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Awards Don't Matter

Awards Don't Matter

By Andrew Peirce & David Giannini
The Academy Awards are the pinnacle of success for filmmakers all over the globe. Each year, a film is voted by a peer group to be the 'Best Picture' of that year. On Awards Don't Matter, hosts David and Andrew look at each winner, from Wings to Parasite, asking the question, does this film matter? Is it important and worthy of the illustrious claim of being the 'Best Picture' of that year?

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1944 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: Going My Way (Leo McCarey)

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1945 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock) - Awards Don't Matter
Subscribe via: RSS Feed // Spotify // Apple Podcasts // Google Podcasts // Pocket Casts For some reason, the last Alfred Hitchcock film to be nominated for Best Picture is his 1945 psychological thriller, Spellbound. Featuring an early performance from Gregory Peck, and another lead performance from Ingrid Bergman, Spellbound was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and winning the Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Oscar for Miklós Rózsa. While co-hosts Dave and Andrew could have gone the easy route by discussing Mildred Pierce, a much more worthy Best Picture nominee (and deserving winner too), they instead digest how psychology is presented by Hitchcock, how to present a good amnesia film, while also being surprised by the fun of the film. Spoilers abound for The Yearling too. Clips presented in this episode: Spellbound trailer // Liverwurst scene // Therapy Scene Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
35:03
October 19, 2021
1945 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: The Lost Weekend (dir. Billy Wilder)
The Lost Weekend is Billy Wilder's first Best Picture winning film, and first time winning Best Director as well. For a director that many may know as a comedy-focused great, this journey into the darkness of alcohol addiction is bleak, powerful, and ultimately a very sobering affair. With a searing Best Actor award winning performance from Ray Milland, and a comforting supporting turn from the ever-reliable Jane Wyman, The Lost Weekend stands as a Best Picture winner that has fallen out of conversation but deserves reappraisal. On Awards Don't Matter, co-hosts Dave and Andrew discuss this noir-tinged drama at length, touching on some very sensitive and possibly triggering subjects. Ultimately, this leads them to the enduring question: does The Lost Weekend still matter? Clips in this episode: The Lost Weekend trailer // Benefits of Drinking clip Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
01:46:60
October 5, 2021
1944 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Gaslight (George Cukor) – Awards Don’t Matter
Subscribe via: RSS Feed // Spotify // Apple Podcasts // Google Podcasts // Pocket Casts Trigger Warning: This episode discusses instances of abuse, manipulation, and gaslighting. We arrive at one of the films that Andrew was anticipating the most when coming to discussion Best Picture winners and nominees: George Cukor's thriller Gaslight. Starring Ingrid Bergman in one of her Oscar winning roles, alongside Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and Oscar nominee Angela Lansbury, this thriller is a film that coined a phrase that has become synonymous with a horrifying act of bruality that people enact on one another. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew discuss the intensity of this  powerful, enduring classic, while also discussing the morality of Joseph Cotten's heroic character, exploring the 'one perfect shot' aspect of the film, and theorising what kind of impact Gaslight might have had on the film industry if it won Best Picture. And then they wrap up deciding how to pronounce Dune. Clips featured in this episode: A Wife's Revenge Scene // Gaslight trailer // Bloodthirsty Bessie Scene // You Think I'm Insane Scene Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
56:38
September 27, 2021
1944 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: Going My Way (Leo McCarey)
As World War Two wraps up, we ease out of one of the worst events of modern humankind with one of the most charming and inconsequential Best Picture winners yet, Leo McCarey's Going My Way. Bing Crosby won Best Actor, and dual nominee for the same role, Barry Fitzgerald won Best Supporting Actor, both playing priests keeping their church and its constiuents alive. Dave and Andrew navigate religion, priests, music, and charm in this discussion that tries to pat this nice little film on the shoulder for trying. Thankfully, this isn't the musical Cats, nor is it another Best Picture winner, Spotlight. Clips featured in this episode: Going My Way trailer // Right Field Pitcher // They Let it Happen from Spotlight Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
38:52
September 23, 2021
1943 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman) - Awards Don't Matter
While the 16th Best Picture winner - Casablanca - stands proudly as a bonafide classic, it isn't the only nominee of that year that stands the test of time as a genuine masterpiece. That honour also falls on William A. Wellman's undervalued social drama, The Ox-Bow Incident. At a tight 75 minutes long, The Ox-Bow Incident manages to deliver a stunning thriller that leaves the three hour bloated epics in its wake. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew delve into the power of masculinity, the cruelty of mob justice, and more in this deep discussion here. Read Dave's review of The Ox-Bow Incident at Insession Film here. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
56:16
September 7, 2021
1943 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz) - Awards Don't Matter
Every so often the Academy Awards get it right, and for the 16th Best Picture winner they chose one of the greatest films ever made: Michael Curtiz's Casablanca. Featuring outstanding performances from Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Raines, and more, this film is film that has had more words written about it than many others. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew dig in deep with Casablanca, seeking to turn over new dirt on an old classic. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
58:03
August 24, 2021
1942 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz) - Awards Don't Matter
James Cagney danced and sung his way to a Best Actor Oscar for Michael Curtiz's Best Picture nominated film, Yankee Doodle Dandy. In this episode of Awards Don't Matter, both Andrew and Dave are genuinely surprised by the love they have for a film that has all of the faults of other films that were nominated in 1942, and that they've covered in the past. We also ask, will Lin Manuel Miranda get a film like this in the future, and at what point is patriotism too much? Dig on in. Listen to Dave discuss In the Heights on his other podcast, Off Screen Death. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
43:04
August 10, 2021
1942 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: Mrs Miniver (William Wyler) - Awards Don't Matter
As we arrive at the 15th Best Picture winner, Mrs Miniver, we find ourselves in the depths of the cinematic output during World War Two. As such, the Academy Award winners during the era reflected an optimism or jingoism that was needed to drive people to support the war effort. William Wyler's film is one such winner, with Greer Garson taking the lead and winning the Best Actress award. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew skirt around discussing Mrs Miniver as they seek to find the entry point for this enduring classic, while discussing the optimistic array of the 1942 Best Picture nominees, while also comparing the new normal of wartime and the new normal of our current pandemic era. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
41:50
July 27, 2021
1941 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock) - Awards Don't Matter
We once again return to the world of Alfred Hitchcock's with the third of his Best Picture nominated films, Suspicion. Joan Fontaine won Best Actress for her performance as Lina, a young woman who falls for a suave and confident man named Johnnie, played with ultimate-comfort by Cary Grant. Dave defends his favourite Hitchcock, delving into the complexity of the narrative, the uncertainty of the ending, and the eroticism of wanting Cary Grant to 'step on your neck'. Dig on in to this episode of Awards Don't Matter and find out why this one matters. Oh, and everything you need to know about the AFL. Clips featured in this episode: Dinner Scene // Milk Scene // Joan Fontaine Talking About  Her Oscar Win Watch the original theatrical trailer below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23gdJ0J6TY8 Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
53:09
July 14, 2021
1941 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: How Green Was My Valley (John Ford) - Awards Don't Matter
We arrive at maybe the most notorious and contentious Best Picture winners... ever? John Ford's How Green Was My Valley which triumphed over the 'Best Film Ever', Orson Welles Citizen Kane. In a possibly strident, and yet no less passionate, defense of How Green Was My Valley, co-hosts Dave and Andrew discuss John Ford's enduring classic, encouraging modern viewers to embrace this film without the shackles of its Oscar glory. Somehow we even wrap in a comparison to Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. Listen to Dave's Top 25 Films of All Time list on Talk Film Society here. Oh, and also make sure to watch The Little Foxes too. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
01:00:34
July 7, 2021
1940 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin) - Awards Don't Matter
Charlie Chaplin is best known for his silent films, but quick in the minds of film lovers would be his iconic speech that concludes his Best Picture nominated film, The Great Dictator. Co-hosts of Awards Don't Matter sift through this powerful satire and assess how difficult it is to craft biting comedy that shakes its fists at the powerful. Find out in this episode whether Chaplin's maniacal dictator film still matters or not in this episode. Featured in this episode is a clip of Daniel Taradash presenting Charlie Chaplin his honorary Oscar at the 1972 44th Academy Awards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Pl-qvA1X8&ab_channel=Oscars Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
49:29
June 28, 2021
1940 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock) - Awards Don't Matter
The great Alfred Hitchcock never won a Best Director Oscar, and only received the prestige of winning Best Picture once in his career. Join co-hosts Dave and Andrew as they return to Manderlay and revisit the gothic romance that is Rebecca. Featuring stellar performances from Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier, this is a mystery you'll want to dive into. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
47:26
June 22, 2021
2020 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: Nomadland (Chloé Zhao)
We take momentary leave from the 1930's and 1940's to move to the modern day, and look at the most recent Best Picture winner, the 93rd in fact: Chloé Zhao's Nomadland. Winning three awards, including Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Director for Chloé Zhao, Nomadland follows Fern (McDormand) as she navigates her nomad life in modern America, through the rising gig economy and the pressing reality of a world that pushes against an ageing workforce. In this episode, co-hosts Andrew and Dave are joined by Off Screen Death co-host, Michael Denniston, to discuss whether Nomadland matters, addressing its complexities and thematic threads. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
40:03
June 14, 2021
1939 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch) – Awards Don’t Matter
The deserving Best Picture winner of 1939, Ernst Lubitsch's masterful Ninotchka, gets a deep dive discussion in this episode as co-hosts Dave and Andrew swoon over Greta Garbo, laugh over her immaculate comedic timing, and fawn over the hilarious script co-written by the one and only Billy Wilder. Dig into this Russian/France rom-com and discover your new relationship litmus film. Please, go and watch this delightful film right now. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e3MSf6ISLk&t=1162s
55:12
May 17, 2021
1939 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming) - Awards Don't Matter
A long epic Best Picture winner deserves a long epic discussion. It's Gone With the Wind time as Dave and Andrew tackle Victor Fleming's (and George Cukor and Sam Wood) 1939 'classic', tackling the themes of racism, love, Vivien Leigh's performance, and Clark Gable's attractiveness. It's a long, complex discussion, embracing film history, and the value of reflection. Dig on in. Read Angelica Jade Bastién's piece on Gone With the Wind on Vulture here. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod https://anchor.fm/s/4ab9ae70/podcast/rss
01:22:14
May 3, 2021
1938 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Grand Illusion [La Grande Illusion] (Jean Renoir) - Awards Don't Matter
'This is why I'm obsessed with movies' - Dave We reach a monumental moment in the history of the Academy Awards: the first film not in the English language to be nominated for Best Picture. This is Jean Renoir's masterpiece, Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion). Nominated solely for Best Picture, this masterful film encompasses the war movement in 1914, following captive French soldiers and their engagement with enemy forces. Find out why this one in particular matters more than most. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod Read Roger Ebert's piece in Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion) here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BT5DX07x94&t=29s
01:00:14
April 19, 2021
1938 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: You Can't Take it With You (Frank Capra)
We return to the world of Frank Capra with his second Best Picture winner, You Can't Take it With You. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew dig into this charming film, and as they do they uncover a Hollywood that wilfully steals from its own past to weave new stories. Full of delight and whimsy, this Best Picture winner features Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart and Edward Arnold. At the end, Dave and Andrew are forced to ask... while You Can't Take it With You, does that matter? Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod Send us an email at: contact@thecurb.com.au Listen to the Sex & Lucia theme here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVDb8fZqsdM
37:47
April 12, 2021
1937 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: A Star is Born (William A. Wellman) - Awards Don't Matter
The first version of A Star is Born features the first ever Best Actress winner, Janet Gaynor, and Frederic March, and is directed by William A. Wellman, who collectively tell the tale of an actress on the rise, and an actor on his way down. It is a celebration of the rise and fall of greatness. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew leap into this slightly problematic tale, questioning its importance nowadays, and going further and asking whether this narrative still matters. Please be warned that this particular episode features discusses about mental illness, alcoholism, and suicide. Listen to Talk Film Society's Queer and Now podcast here and follow them on Twitter here. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don't Matter - @AwardsDontPod Watch the explanatory trailer for A Star is Born here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=culU4EUXww8
39:53
April 5, 2021
1937 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: The Life of Emile Zola (William Dieterle) - Awards Don't Matter
Truth becomes fiction in William Dieterle's biopic of the famed French author, Emile Zola, in the 10th Best Picture winner, the creatively titled The Life of Emile Zola. With a narrative that embraces the heights of the Dreyfus Affair, while also taking in the divide between the impoverished and the wealthy, at the same time it critiques the military. In this episode of Awards Don't Matter, co-hosts Dave and Andrew discuss and divide the film, ultimately coming to the conclusion whether it's the narrative of The Life of Emile Zola that matters, or if the film itself does. Dig on in and find out. Make sure to check out Dave's new podcast, Off Screen Death with co-host Michael Denniston. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don't Matter - @AwardsDontPod
46:28
March 29, 2021
1936 Academy Award Best Picture Winner The Great Ziegfeld (Robert Z. Leonard) - Awards Don't Matter
Welcome to the episode where Dave says the fateful line, 'I outright refuse to ever watch (this) again'. Yep, it's Robert Z. Leonard's Best Picture winner, The Great Ziegfeld, where the charismatic William Powell misplaces his charm in a bloated epic as follies producer Florenz "Flo" Ziegfeld Jr., paired with the Best Actress winner Luise Rainer, and an extended cameo by Myrna Loy. This is a rather swear-laden episode as co-hosts Dave and Andrew vent their frustrations about this long film. Make sure to check out Dave's new podcast, Off Screen Death with co-host Michael Denniston. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave Awards Don't Matter - @AwardsDontPod https://anchor.fm/awards-dont-matter/episodes/1932-1933-Best-Picture-Nominee---42nd-Street-Lloyd-Bacon---Awards-Dont-Matter-epqidh
32:46
March 22, 2021
1935 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee Top Hat (Mark Sandrich) - Awards Don't Matter
Help keep The Curb independent by joining our Patreon. Gosh, after that rather well executed sojourn into darkness with Mutiny on the Bounty, it feels appropriate to give ourselves a break as we approach the classic romantic musical Top Hat. Nominated for Best Picture, and walking away with no Oscars at all, Mark Sandrich's enduring dance film has weathered time and stands up as one of the most joyous films ever. For Andrew, this is a repeat viewing, but for co-host Dave, this is a first watch. As such, we're left wondering... does Top Hat still matter? The two discuss that question, and explore why the Academy is so afraid of rewarding comedy and joy at the ceremonies. Make sure to check out Dave's new podcast, Off Screen Death with co-host Michael Denniston. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave https://anchor.fm/awards-dont-matter/episodes/1932-1933-Best-Picture-Nominee---42nd-Street-Lloyd-Bacon---Awards-Dont-Matter-epqidh
37:05
March 15, 2021
1935 Academy Award Best Picture Winner Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd) - Awards Don't Matter
Help keep The Curb independent by joining our Patreon. We head to sea with the 8th Best Picture winner, Frank Lloyd's colonial drama, Mutiny on the Bounty. Featuring lead performances from Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, this adaptation of Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall's book tells the true story* of the HMS Bounty and its occupants as they travail across the oceans to Tahiti in search of some plants. Co-hosts Dave and Andrew talk about the social relevance of this drama, while also reflecting on the timeless qualities of this tale, ultimately leading to the eternal question of the podcast: does Mutiny on the Bounty still matter? *with some highly fictionalised aspects. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave
44:35
March 8, 2021
1934 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee The Thin Man (W. S. Van Dyke) - Awards Don't Matter
Support The Curb on Patreon The utterly delightful and charming first entry in the six (6!) long film series, The Thin Man, was nominated for Best Picture in 1934, losing out to It Happened One Night. In this episode of Awards Don't Matter, hosts Dave and Andrew discuss the charm of this mystery film, the impact it had on films going forward, the difficulty in discussing light hearted fare, and the need for joy in moments of darkness. Dig on in. Watch the trailer for The Thin Man here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqpO6mx8WCE And check out this montage of the 'alcohol moments' from the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1tnbPBCtnI Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave https://anchor.fm/awards-dont-matter/episodes/1932-1933-Best-Picture-Nominee---42nd-Street-Lloyd-Bacon---Awards-Dont-Matter-epqidh
41:39
March 1, 2021
1934 Academy Award Best Picture Winner It Happened One Night (Frank Capra) - Awards Don't Matter
     Powered by      JustWatch  Help keep The Curb independent by joining our Patreon. We reach one of the greatest, grandest, and most celebrated Best Picture winners of all time: Frank Capra's It Happened One Night. This charming, delightful romantic comedy that helped spawn a genre, and cemented the romance of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as one of the most entertaining on screen romances ever. It won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, and yet... as we always have to do... we are left asking, does It Happened One Night matter? Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave https://anchor.fm/awards-dont-matter/episodes/1932-1933-Best-Picture-Nominee---42nd-Street-Lloyd-Bacon---Awards-Dont-Matter-epqidh
50:51
February 27, 2021
1932-1933 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee - 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon) - Awards Don't Matter
     Powered by      JustWatch  Help keep The Curb independent by joining our Patreon. After the debacle that was Cavalcade, we take a dig into one of the films it triumphed over: Lloyd Bacon's enduring classic 42nd Street. Digging into the reason why films like this endure, hosts Andrew and Dave lament about the need for positive films in times of darkness. Subscribe via RSS Feed, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave https://anchor.fm/awards-dont-matter
44:02
February 2, 2021
1932-1933 Academy Award Best Picture Winner Cavalcade (Frank Lloyd) - Awards Don't Matter
On this episode of Awards Don't Matter, intrepid hosts Andrew and Dave venture into the sixth Best Picture winner, Frank Lloyd's multi-award winning film, Cavalcade. Focusing on the history of England in the 1900's, this broadly spanning film follows two families through the era. If you must watch Cavalcade, it's available to view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtg7dFeu-20 Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave https://anchor.fm/awards-dont-matter
49:31
February 2, 2021
1931-1932 Academy Award Best Picture Winner - Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding)
Help keep The Curb independent by joining our Patreon. Powered by JustWatch As expected, going through the Best Picture winner history, we were bound to find a forgotten classic, neglected by time and popular culture, and worthwhile celebrating. Well, here we are with Edmund Goulding's Best Picture winner, Grand Hotel. Featuring stellar performances from an all star cast, with Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt, and more, Grand Hotel was nominated for one single Oscar - Best Picture - and triumphed in its sole category. Hosts Andrew and Dave discuss the tragedy of its sole nomination, and the value of a talkie like this. Dig on in. Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU David Giannini – @Darnthatdave
55:03
February 2, 2021
1930-1931 Academy Award Best Picture Winner - Cimarron (Wesley Ruggles) - Awards Dont Matter
From the peaks of All Quiet on the Western Front to the possible valley of Wesley Ruggles Best Picture winner, Cimarron. As the Academy Awards first major epic film to win the big prize, this outwardly racist and categorically theatrical film covers the decades after the historic Oklahoma land rush in the late 1800's, following the Cravat family. In this episode, hosts Andrew and Dave have their first disagreement about the value of this Best Picture winner. Andrew stumbles in his defence of a film that is possibly indefensible, while Dave stands steadfast in the evisceration of this Western film. Clips used in this episode are pulled from Cimarron, copyright owned by Fox Pictures. The music at the end is from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, copyright owned by Sony ATV Publishing. Subscribe to the show via the links here: Show Page // Apple Podcasts // RSS Feed // Spotify // Deezer Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce - @TheCurbAU David Giannini - @DaveAGiannini
44:35
July 14, 2020
Cimarron Teaser Episode - Awards Don't Matter
Join hosts David and Andrew on July 15th as they discuss 1931/1932 Best Picture winner, Cimarron. Join along with the discussion as a new episode drops each month by following the discussion on social media on Twitter at @AwardsDontPod and Facebook at Awards Don't Matter. And shoot through any questions or thoughts to AwardsDontMatterPod@gmail.com. Subscribe to the show via the links here: Show Page Apple Podcasts RSS Feed Spotify Deezer Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce - @TheCurbAU David Giannini - @DaveAGiannini
06:08
June 30, 2020
1929-1930 Academy Award Best Picture Winner - All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone) - Awards Dont Matter
From the valley of The Broadway Melody, Andrew and Dave reach a peak with the exceptional All Quiet on the Western Front, a masterful anti-war epic that looks at World War One through the perspective of German soldiers. Directed by Lewis Milestone, this powerful film has been banned in many countries around the world, from Germany to Australia, and leaves a searing mark on anyone who watches it. In this discussion, Andrew and Dave explore their relationships to war, alongside the importance of telling this kind of narrative on film. Eventually, the two hosts ask the important question: Does the Best Picture winner All Quiet on the Western Front matter anymore? Clips used in this episode are all pulled from All Quiet on the Western Front, copyright owned by Universal Pictures. Subscribe to the show via the links here: Show Page // Apple Podcasts // RSS Feed // Spotify // Deezer Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce - @TheCurbAU David Giannini - @DaveAGiannini
01:04:01
June 14, 2020
All Quiet on the Western Front Teaser Episode - Awards Dont Matter
Join hosts David and Andrew on June 15th as they discuss 1929/1930's Best Picture winner, All Quiet on the Western Front. Join along with the discussion as a new episode drops each month by following the discussion on social media on Twitter at @AwardsDontPod and Facebook at Awards Don't Matter. And shoot through any questions or thoughts to AwardsDontMatterPod@gmail.com. Subscribe to the show via the links here: Show Page Apple Podcasts RSS Feed Spotify Deezer Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce - @TheCurbAU David Giannini - @DaveAGiannini
05:20
May 31, 2020
1928-1929 Academy Award Best Picture Winner - The Broadway Melody (Harry Beaumont) - Awards Don't Matter
Ah, after a stellar start, David and Andrew encounter the first bonafide dud Best Picture winner: Harry Beaumont's musical The Broadway Melody. This pioneering musical film should be the benchmark for genre to go forth with, but as David and Andrew discover, that's not the case! Dig on in and find out more about this Oscar winner. Join along with the discussion as a new episode drops each month by following the discussion on social media on Twitter at @AwardsDontPod and Facebook at Awards Don't Matter. And shoot through any questions or thoughts to AwardsDontMatterPod@gmail.com. Clips in this episode: Clips from The Broadway Melody Van and Schenck - Stay Out of the South Also, if you need a much, much better 'Melody' movie to watch, then check out The Dogwash Melody. Subscribe to the show via the links here: Show Page // Apple Podcasts // RSS Feed // Spotify // Deezer Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce - @TheCurbAU David Giannini - @DaveAGiannini
54:53
May 14, 2020
2nd Best Picture Winner: The Broadway Melody Episode Teaser
Join hosts David and Andrew on May 15th as they discuss 1928/1929's Best Picture winner, The Broadway Melody. Join along with the discussion as a new episode drops each month by following the discussion on social media on Twitter at @AwardsDontPod and Facebook at Awards Don't Matter. And shoot through any questions or thoughts to AwardsDontMatterPod@gmail.com. Subscribe to the show via the links here: Show Page Apple Podcasts RSS Feed Spotify Deezer Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce - @TheCurbAU David Giannini - @DaveAGiannini
05:11
April 30, 2020
1927-1928 Academy Award Best Picture Winners - Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau) and Wings (William A. Wellman)
Welcome to the first discussion episode of Awards Don't Matter! Hosts David and Andrew discuss the first two Best Picture winners, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans and Wings. Two? Yep! The first Academy Awards had some quirks with the F.W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans winning the only instance of the Best Unique and Artistic Picture, while William A. Wellman's Wings won the first iteration of the Best Picture Oscar, then known as Outstanding Picture. David and Andrew take a look at both films, while ultimately asking the question... do these films matter any more? Join them on the 15th of May for the next episode taking a look at the second Best Picture winner, The Broadway Melody. Join along with the discussion as a new episode drops each month by following the discussion on social media on Twitter at @AwardsDontPod and Facebook at Awards Don't Matter. And shoot through any questions or thoughts to AwardsDontMatterPod@gmail.com. Clips in this episode: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans Wings - same gender kiss Wings - tracking shot Subscribe to the show via the links here: Show Page Apple Podcasts RSS Feed Spotify Deezer Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce - @TheCurbAU David Giannini - @DaveAGiannini
01:19:45
April 14, 2020
Awards Don't Matter Introduction Episode
Welcome to Awards Don't Matter! Follow along with hosts Andrew F Peirce and David Giannini as they travel through the history of the Academy Awards by looking at each of the Best Picture winners and discussing their importance in film history. Each episode has Andrew and David asking the question, does this film matter?, all the while exploring why each film won the illustrious and highly coveted award of Best Picture. The first episode will arrive on April 15th with a discussion on F.W. Murnau's silent film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans and William A. Wellman's war epic Wings. Join along with the discussion as a new episode drops each month by following the discussion on social media on Twitter at @AwardsDontPod and Facebook at Awards Don't Matter. And shoot through any questions or thoughts to AwardsDontMatterPod@gmail.com. Subscribe to the show via the links here: Show Page RSS Feed Spotify Deezer Follow the hosts on social media at the links below: Andrew F Peirce - @TheCurbAU David Giannini - @DaveAGiannini Clips used in this episode: Billy Crystal Oscars Opening Monologue 1998 James Cameron wins Best Director Quentin Tarantino Interview Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans End Music
36:37
April 7, 2020