Ever wondered why films like Camille (1936), Marie Antoinette (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939) never won an Oscar for Best Costume Design? Well, that is because the Best Costume Design category was not instituted until 1949, at the 21st Academy Awards. To honor all the wonderful costume designers whose work went unlauded between 1929 and 1948, Phyl over at Phyllis Loves Classic Movies has decided to host the Best Costume Awards and she needs our help. All you have to do is head over to her page, vote and spread the word.
It was April 1948 when director King Vidor spotted 22-year-old Patricia Neal on the Warner Bros. studio lot. A drama graduate from Northwestern University, she had just arrived in Hollywood following a Tony Award-winning performance in Lillian Hellman's Another Part of the Forest . Impressed by Patricia's looks, Vidor approached the young actress and asked if she would be interested in doing a screen test for the female lead in his newest film, The Fountainhead (1949). Gary Cooper had already signed as the male protagonist, and the studio was then considering Lauren Bacall and Barbara Stanwyck to play his love interest. Neal liked the script and about two months later, she met with the director for sound and photographic tests. Vidor was enthusiastic about Patricia, but her first audition was a complete disaster. Cooper was apparently watching her from off the set and he was so unimpressed by her performance that he commented, « What's that!? » He tried to con