Screen Test of Time, Ep. 13: Cimarron
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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This week kicks off the nominees for 1930/1931 Oscars, a year that the Academy seems to wish it could forget. (Only 3 of the 5 nominees exist outside of a single copy in a vault at the UCLA film archives!) Our intrepid hosts almost lost their will to move forward with the project at all after this year's honorees, but they persevered starting with this week's movie (and fittingly unlucky episode 13), Cimarron, the story of a politically woke dude, who still manages to be a bad partner and deadbeat dad, singlehandedly founding the state of Oklahoma. A series of barely connected, over the top dramatic moments, it's just a smorgasbord of Oscar bait with no real plot that annoys Suzan and basically breaks David's brain. Hold on to your seats, everyone, cause the Screen Test of Time is going to get weird.
Year Eligible: 1930/1931 (won)
Music: "Covered Wagon Days" by Ted Weems and His Orchestra, available at freemusicarchive.org