Oscar Movies: Good Earth, The


Oscar Nominations: 5

Best Picture, produced by Irving Thalberg and Albert Lewin
Director: Sidney Franklin
Actress: Luise Rainer
Cinematography: Karl Freund
Film Editing: Basil Wrangell

Oscar Awards: 2

Oscar Context
In 1937, nine other movies competed with “The Good Earth” for Best Picture, including Warner's biopic “The Life of Emile Zola,” with 10 nominations, winning 3 Best Picture and other kudos, Leo McCarey's marital comedy “The Awful Truth” with six nominations, and Gregory La Cava's backstage drama, “Stage Door,” with four. The other nominees were: William Wyler's social drama set in a New York City slum, “Dead End,” Frank Capra's utopian comedy “Lost Horizon,” and Henry King's adventure “In Old Chicago,” The first version of “A Star Is Born,” “In Old Chicago,” and the Deana Durbin vehicle, “One Hundred Men and a Girl.”

Next to “Life of Emile Zola,” the most-nominated films were Fox's adventure “In Old Chicago” and “A Star Is Born.” Only one of the ten nominated pictures was a comedy, Leo McCarey's sublime screwball, “The Awful Truth,” co-starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne at their very best. The Oscars were spread among eight films; the only two pictures that didn't win any award were “Dead End” and “Stage Door.”

The Best Director was Leo McCarey for “The Awful Truth,” and Best Editing was given to Gene Havlick and Gene Milford for “Lost Horizon.”