Fixing the Oscars – 1940

BEST PICTURE – ENGLISH LANGUAGE

WINNER: Fantasia

– The Grapes of Wrath (original nominee)
– Pinocchio
– The Shop Around The Corner
– His Girl Friday
– Rebecca (original winner)

BEST PICTURE – NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE

WINNER: Ahí está el detalle (aka Here Is the Point)

– Juninatten (aka June Night)

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

WINNER: Cary Grant (His Girl Friday)

– Charles Chaplin (The Great Dictator) (original nominee)
– Henry Fonda (The Grapes Of Wrath)(original nominee)
– James Stewart (The Shop Around The Corner)
– Laurence Olivier (Rebecca) (original nominee)
– Conrad Veidt (The Thief Of Bagdad)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

WINNER: Katharine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story) (original nominee)

– Bette Davis (The Letter) (original nominee)
– Margaret Sullavan (The Shop Around The Corner)
– Joan Fontaine (Rebecca) (original nominee)
– Vivien Leigh (Waterloo Bridge)
– Rosalind Russell (His Girl Friday)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

WINNER: John Carradine (Graphes Of Wrath)

– James Stephenson (The Letter) (original nominee)
– John Qualen (Grapes Of Wrath)
– Walter Brennan (The Westerner) (original winner)
– Jack Oakie (The Great Dictator) (original nominee)

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

WINNER: Judith Anderson (Rebecca) (original nominee)

– Ida Lupino (They Drive By Night)
– Jane Darwell (The Grapes of Wrath) (original winner)
– Maria Ouspenskaya (Waterloo Bridge)
– Ruth Hussey (The Philadelphia Story) (original nominee)

BEST DIRECTOR

WINNER: John Ford (The Grapes of Wrath) (original winner)

– Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca) (original nominee)
– Ernst Lubitsch (Shop Around The Corner)
– Howard Hawks (His Girl Friday)
– Charles Chaplin (The Great Dictator)
– William Wyler (The Letter) (original nominee)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

WINNER: Gregg Toland (The Grapes Of Wrath)

– George Barnes (Rebecca) (original winner)
– Tony Gaudio (The Letter) (original nominee)
– Georges Périnal (The Thief Of Bagdad) (original winner)
– Joseph Ruttenberg (Waterloo Bridge) (original nominee)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

WINNER: Charles Lederer (His Girl Friday, from the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur)

– Donald Ogden Stewart (The Philadelphia Story, from the play by Philip Barry) (original winner)
– Robert E. Sherwood & Joan Harrison (Rebecca, from the novel by Daphne du Maurier) (original nominee)
– Nunnally Johnson (The Grapes of Wrath, from the novel by John Steinbeck) (original nominee)
– Howard Koch (The Letter, from the play by W. Somerset Maugham)
Samson Raphaelson (The Shop Around the Corner, from the play Parfumerie by Miklós László)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

WINNER: Charles Chaplin (The Great Dictator) (original nominee)

– W.C. Fields writing as Mahatma Kane Jeeves (The Bank Dick)
– Charles Bennett & Joan Harrison (Foreign Correspondent) (original nominee)
– Preston Sturges (The Great McGinty) (original winner)
– Juan Bustillo Oro & Humberto Gómez Landero (Here Is the Point)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

WINNER: Franz Waxman (Rebecca) (original nominee)

– Max Steiner (The Letter) (original nominee)
– Erich Wolfgang Korngold (The Sea Hawk) (original nominee)
– Miklos Rozsa (Thief Of Bagdad) (original nominee)
– Alfred Newman (Mark Of Zorro) (original nominee)

BEST MUSICAL SCORING/ADAPTATION/SONG SCORE

WINNER: Edward H. Plumb, Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor (Fantasia)

– Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington (Pinocchio) (original winner)
– Alfred Newman (Grapes Of Wrath)
– Leo Arnaud, George Bassman, Murray Cutter, Roger Edens, Wally Heglin, Charles Henderson, Alfred Newman, Edward Powell (Broadway Melody Of 1940)
– Mack Gordon, Emil Newman, Harry Warren (Down Argentine Way)

BEST SONG

WINNER: Leigh Harline & Ned Washington When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio) (original winner)

– Leigh Harline & Ned Washington Hi Diddle Dee Dee (Pinocchio)
– Miklos Rozsa, R. Denham, William Kernell I Want To Be A Sailor (Thief Of Bagdad)
– Leigh Harline & Ned Washington I’ve Got No Strings (Pinocchio)
– Johnny Mercer & Artie Shaw Love Of My Life (Second Chorus) (original nominee)

BEST EDITING

WINNER: Dorothy Spencer (Foreign Correspondent)

– Robert Simpson (The Grapes of Wrath)
– Willard Nico (The Great Dictator)
– Charles Crichton (The Thief of Bagdad)
– Hal. C. Kern (Rebecca)

BEST ART-DIRECTION

WINNER: Vincent Korda (The Thief of Bagdad)

– Lyle Wheeler (Rebecca)
– J. Russell Spencer (The Great Dictator)
– Richard Day & Mark-Lee Kirk (The Grapes of Wrath)
– Alexander Golitzen (Foreign Correspondent)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

WINNER: John Armstrong, Oliver Messel & Marcel Vertès (The Thief of Bagdad)

– uncredited (The Great Dictator)
– Gwen Wakeling (The Grapes of Wrath)
– Travis Banton (The Mark of Zorro)
– Adrian, Gile Steele (Pride and Prejudice)

BEST SHORT FILM

WINNER: You Ought to Be in Pictures (Warner Bros./Fritz Freleng)

– London Can Take It! (Ministry of Information [Great Britain]/Humphrey Jennings & Harry Watt) (original nominee)
– Mr. Duck Steps Out (Disney/Jack King)
– Puss Gets the Boot (MGM/William Hanna & Joseph Barbera) (original nominee)
– Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (actuality footage/Barney Elliott)
– A Wild Hare (Warner Bros./Tex Avery) (original nominee)

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