For those of you who missed it, the Oscar's were last Sunday. The once a year chance for those in Hollywood to be recognized for their work in the film industry and for the rest of us to see those amazing dresses walking down the red carpet. My cousin holds an annual Oscar party where you have to dress to the nines to attend. Her pictures from the evening were fantastic!
All the buzz had me thinking about the Oscar winners from the 1940s. Who won, what were the films about, where there any repeats? My curiosity was bubbling over. I went in search of three categories for each year: best film, best actor, and best actress. (See a full list of awards at Classic Movies)
Actor James Stewart – The Philadelphia Story
Actress Ginger Rogers – Kitty Foyle
1941Picture How Green was my Valley
Actor Gary Cooper – Sergeant York
Actress Joan Fontaine – Suspicion
1942Picture Mrs. Miniver
Actor James Cagney – Yankee Doodle Dandy
Actress Greer Garson – Mrs. Miniver
Actor Paul Lukas – Watch on the Rhine
Actress Jennifer Jones – The Song of Bernadette
1944Picture Going my Way
Actor Bing Crosby –Going my Way
Actress Ingrid Bergman – Gaslight
1945Picture The Lost Weekend
Actor Ray Milland - The Lost Weekend
Actress Joan Crawford – Mildred Pierce
1946Picture The Best Years of Our Lives
Actor Fredric March – The Best Years of Our Lives
Actress Olivia de Havilland – To Each His Own
Actor Ronald Colman – A Double Life
Actress Loretta Young – The Farmer’s Daughter
Actor Laurence Olivier – Hamlet
Actress Jane Wyman – Johnny Belinda
1949Picture All the King’s Men
Actor Broderick Crawford – All the King’s Men
Actress Olivia de Havilland– The Heiress
Only one repeat winner in 10 years! Olivia de Havilland started the decade on the 1939 hit Gone with the Wind and left with 2 Oscars for best actress. Wow!
Many of these movies I have not seen, but there is one on the list that was a favorite of mine as a child, Yankee Doodle Dandy. I watched this movie over, and over again. I knew every line, and every song, and I am pretty sure I wore the tape out. Until this evening I did not know that James Cagney had won the Oscar for it, and I am sure it was not only for his tap dancing down the steps of the White House in the end of the film.
Seeing as everyone is in the 1940 US Census, who will you look up? I think I may look up a few of the actors listed above to see what they were doing before they won their golden statuette.
*Images from wikimedia: Academy award vinto da maximilian schell come miglior attore protagonista, 1961