Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They Should Have Been Contenders for an Oscar

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They Should Have Been Contenders for an Oscar

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has shown a

notorious tendency to make the wrong choices. For example, the

group gave the Oscar that belonged to Citizen Kane to How Green

Was My Valley and the Oscar that belonged to Marlon Brando for A

Streetcar Named Desire to Humphrey Bogart for The African Queen.

Movies like Cimarron, Cavalcade, The Great Ziegfeld, You Can't

Take It with You, Going My Way, Gentlemen's Agreement, The

Greatest Show on Earth, Marty, and Around the World in 80 Days

have all earned Oscars, while Red River, Singin' in the Rain,

Rear Window, The Searchers, Vertigo, The Manchurian Candidate, A

Hard Day's Night, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Wild Bunch, The Man

Who Would be King and Close Encounters of the Third Kind went

without a nomination, let alone a statuette.

It should come as no surprise then that an Academy that

preferred In the Heat of the Night to both Bonnie and Clyde and

The Graduate never got around to giving Oscars to Richard

Burton, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Kirk Douglas, Barbara

Stanwyck, Robert Mitchum, Marlene Dietrich, Myrna Loy, Tyrone

Power, Errol Flynn, Bob Hope or Lauren Bacall.

The work of those 12 stars will be featured this weekend by

American Movie Classics in what it is calling its "Stars without

Statuettes" festival. The movies featured in the festival are:

Titanic (6 and 11:15 a.m. tomorrow): Stanwyck plays a doomed

passenger. 1953.

Mississippi Gambler (7:45 a.m. and 1 and 7 p.m. tomorrow):

Power is an ambitious gambler. 1953.

Destry Rides Again (9:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. tomorrow and 4

a.m. Sunday): Classic comic Western with James Stewart as the

new sheriff and Dietrich as Frenchy, who runs the local saloon.

1939.

The Robe (2:45 p.m. tomorrow and 1:35 a.m. Sunday): Biblical

epic with Burton as a Roman who is profoundly affected by

witnessing Christ's crucifixion. 1953.

Young Man with a Horn (5 and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow): Douglas as a

hungry young trumpet player torn between sweet Doris Day and a

sultry temptress played by Bacall. 1950. …

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