Sunday, December 23, 2012
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES rightfully won a wheelbarrow full of Oscars, but I think it should have won two more. Most notably Teresa Wright for Best Supporting Actress. I thought she was absolutely stunning in her performance of a young woman tormented with her emotions. Anne Baxter's performance in THE RAZOR'S EDGE (she did win) was good, but not as impressive as Teresa's performance. Also it should have won for Best Cinematography.
Also, Dana Andrews should have won over Harold Russell for Best Supporting Actor. Russell was good and he did get an honorary Oscar for his brave performance, but as far as acting skill goes Dana Andrews turns in one of the best performances of his career in this film. And with as many outstanding performances as he had, that's saying something.
Side note: IMDb lists Joyce Compton as "Hat Check Girl (uncredited)" but I don't see her anywhere.