Gigi deserved the Oscar that year. It was the piece of crap An American in Paris that never should have won, especially over Streetcar or Place in the Sun.
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Beets? When did I eat beets?
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Nominated that year: Gigi, Auntie Mame, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones, Separate Tables. Out of that pool, Gigi was hands down the most deserving winner. My pick, however, is the un-nominated Vertigo.
Estelle Parsnips for Best Actress!
Gigli was universally panned around the globe and world, including Canada, asshole.
r11 tried to do comedy!!!
I would give it to "I Want to Live!"
Vertigo is OVERRATED!
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What was with the love for boring "Separate Tables"? Seven Oscar nominations and two wins, one for Best Actor David Niven, who won best Actor with only sixteen minutes screen time?
"It was the piece of crap An American in Paris that never should have won, especially over Streetcar or Place in the Sun."
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r19 .....eight to the bar?
[quote]Gigli was universally panned around the globe and world, including Canada, asshole.
Yeah well opened in NY in an actual Broadway theatre, The Royale, now called the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre and not a movie theater for over a year before the rest of the country got to see. People liked it.
Embarrassed for R21.
Gigi is kind of a piece of crap. Several good songs and it looks pretty, but Louis Jourdan drains the energy out of every scene he's in, and it's a blatant attempt at cashing in on the success of My Fair Lady.
Caron is charming and Gingold is fabulous. A little Chevalier goes a long way.
Minnelli could have made a breathtaking My Fair Lady film. Instead he elevated two very meh Lerner scripts.
I agree with r4, Gigi works brilliantly and has survived the test of time as a musical, a comedy and a musical comedy. The cast was superb, the dialogue witty, the pacing exciting, and the songs among the finest written for a screen musical. Caron's performance carries the movie with it's charm and vulnerability and transition from cute soubrette to screen goddess. Only her Hollywood-style dubbing in "Say A Prayer For Me Tonight" doesn't quite work. Chevalier and Jourdan (my God a Hollywood musical set in Paris starring three Parisians!) could not have been better and the supporting women - Gingold, Jeans, even Gabor - were perfection.
Gigi blew its competition out of the water.
An American in Paris, in comparison, is a dully plotted but ersatz-arty dated mushfest - with outstanding choreography and technique at times (it also was Minnelli, after all - all that as Gene Kelly's ass too) that was up against two enduring classics, A Place in the Sun and Streetcar.
That was also the year that, disgracefully, the Academy, in one of its biggest blunders, failed to even nominate one of the great American movies of the 50s, The African Queen, a true classic of storytelling beautifully directed by John Huston with Hepburn and Bogie at their very best. The African Queen, Place in the Sun and Streetcar were all best picture material. An American in Paris's oscar was backlot and front office navel gazing.
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Gigi came about because the rights to "My Fair Lady" precluded filming for some years. So L & L wrote another piece about a young girl being turned into a society woman.
Perhaps just in retrospect, there's something unutterably creepy about Chevalier, the Nazi collaborator, singing "Thank Heaven for Little Girls." One expects him to be fondling a tiny pair of panties while he sings.
Ah, yes. I remember it well.
[quote]The African Queen, a true classic of storytelling beautifully directed by John Huston with Hepburn and Bogie at their very best.
I recently saw this for the first time when it was part of a film series at the local movie house. Wow! The place was packed - a lot of young people who seemed to really love it.
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GIGI deserved to be beet at the Oscars.
My vote goes to "The African Queen."
Auntie Mame. It's the most watchable. I don't mind watching Separate Tables, David Niven gets on nerves until the very end, but Deborah Kerr and Wendy Hiller are unforgetable. Cat on a a Hot Tin Roof, yuck. Gigi, boring. I don't think I have ever seen The Defiant Ones.
BTW ... Vertigo, good but overrated
Perhaps Gigi won because the excellent dramatic competition all cancelled each other out, leaving the Oscar to the musical, which was hugely popular with the masses and a promise (unfulfilled) that the MGM musical was not dead.
An American in Paris would be nothing without its musical numbers, especially the long ballet at the end, which is a cinematic masterpiece. And I've always loved Georges Guetary singing to those chandeliered girls in I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise. And Gene Kelly dancing to I've Got Rhythym with the kids (who actually appear to be French).
If we're gonna talk about awful Parisian musicals, how about Can-Can starring the laughably Gallic Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine?
I've always found "The African Queen" to be the over-rated one, and really quite dull.
A bit of subject but ...
A lot of people in reviewing the films that won the Oscar for Best Film believe that West Side Story should not have won in 1961, West Side Story's choreography of the dance numbers are the best part of the film, but there ain't much else to recommend it.
A lot film people think that the Oscar should have gone to the Datalounge favorite, Judgement at Nuremberg. Likewise, the supporting acting Oscars should have gone to Montgomery Clift and Judy Garland for Judgement at Nuremberg and not to Rita Moreno and George Chakaris for West Side Story
"West Side Story's choreography of the dance numbers are the best part of the film, but there ain't much else to recommend it."
People have been known to enjoy the music, the lyrics, and the story also, r33.
r33, you're really not taking in to account that in 1961, West Side Story was not the widely known and badly over-produced musical done in every high school, college and community theater it's since become.
At that time it was quite revelatory and even shocking to general audiences. They were seeing it for the very first time.
Oh good, you're all watching it too.
Was the subject matter considered racy for a mainstream film at the time? Just wondering how the demimonde played in Peoria.
Sugar, the musical version of Some Like It Hot.
[quote] What should have beet Gigi for the Oscar?
Like we carrot.
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It was the last movie Karen Ann Quinlan ever saw...
"Nominated that year: Gigi, Auntie Mame, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones, Separate Tables. Out of that pool, Gigi was hands down the most deserving winner. My pick, however, is the un-nominated Vertigo."
r9, you're absolutely right. Gigi is by far the best of the five nominees. And Vertigo was even more deserving.
[quote]it's a blatant attempt at cashing in on the success of My Fair Lady.
Not as blatant as some.
[quote]I've always found "The African Queen" to be the over-rated one, and really quite dull.
I tried to get Kate to show me her underpants, but she steadfastly refused.
Could Gigi also have been the highest-grossing of the five? That could partly account for the win.
If you're looking to swat at an undeserving winner, try Around the World in 80 Days over Giant, The King and I, Seven Samurai, or La Strada.
Jack Warner was obsessed with MY FAIR LADY and vowed to pay whatever it took to get the rights. He paid $5 million in 1962 (the equivalent of $39 million in 2014 dollars).
MGM, Freed & Minnelli didn't stand a chance.
M-G-M would have butchered [italic]Fair Lady[/italic] if they had ever gotten their paws on it.