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AWARD-WINNERS SHOWCASE

 

WINGS

SUNSET BOULEVARD

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

SHANE

MY FAIR LADY

TRUE GRIT

CHINATOWN

ORDINARY PEOPLE

REDS

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT

 


WINGS
(1927, PG-13)

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Oscar Winner: Best Picture, Best Engineering Effects

 

With World War I afoot, David Armstrong (Richard Arlen) and Jack Powell (Charles "Buddy" Rogers) join the military with an eye toward flying American fighter planes. They leave behind Mary Preston (Clara Bow), a local girl who's in love with David but committed to Jack. Dispatched to France as newly minted pilots, the men take to the skies in one of the war's climactic air battles, and as frantic Mary longs for the safe return of both men, one pays the ultimate price for his bravery.

 


SUNSET BOULEVARD
(1950, NR)

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Oscar Winner: Best Original Score, Best Story and Screenplay, Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration

 

Synopsis: Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond, an aging silent-film queen, and William Holden, as the struggling young screenwriter who is held in thrall by her madness, created two of the screen's most memorable characters in "Sunset Boulevard." Winner of three Academy Awards®, director Billy Wilder's powerful orchestration of the bizarre tale is a true cinematic classic. From the unforgettable opening sequence -- a body found floating in a decayed mansion's swimming pool -- through the inevitable unfolding of tragic destiny, "Sunset Boulevard" is the definitive statement on the dark and desperate side of Hollywood. Erich von Stroheim as Desmond's discoverer, ex-husband and butler, and Nancy Olson as the bright spot amidst unrelenting ominousness, are equally celebrated for their masterful performances.

 


THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
(1952, NR)

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Oscar Winner: Best Story, Best Picture

 

"The Greatest Show on Earth" is a dazzling spectacle of life behind the scenes with Ringling Bros.-Barnum and Bailey Circus, the best three-ring circus in the land. Celebrates the extravagant three-ring circus and depicts the passionate scenes of love and jealousy behind the greatest show on Earth.

 


SHANE
(1953, NR)

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Oscar Winner: Best Cinematography

 

Enigmatic gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a small Wyoming town with hopes of quietly settling down as a farmhand. Taking a job on homesteader Joe Starrett's (Van Heflin) farm, Shane is drawn into a battle between the townsfolk and ruthless cattle baron Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer). Shane's growing attraction to Starrett's wife, Marian (Jean Arthur), and his fondness for their son Joey (Brandon de Wilde), who idolizes Shane, force Shane to realize that he must thwart Ryker's plan.

 


MY FAIR LADY
(1964, G)

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Oscar Winner: Best Actor, Best Original Score, Best Picture, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing

 

In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond -- one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor (Jeremy Brett).

 


TRUE GRIT
(1969, G)

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Oscar Winner: Best Actor

 

After hired hand Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey) murders the father of 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby), she seeks vengeance and hires U.S. Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), a man of "true grit," to track Chaney into Indian territory. As the two begin their pursuit, a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf (Glen Campbell), joins the manhunt in hopes of capturing Chaney for the murder of a Texas senator and collecting a substantial reward. The three clash on their quest of bringing to justice the same man.

 


CHINATOWN
(1974, R)

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Oscar Winner: Best Original Screenplay

 

Synopsis: When Los Angeles private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband's activities, he believes it's a routine infidelity case. Jake's investigation soon becomes anything but routine when he meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and realizes he was hired by an imposter. Mr. Mulwray's sudden death sets Gittes on a tangled trail of corruption, deceit and sinister family secrets.

 


ORDINARY PEOPLE
(1980, R)

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Oscar Winner: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director

 

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics Consensus: "shot through with bitterness and sorrow, Robert Redford's directorial debut is absorbing and well-acted."

 

Synopsis: The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

 


REDS
(1981, PG)

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Oscar Winner: Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Cinematography

 

American journalist John Reed (Warren Beatty) journeys to Russia to document the Boleshevik Revolution and returns a revolutionary. His fervor for left-wing politics leads him to Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton), then married, who will become a feminist icon and activist. Politics at home become more complicated as the rift grows between reality and Reed's ideals. Bryant takes up with a cynical playwright (Jack Nicholson), and Reed returns to Russia, where his health declines.

 


TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
(1983, PG)

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