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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?

Find out each month as they take a tour through film history.

Awards Don't Matter Andrew Peirce & David Giannini

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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?

Find out each month as they take a tour through film history.

    1945 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock) - Awards Don't Matter

    1945 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock) - Awards Don't Matter

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    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

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    Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU
    David Giannini – @Darnthatdave
    Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod

    • 35 min
    1945 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: The Lost Weekend (dir. Billy Wilder)

    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

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    Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU
    David Giannini – @Darnthatdave
    Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod

    • 1 hr 46 min
    1944 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Gaslight (George Cukor) – Awards Don’t Matter

    1944 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Gaslight (George Cukor) – Awards Don’t Matter

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    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

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    Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU
    David Giannini – @Darnthatdave
    Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod

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

    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 min
    1943 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman) - Awards Don't Matter

    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 min
    1943 Academy Award Best Picture Winner: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz) - Awards Don't Matter

    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 min

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