September 15, 2014

Cheers to 1927-1939!

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Bette, Freddie, Lionel, and Garbo drink in my honor!
I made my very first venture into the Oscar-blogging business in June of 2010, and I didn't know what the hell I was doing. I’d go from writing about Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt to Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive to Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca…in short: my blog was a mess, I was a mess, it was all just a big fat incoherent directionless mess. So one day I decided to get my shit together and figure things out once and for all.

I knew I didn’t want to choose certain years to cover because I’d likely pick the best ones first and then be stuck with a bunch of dud years after. I knew I didn’t want to leave it up to chance and draw years because I didn't like the thought of hoping for one year and drawing one I didn’t want. So I figured the best and fairest way would be to do it all chronologically. Further logic to support this idea was that a) I hated silent movies/early talkies and wanted to get them out of the way first and b) most of the 1930’s films at the time were super tough to find…so I concluded that if I could stick it out and make it through Oscar's first twelve years then I could make it through anything! </cheese>

So yeah, it initially sucked and I hated it. But somewhere along the way I actually grew to love reviewing these performances in the yearly order in which they were nominated. I liked being exposed to lesser-known supporting performers like Lewis Stone, Mischa Auer, Una Merkel, etc., who'd pop up frequently (twas the Studio System after all) and I found myself growing attached to all familiar faces in a way. You also get to see the gradual progress of actors as the years go by...you watch them hone their craft and develop from picture to picture and year to year. It's sort of like you're experiencing the movies and the timelines of these artists in real time. I've grown quite fond of this period and it's a little bittersweet to say goodbye. 

But at the same time I’m so excited to be over and done with this era of Oscar history. And I'm still standing! All the struggling to secure films and all those hours of godawful early talkies are now just unfortunate memories. Four years, three blogs, and four blog titles later, I've finally made it through the dark ages (1927-1939)!

I have much gratitude for those who've helped meeither intentionally or inadvertentlyalong the way: Alex of Alex in Movieland for White Banners, GM for The Patent Leather Kid and The Green Goddess, and Calum Reed for his YouTube channel which single-handedly helped me to get past the third (and damnedest) year of the Academy Awards, ...Thank you! And thank you to anyone who reads and contributes on this little blog of mine. It definitely eases the journey knowing there are others out there who will read your ramblings.


UP NEXT: Reflecting back on Oscar's dark age.

4 comments:

  1. I know almost nothing about the male performances from that era, so I'm very grateful that you "sacrificed" time for all of us to see and post about them. Even if I don't remember all of their names, I know I can come here to check them out anytime I want, to get a general idea on what was happening. :)

    And also thanks for keeping the design simple & classy. Your blog looks so damn good (I mean it), so it's a pleasure navigating from one article to the other.

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  2. Congrats on making it through those first 13 years, it couldn't have been easy! I'm glad you found an appreciation for them, since I've reached the point where I'm more excited to talk about older years as opposed to current ones (I spent the summer backlogged on 2008 before postponing it for later).

    I also have to admire your ability to keep a good pace, considering I can't even keep up with commenting much less writing on my own little blog.

    I'm very excited for the 40's or whatever other direction you plan on going! :)

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    1. Thank you thank you :)

      That's funny you think that, because at this point I'd love to talk about some newer performances...but I'm always happy to read your thoughts on anything I yap about on here!

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