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Actors & Oscars in the 1940s


Actors & Oscars in the 1940s  

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  1. 1. Best Actor of the decade?

    • 1940: James Stewart…THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (Comedy)
    • 1941: Gary Cooper…SERGEANT YORK (War Drama/Biography)
    • 1942: James Cagney…YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (Musical)
    • 1943: Paul Lukas…WATCH ON THE RHINE (Social Drama)
    • 1944: Bing Crosby…GOING MY WAY (Musical Comedy-Drama)
    • 1945: Ray Milland…THE LOST WEEKEND (Social Drama)
    • 1946: Fredric March…THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (Post-War)
    • 1947: Ronald Colman…A DOUBLE LIFE (Film Noir)
    • 1948: Laurence Olivier…HAMLET (Historical Drama)
    • 1949: Broderick Crawford…ALL THE KING’S MEN (Political)
  2. 2. Best Supporting Actor of the decade?

    • 1940: Walter Brennan…THE WESTERNER (Western)
    • 1941: Donald Crisp…HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (Drama)
    • 1942: Van Heflin…JOHNNY EAGER (Film Noir/Gangster)
    • 1943: Charles Coburn…THE MORE THE MERRIER (Comedy)
    • 1944: Barry Fitzgerald…GOING MY WAY (Musical Comedy-Drama)
    • 1945: James Dunn…A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (Social Drama)
    • 1946: Harold Russell…THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (Postwar)
    • 1947: Edmund Gwenn…MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (Comedy)
    • 1948: Walter Huston…THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE
    • 1949: Dean Jagger…TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH (War Drama)

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I voted for Milland and Coburn.


I think the most undeserving one is James Stewart who is not the lead in PHILADELPHIA STORY (Cary Grant is). Obviously, Stewart's award was a consolation prize because they overlooked him for MR. SMITH the year before.


And I think Cagney is super in YANKEE DOODLE DANDY but it still seems second-best compared to his (literally) explosive work in WHITE HEAT, for which he was not even nominated.


It's been a while since I have seen A DOUBLE LIFE, but I do recall liking Colman's performance very much. But to me, Milland is worth the highest recognition because he really grew as an actor and is almost going against type as a drunk-- and he plays it so well, so naturally, so effortlessly. It really is a classic film performance for the ages.



I chose Coburn because usually he tends to chew the scenery but here is much more restrained and natural. I think it's a beautiful performance. 


Van Heflin is very good but he is a little transparent with some of his acting tricks (he is much more seasoned and sublime in 1970's AIRPORT). 


Donald Crisp is wonderful and deserving-- and I think he could have won during other years, too.

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