If you're confused about what Presidents Day is all about, you're not alone.
February 21, 2012
The battle didn’t end when the war was over.
For some, another kind of battle had just begun.
Fred: Do you remember what it felt like when we went overseas?
Al: As well as I remember my own name.
Fred: I feel the same way now - only more so.
Al: I know what you mean.
Fred: Just nervous out of the service, I guess.
After calling attention to a few of the snubs over the years, with the Academy Awards now only six days away, I thought I’d be nice to the esteemed members of the Academy, since they occasionally get it right.
"The Best Years of Our Lives" is a 1946 American film directed by William Wyler, and starring Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, and Harold Russell.
After reading an August 7, 1944 article in Time magazine about the difficulties experienced by men returning to civilian life, Samuel Goldwyn hired war correspondent MacKinlay Kantor who wrote a novella, "Glory for Me," which was turned into a script by Robert Sherwood.
"You see Mr. Milton, in the Army, I've had to be with men when they were stripped of everything in the way of property except what they carried around with them and inside them. I saw them being tested. Now some of them stood up to it and some didn't. But you got so you could tell which ones you could count on. I tell you this man Novak is okay. His collateral is in his hands, in his heart and his guts."
Seven Academy Awards in 1946:
Including Best Picture, Best Director (William Wyler), Best Actor (Frederic March), Best Supporting Actor (Harold Russell), Best Film Editing (Daniel Mandell), Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Sherwood), and Best Original Score (Hugo Friedhofer)
It not only hit home in the US, but in the UK it remains the sixth most attended film of all time.
As powerful today as it ever was.