work would still take the prize.

    Actress:
    Lucille Ball-The Big Street
    Bette Davis-Now, Voyager
    Greer Garson-Random Harvest
    Veronica Lake-I Married a Witch-Winner
    Rosalind Russell-My Sister Eileen
    During her regrettably short time at the top '42 was undoubtedly Veronica's best year. Three great performances but this is her best, she's sly, vulnerable, funny and glows like the sun. Her performance, especially her seemingly total infatuation with Fredric March, is even more impressive if you know they loathed each other off screen. My second choice would be Davis's great work although I love Lucy's commitment to her character's venality never once trying to engender the audience's sympathy.

    Supporting Actor:
    Joseph Cotton-The Magnificent Ambersons
    Van Heflin-Johnny Eager
    Cecil Kellaway-I Married a Witch
    Claude Rains-Now, Voyager
    Henry Travers-Mrs. Miniver-Winner
    All five performances are terrific but for me Travers, so gently touching in his few scenes, conveys what Mr. Ballard's life is about with minimal screen time he just seemed a bit more fleshed out than the others.

    Supporting Actress:
    Gladys Cooper-Now, Voyager
    Diana Lynn-The Major and the Minor
    Agnes Moorehead-The Magnificent Ambersons-Winner
    Ann Sheridan-The Man Who Came to Dinner
    Dame May Whitty-Mrs. Miniver
    Again fine work from all, especially Sheridan in a whirling dervish of a performance, but I think Agnes Moorehead's work here is one of the best performances from anybody ever, I'll never understand how she lost.

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    1. Yeah, this is one of the many years that I'm going to make images for after I'm done posting ballots for 1930-2013, which will be over in a few months.

      Awesome ballot! To Be or Not to Be is a great choice, and I'm thrilled to see a nomination for Garson's performance in Random Harvest. I was close to nominating Woolley for The Man Who Came to Dinner, but his performance in The Pied Piper stuck with me more. Sheridan is great in the former as well, though I couldn't resist nominating her for her strong work in Kings Row. I really need to watch I Married a Witch.

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