September 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm #113456
Why wasn’t Singin’ in the Rain nominated for picture, director, actor and actress in addition to its supporting actress for Jean Hagen. And most importantly…
WHY DIDN’T DONALD O’CONNOR WIN BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR?
He had THE number that currently defines showstopping numbers.September 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm #113458
The film opened early in 1952, right around the time another MGM musical won Best Picture (An American in Paris), which at the time totally eclipsed it in acclaim and popular response.
Because SitR consisted entirely of songs from a previous era, it was relegated to a lesser level of importance.
The Academy tended not to overly respond to Hollywood based films. And MGM had a second one which was a prime contender for them – The Bad and the Beautiful (which holds the record for most Oscars won by a film that didn’t get nominated for BP).
Donald O’Connor was a Universal contract player borrowed for SitR. At this time, studios tended to push their own contractees rather than those from other studios when in their films.September 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm #113459
Also note that though the musicals seemed to do well at the Oscars later, during the Golden Age of Musicals, before the genre was ruined by blockbuster Broadway adaptations like The King and I, South Pacific, West Side Story and The Sound of Music and others, the great ones were mostly ignored by the Academy. Besides Singing in the Rain, other great musicals not nominated include Meet Me in St Louis, The Pirate, On the Town, It’s Always Fair Weather did not get BP noms, so SitR is hardly a rare case.September 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm #113460
It only achieved classic status years later. Frame by frame, it’s the best musical ever made to date. And Donen, Hagen and O Donnor were robbedSeptember 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm #113461
That was a crazy-making year. I like the John Ford win for The Quiet Man, and yet the film which wins BP is one of my least favorite films in the history of Oscary films. Lol.
I would have far far preferred a win for Singin’. It’s so much better than what won.
Go figure. I mean, how old was Harvey then? Wasnt he just being born?September 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm #113462
I would have preferred Quiet Man to win, but the saving grace of the decent, solid, entertaining Greatest Show on Earth winning (it’s a fine movie, just because it is about a circus doesn’t undermine its other virtures for me, and I respect the views of those who find circuses abhorant) was that it stopped the vastly overrated anti-western High Noon from winning.September 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm #113463
—can’t we thank High Noon for Rio Bravo (or is that giving the former, which I haven’t seen since a midnight broadcast – in Missouri – back when I was 9, too much credit)?September 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm #113464
Howard Hawks made Rio Bravo, which may be as great as any movie ever made in this country, out of his revulsion for High Noon, so yes, it can be credited for that.