Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Recap Of The Katie Award Winners For 1932-33 And The Year's Must-See And Recommended Movies

Okay, so we're done with the award year 1932-33. It was the longest "year" in Oscar history, covering the seventeen months running from August 1, 1932 to the end of 1933. Starting with 1934, the Academy and I will both be handing out awards for a single calendar year.

But we'll get to that later.

In the meantime, in case you've forgotten, these are the winners of the Katie-Bar-The-Door Awards for 1932-33:

Picture (Drama): King Kong (prod. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack)
Picture (Comedy/Musical): Duck Soup (prod. Herman J. Mankiewicz)
Picture (Foreign Language): Zero For Conduct (prod. Jean Vigo)
Actor (Drama): Paul Muni (I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang)
Actor (Comedy/Musical): The Marx Brothers (Horse Feathers and Duck Soup)
Actress (Drama): Greta Garbo (Queen Christina)
Actress (Comedy/Musical): Jean Harlow (Red Dust, Dinner At Eight and Bombshell)
Director (Drama): James Whale (The Old Dark House and The Invisible Man)
Director (Comedy/Musical): Ernst Lubitsch (Trouble In Paradise and Design For Living)
Supporting Actor: John Barrymore (Dinner At Eight)
Supporting Actress: Margaret Dumont (Duck Soup)
Screenplay: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin (Duck Soup)
Best Song: "The Gold Diggers Song (We're In The Money)" music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin (Gold Diggers Of 1933)

Special Awards: Busby Berkeley (Career Achievement); Three Little Pigs (prod. Walt Disney) (Short Subject/Animated); Murray Spivak (King Kong) (Sound); Max Steiner (King Kong) (Score); Willis O'Brien, Marcel Delgado and E.B. Gibson (King Kong) (Special Effects); Willis O'Brien, Sydney Saunders and Linwood Dunn (King Kong) (Visual Effects); Carroll Clark and Alfred Herman (King Kong) (Art Direction/Set Decoration); Ted Cheesman (King Kong) (Film Editing); Rudolph Maté (Vampyr) (Cinematography); John Armstrong (The Private Life Of Henry VIII) (Costumes); Jack P. Pierce (The Mummy) (Makeup)

Must-See and Recommended Films: Baby Face; The Bitter Tea Of General Yen; Blonde Venus; Boudu Saved From Drowning; Counsellor At Law; Design For Living; Dinner At Eight; Downstairs; Duck Soup; Fanny; Footlight Parade; 42nd Street; Gold Diggers Of 1933; Horse Feathers; I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang; I'm No Angel; The Invisible Man; Island Of Lost Souls; King Kong; Liebelei; Little Women; Love Me Tonight; The Most Dangerous Game; The Mummy; The Old Dark House; One Way Passage; Peg O' My Heart; The Private Life of Henry VIII; Queen Christina; Red Dust; She Done Him Wrong; Sons Of The Desert; The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse; Three Little Pigs; Trouble In Paradise; Vampyr; Zero For Conduct

Which brings the Early Sound Era to a close. Normally I write a summary about the year's winners, must-see movies, disappointments, etc. But I just spent seven months and eighty thousand words on the topic; I've got nothing left.

Up next: The Silent Oscars.

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