A Frank Capra Golden Globe Award for It's a Wonderful Life
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A Frank Capra Golden Globe Award for It's a Wonderful Life
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A Frank Capra Golden Globe Award for It's a Wonderful Life
Gilt metal globe mounted on a wooden pedestal, with a plaque reading "To Frank Capra / Outstanding Director of / 1946 / Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association." The 4th Golden Globe Awards ceremony was held on February 26, 1947 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and this was one of just eight awards given out. This was Capra's only Golden Globes win, though he did receive six Oscar® nominations and three awards.
Starring Jimmy Stewart as a man given a vision of his life had he never been born, It's a Wonderful Life was a commercial failure upon its original release. It was based on a short story called "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern who, unable to find a publisher, distributed it as a Christmas card in 1939. A copy of the story made it to RKO producer David Hempstead, and the studio purchased the rights. The film ranked 26th at the box office in its initial release in December, 1946 and received mixed reviews. Its elevation to "classic" status did not begin until the late 1970s, when it was first aired on television at Christmas time. Since then, it has become a staple of the holiday season. It was ranked #11 on AFI's list of the Top 100 Films, and was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1990, the second year of the program. Of the 58 films Capra directed, he called It's a Wonderful Life his favorite and screened it for his own family every Christmas.
Height: 7 in.
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