He is the only actor to have received two Academy Awards for the same performance. It would have taken uncommon genius and daring at that time to sneak a view of an untidy or unresolved America past Goldwyn or the public.
Fredric March won his second Best Actor award also having won in for Dr. He wrote, It is seldom that there comes a motion picture which can be wholly and enthusiastically endorsed not only as superlative entertainment but as food for quiet and humanizing thought In working out their solutions Mr.
Production[ edit ] Director Wyler had flown combat missions over Europe in filming Memphis Belle and worked hard to get accurate depictions of the combat veterans he had encountered. The impact for the audience was immediate, as each scene played out in a realistic, natural way.
Famed drummer Gene Krupa was seen in archival footage, while Tennessee Ernie Fordlater a famous television star, appeared as an uncredited "hillbilly singer" in the first of his only three film appearances. Wyler have achieved some of the most beautiful and inspiring demonstrations of human fortitude that we have had in films.
Robert Karnes as Technical Sergeant Casting brought together established stars as well as character actors and relative unknowns. As the Academy Board of Governors considered him a long shot to win, they gave him an honorary award "for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance.
Teresa Wright was only thirteen years younger than her on-screen mother, played by Myrna Loy. The former training facility had been converted into a scrap yard, housing nearly 2, former combat aircraft in various states of disassembly and reclamation.
Wyler changed the original casting that had featured a veteran suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and sought out Harold Russell, a non-actor to take on the exacting role of Homer Parrish.
Other Wyler touches included constructing life-size sets, which went against the standard larger sets that were more suited to camera positions.The best parts are of the aftermath of his military training accident and subsequent recovery, the making of The Best Years of Our Lives and anecdotes about his travels all over the world on behalf of injured veterans/5(3).
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