Who Should Have Won the Best Actor Oscar for 1931-32?

In one of only a handful of ties in Academy Award history, Fredric March and Wallace Beery tied for Best Actor, thus leaving the third nominee, theater legend Alfred Lunt, to sob by himself in the corner…

March won for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Perhaps the only thing rarer than a western or a musical selection is a horror movie. Arguably, perhaps the only other winner would be Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs. March had the advantage of appearing in a literary adaptation, but then, so did Boris Karloff in Frankenstein, based on the Mary Shelley novel.

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I still think this is the best treatment this short novel has ever received.

I also think you’re going to need a lot of kleenex for this next one:

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And leave us not forget the official loser:

Lunt is the one in costume — trying to fool his wife. Why do we husbands keep thinking that’s even possible?

And why do we keep being surprised at what the Academy ignored?

If you’ve never seen Frank Capra’s Platinum Blonde, you’re in for a treat with Jean Harlow and Loretta Young competing for one of the great smartass actors on film, the too-soon-dead Robert Williams:

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Definitely one of Capra’s best early films, and a set of great performances!

But two far-better performances were completely ignored, and I’m not sure which of the two is more upsetting:

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And the other boneheaded omission:

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Overall, the acting has substantially improved over the last two years, as sound acting became more capable — but the decisions by the Academy are anything but sound at time. So here’s your chance to sound off and vote!

Let me hear you!

As always, I have much more to say in my book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPEELH0

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