The Sunday Intertitle: Uncle Oscar

 

There was a vague plan to go round to our chum Nicola’s to watch the Oscars. Which could have worked, as the teacher’s strike means I don’t have to be at work Monday morning. But Nicola has moved to palatial new accommodations in Glasgow, and snow is still general over Scotland, and the idea of staying up all night, even in good company, to watch the self-congratulatory meat parade and then traveling back the next morning… too much ugh.

 

Intertitles are from WINGS, which won Best Picture before that category was invented, as most sources would have it. Clearly, Outstanding Picture means Best Picture, and this is why the Best Picture award goes to a film’s producer/s. Image is from SUNRISE, which won Best Unique and Artistic Picture… and the producer picked that one up too. My interp, arrived at this second, is that both those films should be listed as the first Best Pictures.

You can see why they combined the two awards: each winner might feel slighted. “You mean my picture is Unique and Artistic but not Outstanding?” “What, so my picture is Outstanding, but it’s not Unique and Artistic?”

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3 Responses to “The Sunday Intertitle: Uncle Oscar”

  1. Perhaps what was outstanding about Wings was Clara Bow’s breasts.

  2. I guess the Academy wants to forget it gave an award to SUNRISE.

    The Oscars at this point constitute what Barthes would call an empty signifier.

  3. Just looking at the results. No surprises, but it would be impossible to have surprises in this line-up. Get Out winning Original Screenplay merely shows that the Academy considers that award to be not an important one. Replace “best” with “most” and the music, costume and cinematography, editing and sound awards all make sense.

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