Friday, September 25, 2015

Gone with the Wind (1939)

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #35 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Gone with the Wind (1939)

1939 was a great year for movies apparently.  And Gone with the Wind is up there on the list of my all time favourite movies.  



I have absolutely no idea how often I have watched this story of a spoiled rich Southern belle who comes of age during the Civil War and the Reconstruction that follows . . . finding everything, losing everything and becoming a strong women who conquers those difficult times.

The cinematography of this movie is astonishing and beautiful and awesome.



Academy Awards, USA 1940

Won
Honorary Award
William Cameron Menzies
For outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the ... More
Won
Oscar
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Vivien Leigh 
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Hattie McDaniel
Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to be nominated for and win an Oscar.
Best Director
Victor Fleming 
Best Writing, Screenplay
Sidney Howard
Posthumously. Sidney Howard became the first posthumous Oscar nominee and winner.
Best Cinematography, Color
Ernest Haller
Ray Rennahan 
Best Art Direction
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Best Film Editing
Hal C. Kern
James E. Newcom 
Best Picture
Selznick International Pictures
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
David O. Selznick was the founder and owner of Selznick International Pictures, and therefore won ... More
Won
Technical Achievement Award
R.D. Musgrave
For pioneering in the use of coordinated equipment in the production Gone with the Wind.
Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Clark Gable 
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Olivia de Havilland 
Best Sound, Recording
Thomas T. Moulton (Samuel Goldwyn SSD) 
Best Effects, Special Effects
Jack Cosgrove (photographic)
Fred Albin (sound)
Arthur Johns (sound) 
Best Music, Original Score
Max Steiner