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The Best Picture Project – Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

Gentleman's Agreement (1947 movie poster).jpgDirected by Elia Kazan

Screenplay by Moss Hart, from the novel by Laura Z. Hobson

Starring Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Anne Revere and Celeste Holm

Throughout the long and winding road I’ve traveled for the Best Picture Project, I’ve learned more than a few things.  Most prominent amongst those lessons, oh my brothers and only friends, is there is no predictability about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  At least not in the traditional sense of predictability. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – Ordinary People (1980)

Directed by Robert Redford

Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, from the novel by Judith Guest

Starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton

Robert Redford isn’t the first actor to step behind the camera. As far back as the silent films, with Fatty Arbuckle, Chaplin and Keaton, actors have really only wanted to do one thing: direct. And Redford isn’t even the first to get some sort of Academy recognition for it either. Laurence Olivier directed Hamlet to the Best Picture, though he lost out director to John Huston, and Warren Beatty was nominated twice for Best Director in the 70s, before finally winning his Oscar the year after Robert Redford won his. And this win by Redford wasn’t just something the Academy did to throw an actor a bone, but was part of a real Ordinary People admiration society, a film that got six nominations, and four wins. Continue reading

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