In conjunction with the year-end episode of The George Sanders Show, looking back 80 years at the best films of 1933, here are my choices for award winners in the various Oscar-type categories for that year. I haven’t done any of these for awhile, but in the Endy Awards Index you can find entries for 20111932, 193919641957 and 1994, along with a bunch of much older, less good award posts. Eligibility is determined by imdb date and by whether or not I’ve seen the movie in question. Nominees are listed in alphabetical order and the winners are bolded. And the Endy goes to. . .
Best Picture:

1. Design for Living
2. Duck Soup
3. Gold Diggers of 1933
4. Hallelujah, I’m a Bum
5. Japanese Girls at the Harbor

Best Director:

1. Ernst Lubitsch, Design for Living
2. Leo McCarey, Duck Soup
3. Hiroshi Shimizu, Japanese Girls at the Harbor
4. Fritz Lang, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
5. William Wellman, Wild Boys of the Road

Best Actor:

1. Groucho Marx, Duck Soup
2. James Cagney, Footlight Parade
3. Al Jolson, Hallelujah, I’m a Bum
4. Claude Rains, The Invisible Man
5. Spencer Tracy, Man’s Castle

Best Actress:

1. Barbara Stanwyck, Baby Face
2. Miriam Hopkins, Design for Living
3. Loretta Young, Man’s Castle
4. Henrietta Crosman, Pilgrimage
5. Greta Garbo, Queen Christina
Supporting Actor:

1. Franchot Tone, Bombshell
2. Harpo Marx, Duck Soup
4. Harry Langdon, Hallelujah, I’m a Bum
3. Frank Morgan, Hallelujah, I’m a Bum
5. Ned Sparks, Lady for a Day

Supporting Actress:

1. Sumiko Mizukubo, Apart from You
2. Margaret Dumont, Duck Soup
3. Ginger Rogers, Gold Diggers of 1933
4. Glenda Farrell, Mystery of the Wax Museum
5. Elsa Lanchester, The Private Life of Henry VIII

Original Screenplay:

1. Gene Markey & Katheryn Scola, Baby Face
2. Burt Kalmar & Harry Ruby, Duck Soup
3. Ben Hecht & S. N. Behrman, Hallelujah, I’m a Bum
4. Tôma Kitabayashi & Mitsu Suyama, Japanese Girls at the Harbor
5. Frank Craven, Sons of the Desert

Adapted Screenplay:

1. Rian James & James Seymour, 42nd Street
2. Ben Hecht, Design for Living
3. Jo Swerling, Man’s Castle
4. Barry Connors & Philip Klein, Pilgrimage
5. Sonya Levien & Paul Green, State Fair

Non-English Language Film:

1. Apart From You (Mikio Naruse)
2. Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Hiroshi Shimizu)
3. Passing Fancy (Yasujiro Ozu)
4. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang)
5. Zéro de conduite (Jean Vigo)

Short Film:

1. The Three Little Pigs (Walt Disney)
2. Zéro de conduite (Jean Vigo)

Unseen Film:

1. Alice in Wonderland (Norman Z. McLoud)
2. The Emperor Jones (Dudley Murphy)
3. Liebelei (Max Ophuls)
4. Morning Glory (Lowell Sherman)
5. The Power & the Glory (William K. Howard)
Film Editing:

1. 42nd Street
2. Dragnet Girl
3. Japanese Girls at the Harbor
4. King Kong
5. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Cinematography:

1. Sol Polito, Gold Diggers of 1933
2. Taro Sasaki, Japanese Girls at the Harbor
3. Edward Linden, J. O. Taylor & Vernon L. Walker, King Kong
4. Karl Vash & Fritz Arno Wagner, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
5. Boris Kaufman, Zéro de conduite

Original Score:

1. 42nd Street
2. Duck Soup
3. Gold Diggers of 1933
4. Hallelujah, I’m a Bum
5. King Kong

Original Song:

1. “42nd Street”, 42nd Street
2. “The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re in the Money)”, Gold Diggers of 1933
3. “Shadow Waltz”, Gold Diggers of 1933
4. “You Are Too Beautiful”, Hallelujah, I’m a Bum
5. “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”, The Three Little Pigs

Art Direction:

1. 42nd Street
2. Duck Soup
3. Footlight Parade
4. King Kong
5. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Costume Design:

1. 42nd Street
2. Design for Living
3. Footlight Parade
4. Gold Diggers of 1933
5. King Kong

Make-up:

1. 42nd Street
2. Design for Living
3. Gold Diggers of 1933
4. King Kong
5. Mystery of the Wax Museum

Sound Mixing:

1. 42nd Street
2. Footlight Parade
3. Gold Diggers of 1933
4. King Kong
5. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Sound Editing:

1. 42nd Street
2. Footlight Parade
3. Gold Diggers of 1933
4. King Kong
5. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Visual Effects:

1. The Invisible Man
2. King Kong
3. Mystery of the Wax Museum

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2 thoughts on “1933 Endy Awards

  1. Do you judge these songs purely on the music or does, in the case of these musicals, the whole production play a part? Either way I guess I should see Hallelujah, I'm a Bum.

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