Fixing The Oscars – 1938

Best Picture in the English Language

Bringing Up Baby WINNER!

– The Lady Vanishes
– The Adventures of Robin Hood
– Pygmalion (original nominee)
– The Edge of the World

Best Picture in Another Language

Alexander Nevski WINNER!

– The Childhood of Maxim Gorky
– Olympia (Parts I and II)
– Quai des brumes (Port of Shadows)
– La bête humaine

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Cary Grant (Bringing Up Baby) WINNER!

– James Cagney (Angels with Dirty Faces) (original nominee)
– Errol Flynn (Adventures of Robin Hood)
– Leslie Howard (Pygmalion) (original nominee)
– Cary Grant (Holiday)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Wendy Hiller (Pygmalion) WINNER! (original nominee)

– Katharine Hepburn (Bringing Up Baby)
– Bette Davis (Jezebel) (original winner)
– Katharine Hepburn (Holiday)
– Margaret Lockwood (The Lady Vanishes)
– Margaret Sullavan (The Three Comrades)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Basil Rathbone (The Adventures of Robin Hood) WINNER!
Lew Ayres (Holiday) WINNER!

– John Garfield (Four Daughters) (original nominee)
– Claude Rains (Adventures of Robin Hood)
– Naughton Wayne (The Lady Vanishes)
– Basil Radford (The Lady Vanishes)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Fay Bainter (Jezebel) (original winner) WINNER!

– Varvara Massalitinova (Childhood of Maxim Gorky)
– Dame May Whitty (The Lady Vanishes)
– May Robson (Bringing Up Baby)
– Una O’Connor (The Adventures of Robin Hood)

Best Director

Alfred Hitchcock (The Lady Vanishes) WINNER!
Howard Hawks (Bringing Up Baby) WINNER!

– Sergei Eisenstein (Alexander Nevsky)
– William Wyler (Jezebel)
– Leni Riefenstahl (Olympia)

Best Cinematography

Tony Gaudio; Sol Polito (The Adventures of Robin Hood) WINNER!

– Eduard Tissé (Alexander Nevsky)
– Ernest Haller (Jezebel) (original nominee)
– Monty Beerman; Skeets Kelly; Edward Palmer (The Edge of the World)
– Wilfried Basse, Werner Bundhausen, and many others (Olympia)

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Lady Vanishes (Sidney Gilliat & Frank Launder, from the novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White) WINNER!

– Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw, W.P. Lipscomb & Cecil Lewis, from the play by Bernard Shaw)
– Holiday (Donald Ogden Stewart & Sidney Buchman, from the play by Philip Barry)
– La Femme du Boulanger (The Baker’s Wife) (Marcel Pagnol, from the novel Jean le Bleu by Jean Giono)
– Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife (Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder, from the play La Huitième Femme de Barbe-Bleu by Alfred Savoir)
– Quai des Brumes (Port of Shadows) (Marcel Carné & Jacques Prevert, from the novel by Pierre Mac Orlan)

Best Original Screenplay

Bringing Up Baby (Hagar Wilde & Dudley Nichols) WINNER!

– The Adventures of Robin Hood (Norman Reilly Raine & Seton I. Miller)
– Angels with Dirty Faces (Rowland Brown, John Wexley & Warren Duff)
– The Edge of the World (Michael Powell)

Best Editing

THE WINNER: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Esfir Tobak (Alexander Nevsky)

– Ralph Dawson (The Adventures of Robin Hood)
– Leni Riefenstahl (Olympia)
– R.E. Dearing (The Lady Vanishes)
– David Lean (Pygmalion)

Best Art-Direction

THE WINNER: Carl Jules Weyl (The Adventures of Robin Hood)

– Iosif Shpinel (Production Design), Sergei M. Eisenstein, Nikolai Solovyov (Art-Direction) (Alexander Nevsky)
– Cedric Gibbons (Marie Antoinette)
– Robert M. Haas (Jezebel)
– Alexandre Trauner (Port of Shadows)

Best Costume Design

THE WINNER: Konstantin Yeliseyev (Alexander Nevsky)

– Milo Anderson (The Adventures of Robin Hood)
– Orry-Kelly (Jezebel)
– Adrian, Gile Steele (Marie Antoinette)
– Howard Greer (gowns) (Bringing Up Baby)

Best Original Score


-Erich Wolfgang Korngold (Adventures Of Robin Hood)
– Max Steiner (Jezebel)
– Arthur Honegger (Pygmalion
– Lev Shvarts (Childhood Of Maxim Gorky)



– Sergei Prokofiev & Vladmimir Lugovskoy Arise Ye Russian People (Alexander Nevsky)
– Leo Robin & Ralph Rainger Thanks For The Memory (Big Broadcast Of 1938)

Adaptation Of Music/Song Score


– George & Ira Gershwin, Alfred Newman, Edward Powell (The Goldwyn Follies)

Best Short

“Ferdinand the Bull” (WINNER!)

– “Brave Little Tailor”
– “Mickey’s Trailer”
– “Porky in Wackyland”

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