Luise Rainer made Oscar history when she won the first back-to-back Oscars. When Alfred Hitchcock became frantic over his chances to win an Oscar in the early Forties, his wife Alma finally snapped, “for Chrissakes don’t take it so seriously. Just remember, this is the group that gave an Oscar to Luise Rainer. Twice!” I know just what she means — after all, how many Chinese peasants do you know with a German accent and flawless makeup? I do think much of the performance works, but not enough for the Oscar:
At least the Academy got most of the rest of the nominations they should have down, starting with Irene Dunne in her greatest role in The Awful Truth:
Garbo had her greatest dramatic performance in Camille, and was actually the audience favorite this year to win:
Janet Gaynor snuck in a late nomination for the original version of A Star Is Born:
Barbara Stanwyck rounded out the nominees for the supreme weepie tale of maternal sacrifice in Stella Dallas:
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