Archive for the ‘1940’ Category

Fixing the Oscars 2.0 – 1940

December 8, 2011

BEST ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PICTURE

The Shop Around the Corner – WINNER!

– Rebecca
– His Girl Friday
– Pinocchio
– Fantasia
– The Grapes of Wrath
– The Thief of Bagdad

BEST NON-ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PICTURE

Ahí está el detalle / You’re Missing the Point – WINNER! (tied)
Juninatten / A Night in June – WINNER! (tied)

– Sans lendemain / There’s No Tomorrow
– Paradis perdu / Four Flights to Love

BEST ACTOR

Henry Fonda (The Grapes of Wrath) – WINNER!

– Cary Grant (His Girl Friday)
– Charles Chaplin (The Great Dictator)
– Laurence Olivier (Rebecca)
– James Stewart (The Shop Around the Corner)
– Conrad Veidt (The Thief of Bagdad)

BEST ACTRESS

Joan Fontaine (Rebecca) – WINNER!

– Katharine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story)
– Rosalind Russell (His Girl Friday)
– Bette Davis (The Letter)
– Vivien Leigh (Waterloo Bridge)
– Margaret Sullavan (The Shop Around the Corner)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

John Carradine (The Grapes of Wrath) – WINNER!

– Walter Brennan (The Westerner)
– Jack Oakie (The Great Dictator)
– John Qualen (The Grapes of Wrath)
– James Stephenson (The Letter)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Judith Anderson (Rebecca) – WINNER!

– Jane Darwell (The Grapes of Wrath)
– Ida Lupino (They Drive by Night)
– Ruth Hussey (The Philadelphia Story)
– Lucile Watson (Waterloo Bridge)

BEST DIRECTOR

John Ford (The Grapes of Wrath) – WINNER!

– Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca)
– Howard Hawks (His Girl Friday)
– Ernst Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner)
– Charles Chaplin (The Great Dictator)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

His Girl Friday (Charles Lederer; from the play ‘The Front Page’ by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur) – WINNER!

– The Shop Around the Corner (Samson Raphaelson; from the play by Miklós László)
– The Philadelphia Story (Donald Ogden Stewart; from the play by Philip Barry)
– Rebecca (Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison, Philip MacDonald & Michael Hogan; from the novel by Daphne Du Maurier)
– The Grapes of Wrath (Nunnally Johnson; from the novel by John Steinbeck)
– The Thief of Bagdad (Lajos Biró & Miles Malleson; from ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ by Scheherazade)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin) – WINNER!

– The Great McGinty (Preston Sturges)
– Remember the Night (Preston Sturges)
– You’re Missing the Point (Humberto Gómez Landero & Juan Bustillo Oro)
– There’s No Tomorrow (Hans Wilhelm, Jean Jacot & André-Paul Antoine)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Thief of Bagdad (Georges Perinal & Osmond Borradaile) – WINNER!

– The Grapes of Wrath (Gregg Toland)
– Rebecca (George Barnes)
– The Letter (Tony Gaudio)
– Stranger on the Third Floor (Nicholas Musuraca)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Thief of Bagdad (Miklos Rozsa) – WINNER!

– The Letter (Max Steiner)
– Rebecca (Franz Waxman)
– The Sea Hawk (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
– The Great Dictator (Meredith Willson & Charles Chaplin)
– The Mark of Zorro (Alfred Newman)
– Our Town (Aaron Copland)

BEST ADAPTED/SONG SCORE

Fantasia (Edward H. Plumb – musical director, Leopold Stokowski – conductor; compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Paul Dukas, Igor Stravinsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Amilcare Ponchielli, Modest Mussorgsky & Franz Schubert) – WINNER!

– Pinocchio (Leigh Harline & Ned Washington – original songs)
– The Grapes of Wrath (Alfred Newman – musical direction; adapted from traditional American melodies including “Red River Valley”)
– Down Argentine Way (Harry Warren & Mack Gordon, et. al. – original songs; Emil Newman – musical director)
– Broadway Melody of 1940 (Cole Porter, et. al. – original & adapted songs; Alfred Newman – musical director)
– Dance, Girl, Dance (Edward Ward – original song music & musical director, Chet Forrest & Bob Wright – original lyrics)
– Strike Up the Band (Roger Edens & Arthur Freed – original songs, various adapted songs; Georgie Stoll – musical director)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“I’ve Got No Strings”, Leigh Harline & Ned Washington (Pinocchio) – WINNER! (tied)
“When You Wish Upon a Star”, Leigh Harline & Ned Washington (Pinocchio) – WINNER! (tied)

– “Hi Diddle Dee Dee”, Leigh Harline & Ned Washington (Pinocchio)
– “Down Argentine Way”, Harry Warren & Mack Gordon (Down Argentine Way)
– “The Man’s in the Navy”, Frederick Hollander & Frank Loesser (Seven Sinners)
– “Paradis perdu”, Hans May & Roger Fernay (Paradis perdu)

BEST SOUND

Fantasia – WINNER!

– The Sea Hawk
– Foreign Correspondent
– The Grapes of Wrath
– The Thief of Bagdad

BEST FILM EDITING

Foreign Correspondent (Dorothy Spencer) – WINNER!

– Rebecca (W. Donn Hayes)
– The Grapes of Wrath (Robert L. Simpson)
– The Thief of Bagdad (Charles Crichton)
– The Great Dictator (Willard Nico)
– His Girl Friday (Gene Havlick)

BEST ART DIRECTION

The Thief of Bagdad (Vincent Korda) – WINNER!

– Rebecca (Lyle R. Wheeler – art director, Joseph B. Platt – interior designer, Howard Bristol – interior decorator)
– The Grapes of Wrath (Richard Day & Mark-Lee Kirk – art directors, Thomas Little – set decorator)
– Foreign Correspondent (Alexander Golitzen)
– The Great Dictator (J. Russell Spencer)
– Pride and Prejudice (Cedric Gibbons – art director, Edwin B. Willis – set decorator)
– The Sea Hawk (Anton Grot)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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

– The Grapes of Wrath (Gwen Wakeling)
– The Great Dictator (Wyn Ritchie & Ted Tetrick)
– The Mark of Zorro (Travis Banton)
– Pride and Prejudice (Adrian)
– The Sea Hawk (Orry-Kelly)

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

The Thief of Bagdad (Lawrence W. Butler) – WINNER!

– The Sea Hawk (Byron Haskins & Hans F. Koenekamp)
– Foreign Correspondent (Paul Eagler)
– The Long Voyage Home (Ray Binger & R. T. Layton)
– Fantasia (Dan MacManus, Joshua Meador, Gail Papineau, Leonard – Pickley, Miles E. Pike, John Reed, et al.)

BEST SHORT FILM

You Ought to Be In Pictures – WINNER!

– Puss Gets the Boot
– A Wild Hare
– London Can Take It!
– The Milky Way
– Mr. Duck Steps Out
– Quicker N’ a Wink!

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT

Bobby Connolly & Albertina Rasch for the choreography of “Begin the Beguine” (Broadway Melody of 1940) – WINNER!

Fixing the Oscars – 1940

February 1, 2008

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)