Archive for the ‘1931’ Category

Fixing the Oscars 2.0 – 1931

April 23, 2012

BEST ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PICTURE

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City Lights – WINNER!

– Frankenstein
– Tabu: A Story of the South Seas
– The Public Enemy
– Monkey Business

BEST NON-ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PICTURE

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M – WINNER!

– À Nous la Liberté / Freedom for Us
– Le Million / The Million
– Der Kongreß tanzt / The Congress Dances
– Marius

BEST ACTOR

Peter Lorre (M) – WINNER!

– Charles Chaplin (City Lights)
– Bela Lugosi (Dracula)
– Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar)
– James Cagney (The Public Enemy)
– René Lefèvre (Le Million)

BEST ACTRESS

Dorothea Wieck (Mädchen in Uniform) – WINNER!

– Sylvia Sidney (Street Scene)
– Irene Dunne (Cimarron)
– Helen Hayes (The Sin of Madelon Claudet)
– Sylvia Sidney (City Streets)
– Barbara Stanwyck (The Miracle Woman)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Raimu (Marius) – WINNER!

– Boris Karloff (Frankenstein)
– Harry Myers (City Lights)
– Henri Marchand (À Nous la Liberté)
– Dwight Frye (Dracula)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Annabella (Le Million) – WINNER! (tied)
Miriam Hopkins (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) – WINNER! (tied)

– Lotte Lenya (Die 3 Groschen-Oper / The Threepenny Opera)

– Beulah Bondi (Street Scene)
– Virginia Cherrill (City Lights)

BEST DIRECTOR

Fritz Lang (M) – WINNER!

– Charles Chaplin (City Lights)
– René Clair (À Nous la Liberté)
– René Clair (Le Million)
– F. W. Murnau (Tabu)
– William Wellman (The Public Enemy)
– James Whale (Frankenstein)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

M (Thea von Harbou & Fritz Lang; from a newspaper report by Egon Jacobson) – WINNER!

– Le Million (René Clair; from the play by Georges Berr & Marcel Guillemaud)
– Marius (Marcel Pagnol; from his play)
– The Public Enemy (Harvey F. Thew; from the novel “Beer and Blood” by Kubec Glasmon & John Bright)
– Frankenstein (Garrett Fort & Francis Edward Faragoh; from the novel by Mary Shelley and the play by – – John L. Balderston & Peggy Webling)
– Street Scene (Elmer Rice; from his play)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

City Lights (Charles Chaplin) – WINNER!

– À Nous la Liberté (René Clair)
– Monkey Business (S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone & Arthur Sheekman)
– The Congress Dances (Norbert Falk & Robert Liebmann)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Frankenstein (Arthur Edeson) – WINNER!

– M (Fritz Arno Wagner)
– Tabu (Floyd Crosby, Robert Flaherty)
– Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Karl Struss)
– Dracula (Karl Freund)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

City Lights (Charles Chaplin) – WINNER!

– Street Scene (Alfred Newman)
– Marius (Frank Gromon)
– Frankenstein (Bernard Kaun)

BEST ADAPTED/SONG SCORE

À Nous la Liberté (Georges Auric, original music; René Clair, sung text; Armand Bernard, musical director) WINNER!

– The Smiling Lieutenant (Oscar Straus & Clifford Grey, original songs; Adolph Deutsch, musical director)
– Le Million (Armand Bernard, Philippe Parès & George Van Parys, original music; René Clair, sung text)
– The Threepenny Opera (Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht, adapted songs; Theo Mackeben, musical director)
– The Congress Dances (Werner R. Heymann & Robert Gilbert, original songs)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Das gibt’s nur einmal, das kommt nie wieder”, Werner R. Heymann & Robert Gilbert (The Congress Dances) WINNER! (tied)
“Jazz Up Your Lingerie”, Oscar Straus & Clifford Grey (The Smiling Lieutenant) WINNER! (tied)

– “Das muss ein Stueck vom Himmel sein, Wien und der Wein”, Werner R. Heymann & Robert Gilbert (The Congress Dances)
– “Toujours l’Amour in the Army”, Oscar Straus & Clifford Grey (The Smiling Lieutenant)
– “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South”, Leon René, Otis René and Clarence Muse (Safe in Hell)
– “When Your Lover Has Gone”, E. A. Swan (Blonde Crazy)

BEST SOUND

Frankenstein – WINNER!

– À Nous la Liberté
– City Streets
– Le Million
– M

BEST FILM EDITING

M (Paul Falkenberg) – WINNER!

– Le Million (uncredited)
– City Lights (Charles Chaplin and Willard Nico)
– Tabu (Arthur A. Brooks)
– Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (William Shea)

BEST ART DIRECTION

À Nous la Liberté (Lazare Meerson) – WINNER!

– Frankenstein (Charles D. Hall, Herman Rosse)
– Dracula (Charles D. Hall, Herman Rosse, John Hoffman)
– Le Million (Lazare Meerson)
– Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Hans Dreier)
– City Lights (Charles D. Hall)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Smiling Lieutenant (uncredited) – WINNER!

– Dracula (Ed Ware, Vera West)
– Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Travis Banton)
– Cimarron (Max Rée)
– Frankenstein (uncredited)
– Mata Hari (Adrian)
– Night Nurse (Earl Luick)

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

Frankenstein – WINNER!

– Dirigible
– Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
– Dracula

BEST SHORT FILM

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Bimbo’s Initiation – WINNER!

– Beau Hunks
– Blue Rhythms
– The Busy Beavers
– Mickey Steps Out

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Jack P. Pierce for the makeup design of Frankenstein – WINNER!

Fixing the Oscars – 1931

July 22, 2008

Best Picture: Non-English

WINNER: M

– Le Million
– Marius
– A Nous la Liberte
– The Threepenny Opera
– The Lady and the Beard

Best Picture: English

WINNER: City Lights

– The Public Enemy
– Monkey Business
– Frankenstein
– Tabu

Best Actor in a Leading Role

WINNER: Peter Lorre (M)

– Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar)
– James Cagney (The Public Enemy)
– Charles Chaplin (City Lights)
– Rene Lefevre (Le Million)
– Bela Lugosi (Dracula)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

WINNER: Dorothea Wieck (Madchen in Uniform)

– Virginia Cherrill (City Lights)
– Greta Garbo (Mata Hari)
– Annabella (Le Million)
– Sylvia Sidney (Street Scene)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

WINNER: Raimu (Marius)

– Dwight Frye (Dracula)
– Boris Karloff (Frankenstein)
– Ramon Novarro (Mata Hari)
– Henri Marchand (A Nous la Liberte)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

WINNER: Miriam Hopkins (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)

– Aline MacMahon (Five Star Final)
– Lotte Lenya (The Threepenny Opera)
– Thelma Todd (Monkey Business)
– Beulah Bondi (Street Scene)

Best Director

WINNER: Fritz Lang (M)

– Rene Clair (Le Million)
– Charles Chaplin (City Lights)
– F. W. Murnau (Tabu)
– Rouben Mamoulian (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
– James Whale (Frankenstein)
– William Wellman (The Public Enemy)
– Rene Clair (A Nous la Liberte)

Best Cinematography

WINNER: Fritz Arno Wagner (M)

– Floyd Crosby (Tabu) (original winner)
– Karl Struss (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) (original nominee)
– Karl Freund (Dracula)
– Georges Perinal, Geroges Raulet (Le Million)

Best Adapted Screenplay

WINNER: Thea von Harbou & Fritz Lang, from newspaper and magazine articles by Egon Jacobson and others (M)

– René Clair, from a play by Georges Berr & Marcel Guillemaud (Le Million)
– Harvey Thew, from the story “Beer and Blood” by John Bright & Kubec Glasmon (The Public Enemy)
– Marius (Marcel Pagnol, from the writer’s play) (Marius)
– Samuel Hoffenstein & Percy Heath, from the novel by Robert L. Stevenson (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)

Best Original Screenplay

WINNER: City Lights Charles Chaplin (City Lights)

– René Clair (A Nous la Liberte)
– Frances Marion, Leonard Praskins & Wanda Tuchock (The Champ)
– S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone & Arthur Sheekman (Monkey Business)

Notable Achievements In Film Music

WINNER: Charlie Chaplin & Jose Padilla (City Lights)

– Georges Auric (A Nous La Liberte)
– Armand Bernard, Philippe Pares, Georges Van Parys (Le Million)
– Clifford Grey, Oscar Straus (The Smiling Lieutenant)
– Alfred Newman (Street Scene)

Best Film Editing

WINNER: Paul Falkenberg (M)

– Charles Chaplin and Willard Nico (City Lights)
– William Shea (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
– Arthur A. Brooks (Tabu)
– uncredited (Le Million)

Best Art Direction

WINNER: Lazare Meerson (A Nous la Liberte)

– Charles D. Hall, Herman Rosse (Frankenstein)
– Charles D. Hall, Herman Rosse, John Hoffman (Dracula)
– Lazare Meerson (Le Million)
– Hans Dreier (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
– Charles D. Hall (City Lights)

Best Costume Design

WINNER: Travis Banton (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)

– Ed Ware, Vera West (Dracula)
– uncredited (Frankenstein)
– uncredited (The Smiling Lieutenant)
– Adrian (Mata Hari)

Best Short

WINNER (tie): Bimbo’s Initiation
WINNER (tie): Mickey Steps Out

– Blue Rhythm (tied for second)
– The Busy Beavers (tied for second)