Academy Awards 1937 -
Best Original Screenplay: Robert Carson
The beautifully shot A STAR IS BORN recounts a tragic Hollywood tale of fame and misfortune. As young Esther Blodgett (Janet Gaynor) rises to stardom, her husband, former leading man Norman Maine (Fredric March), is in the midst of a heartbreakingly rapid decline. Gaynor is both genuine and funny as the small-town girl who loses her one great love while she pursues another, and March is perfect as the passé alcoholic has-been. The film received six Academy Award nominations and won a special award for its color cinematography.
Description by Image Entertainment:
William Wellman's acclaimed, award-winning story of Hollywood triumph and disappointment stars Fredric March as movie star Norman Maine. Maine discovers Esther Blodgett (Janet Gaynor) and gets her a screen test, igniting her career. But as Esther's star grows brighter, Norman's star diminishes, sending him into a despair from which he may not recover.
A young woman rises to stardom while her husband sinks into depression in this William Wellman Technicolor classic. This poignant story resulted in three film remakes. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (by Dorothy Parker). Academy Awards: 2, including Best Original Story and a special plaque honoring the film's color photography.
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