Movie Fact #759 – May 22nd, 2015:

Actress Judy Garland was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead role as Esther Blodgett/ Vicki Lesterwas in 1954’s “A Star Is Born” and was the run-up to the 27th Academy Awards. She was generally expected to win but, even if she had, couldn’t attend the ceremony because she had just given birth to her son, Joseph Luft.

To compensate, a television crew was in her hospital room with cameras and wires to broadcast her anticipated acceptance speech. In a shocking upset, the Oscar was won by actress Grace Kelly for her lead role as Georgie Elgin in 1954’s “The Country Girl”. To add to the tragedy and dismissal, the camera crew in Garland’s hospital room was packing up before Kelly could even reach the stage.

While Garland won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the role, many will always feel she should have won. Comedian Groucho Marx sent her a telegram after the awards ceremony, declaring her loss, as he put it, “the biggest robbery since Brinks.” Also, TIME magazine labeled her performance as “just about the greatest one-woman show in modern movie history.” As always displayed, it’s not always those who win the award that people remember. I bet every fan of film can name a bunch of people they felt were wrongfully stepped over in the accolade department…but then we’d be here all night.

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