Oscar Speeches: Capra, Director of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

In 1939, When director Frank Capra lost the Oscar for “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” he said: “Don’t ever┬ámake your best picture the year ‘Gone With the Wind’ comes out.”

Having won three Best Director Oscars in four years (1934, 1936, and 1938), Capra had nothing to complain about.

Almost the same sentiment was expressed by Curtis Hanson in 1997, when his noir crimer “L.A. Confidential,” which won all the critics awards, lost out to James Cameron’s blockbuster, “Titanic.”