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Top 5 Award-Winning Moments

INSP is rolling out the red carpet in anticipation of the 2021 Academy Awards with an Oscar-Acclaimed Western movie event, so we’re counting down the top moments from these legendary Western films.

THE BEST OF THE WEST

It’s not a surprise that the classic Western films, Friendly Persuasion, Shane, and Stagecoach, were Academy Award nominees upon their releases.
Standing out for their artistry, innovativeness, and precise technicality, these films have significantly contributed to the evolution of the Western genre as we know it today. While every minute of their runtime is brilliant, here are our top five favorite scenes from these award-worthy films.

1. A MOMENT OF DESPAIR: FRIENDLY PERSUASION

1957 Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Adapted Screen Play, and Best Sound Mixing.

Bringing warmth to the West, Friendly Persuasion charmed audiences with its heart, humor, and captivating story, using every element of film making to strengthen the viewers’ emotional connection.

2. WHAT A VIEW: SHANE

1954 Oscar winner for Best Cinematography. Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Shane was a ground-breaking film for the time, launching Westerns into a new forefront of cinema, from its visually intriguing landscape shots to its ingenious camera angles and direction.

3. WORDS TO LIVE BY: SHANE

1954 Oscar winner for Best Cinematography. Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Adapting the 1949 novel of the same name impeccably for the big screen, Shane is a dramatic story that pulls at the heartstrings. Its authentically intimate scenes leave the audience deeply invested in the characters and their outcomes.

4. IN PERFECT HARMONY: STAGECOACH

1940 Oscar winner for Best Original Music and Best Supporting Actor (Thomas Mitchell). Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Film Editing.

Elevating Westerns as a genre to take seriously, Stagecoach set the bar and was a trailblazer for the future of Western films, putting them on the map for the decades to come.

5. A PERFORMANCE OF A LIFETIME: STAGECOACH

1940 Oscar winner for Best Original Music and Best Supporting Actor (Thomas Mitchell). Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Film Editing.

With two of the films he starred in up for awards, Thomas Mitchell’s Oscar night became one to remember. And while Gone with the Wind’s eight wins were memorable, it was his Best Supporting Actor win for Stagecoach that singled out the actor for his incredible talent.