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1940-49 — Years in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives


1949

(top) Orson Welles in Carol Reed's The Third Man (bottom; left to right) Carol Reed having tea on the Third Man set; Alec Guinness in Robert Hamer's Kind Hearts and Coronets, Bette Davis in King Vidor's Beyond the Forest, Orson Welles in Carol Reed's The Thin Man and Valentina Cortese in Jules Dassin's Thieves' Highway

(top) Orson Welles in Carol Reed's The Third Man (bottom; left to right) Carol Reed having tea on the Third Man set; Alec Guinness in Robert Hamer's Kind Hearts and Coronets, Bette Davis in King Vidor's Beyond the Forest, Orson Welles in Carol Reed's The Thin Man and Valentina Cortese in Jules Dassin's Thieves' Highway

Best Picture: The Third Man
Producers: Alexander Korda, Carol Reed, David O. Selznick
Distributor: Selznick Releasing Company
Second Place: The Set-Up
Third Place: Beyond the Forest

Best Director: Carol Reed, The Third Man
Second Place: Robert Wise, The Set-Up
Third Place: King Vidor, Beyond the Forest

Best Actor: Alec Guinness, Kind Hearts and Coronets
Second Place: James Cagney, White Heat
Third Place: Toshiro Mifune, Stray Dog

Best Actress: Bette Davis, Beyond the Forest
Second Place: Setsuko Hara, Late Spring
Third Place: Olivia de Havilland, The Heiress

Best Supporting Actor: Orson Welles, The Third Man
Second Place: Dan Duryea, Criss Cross
Third Place: Ralph Richardson, The Heiress

Best Supporting Actress: Valentina Cortese, Thieves' Highway
Second Place: Miriam Hopkins, The Heiress
Third Place: Judy Holliday, Adam's Rib

(left to right) Jour de Fete (dir: Jacques Tati), The Third Man (dir: Carol Reed), The Set-Up (dir: Robert Wise), Late Spring (dir: Yosujiro Ozu), The Heiress (dir: William Wyler)

(left to right) Jour de Fete (dir: Jacques Tati), The Third Man (dir: Carol Reed), The Set-Up (dir: Robert Wise), Late Spring (dir: Yosujiro Ozu), The Heiress (dir: William Wyler)

Best Original Screenplay: Jacques Tati, Henri Marquet and Rene Wheeler, Jour de Fete
Second Place: Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, White Heat
Third Place: Ryuzo Kikushima and Akira Kurosawa, Stray Dog

Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Greene, The Third Man
Second Place: Robert Hamer and John Dighton, Kinds Hearts and Coronets
Third Place: Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz, The Heiress

Best Cinematography: Robert Krasker, The Third Man
Second Place: Paul Burks, Beyond the Forest
Third Place: Paul Vogel, Battleground

Best Film Editing: Roland Gross, The Set-Up
Second Place: Oswald Hafenrichter, The Third Man
Third Place: John Dunning, Battleground

Best Original Score: Anton Karas, The Third Man
Second Place: Miklos Rozsa, Criss Cross
Third Place: Aaron Copland, The Heiress

Best Production Design: Tatsuo Hamada and Mototsugu Komaki, Late Spring 
Second Place: Edward Carrere and William Kuehl, The Fountainhead
Third Place: Harry Horner and Emile Kuri, The Heiress

Best Costume Design: Edith Head, The Heiress
Second Place: Anthony Mendleson, Kind Hearts and Coronets
Third Place: Walter Plunkett, Little Women


1948

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(Top) Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan in Max Ophuls' Letter from an Unknown Woman (left to right) Max Ophuls on the set of Letter from an Unknown Woman; Ralph Richardson in Carol Reed's The Fallen Idol, Joan Fontaine in Max Ophuls' Letter from an Unknown Woman, Montgomery Clift in Howard Hawks' Red River and Ethel Barrymore in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie

(Top) Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan in Max Ophuls' Letter from an Unknown Woman (left to right) Max Ophuls on the set of Letter from an Unknown Woman; Ralph Richardson in Carol Reed's The Fallen Idol, Joan Fontaine in Max Ophuls' Letter from an Unknown Woman, Montgomery Clift in Howard Hawks' Red River and Ethel Barrymore in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie

Best Picture: Letter from an Unknown Woman
Producers: Nate Blumberg, Joan Fontaine, John Houseman
US Distributor: Universal
Second Place: Bicycle Thieves
Third Place: The Red Shoes

Best Director: Max Ophuls, Letter from an Unknown Woman
Second Place: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Red Shoes
Third Place: Vittorio de Sica, Bicycle Thieves

Best Actor: Ralph Richardson, The Fallen Idol
Second Place: Humphrey Bogart, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Third Place: John Garfield, Force of Evil

Best Actress: Joan Fontaine, Letter from an Unknown Woman
Second Place: Jennifer Jones, Portrait of Jennie
Third Place: Irene Dunne, I Remember Mama

Best Supporting Actor: Montgomery Clift, Red River
Second Place: Walter Huston, The Treasure of Sierra Madre
Third Place: Edward G. Robinson, Key Largo

Best Supporting Actress: Ethel Barrymore, Portrait of Jennie
Second Place: Jean Simmons, Hamlet
Third Place: Barbara Lawrence, Unfaithfully Yours

(left to right) Unfaithfully Yours (dir: Preston Sturges), The Red Shoes (dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger), Bicycle Thieves (dir: Vittoria De Sica)

(left to right) Unfaithfully Yours (dir: Preston Sturges), The Red Shoes (dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger), Bicycle Thieves (dir: Vittoria De Sica)

Best Original Screenplay: Preston Sturges, Unfaithfully Yours
Second Place: Roberto Rossellini, Carlo Lizzani, Max Colpert, Germany Year Zero
Third Place: Malvin Wald and Albert Mantz, The Naked City

Best Adapted Screenplay: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger and Keith Winter, The Red Shoes
Second Place: John Huston, The Treasure of Sierra Madre
Third Place: Borden Chase and Charles Schnee, Red River

Best Cinematography: Jack Cardiff, The Red Shoes
Second Place: Franz Planer, Letter from an Unknown Woman
Third Place: Nicholas Musuraca, I Remember Mama

Best Film Editing: Eraldo Da Roma, Bicycle Thieves
Second Place: Reginald Mills, The Red Shoes
Third Place: Owen Marks, The Treasure of Sierra Madre

Best Original Score: Brian Easdale, The Red Shoes
Second Place: Max Steiner, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Third Place: Dimitri Tiomkin, Red River

Best Production Design: Hein Heckroth and Arthur Lawson, The Red Shoes
Second Place: Alexander Golitzen, Russell A. Gausman and Ruby R. Levitt, Letter from an Unknown Woman
Third Place: Vincent Korda and James Sawyer, The Fallen Idol

Best Costume Design: Hein Heckroth, The Red Shoes
Second Place: Travis Banton, Letter from an Unknown Woman
Third Place: Margaret Furse, Oliver Twist


 1947

(top) Charles Chaplin in Monsieur Verdoux (bottom, left to right) Charles Chaplin on the set of Monsieur Verdoux; Robert Mitchum in Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past, Deborah Kerr in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Black Narcissus, Hume Cronyn in Jules Dassin's Brute Force and Gloria Grahame in Edward Dmytryk's Crossfire 

(top) Charles Chaplin in Monsieur Verdoux (bottom, left to right) Charles Chaplin on the set of Monsieur Verdoux; Robert Mitchum in Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past, Deborah Kerr in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Black Narcissus, Hume Cronyn in Jules Dassin's Brute Force and Gloria Grahame in Edward Dmytryk's Crossfire 

Best Picture: Monsieur Verdoux
Producer: Charles Chaplin
US Distributor: United Artists
Second Place: Black Narcissus
Third Place: Quai des Orfevres

Best Director: Charles Chaplin, Monsieur Verdoux
Second Place: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Black Narcissus
Third Place: Henri Georges-Clouzot, Quai des Orfevres

Best Actor: Robert Mitchum, Out of the Past
Second Place: John Garfield, Body and Soul
Third Place: Charles Chaplin, Monsieur Verdoux

Best Actress: Deborah Kerr, Black Narcissus
Second Place: Joan Crawford, Possessed
Third Place: Claire Trevor, Born to Kill

Best Supporting Actor: Hume Cronyn, Brute Force
Second Place: Robert Ryan, Crossfire
Third Place: Richard Widmark, Kiss of Death

Best Supporting Actress: Gloria Grahame, Crossfire
Second Place: Celeste Holme, Gentleman's Agreement
Third Place: Natalie Wood, Miracle on 34th Street

(left to right) The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (dir: Yosujiro Ozu), Quai des Orfeyres (dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot), Black Narcissus (dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger), Brute Force (dir: Jules Dassin)

(left to right) The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (dir: Yosujiro Ozu), Quai des Orfeyres (dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot), Black Narcissus (dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger), Brute Force (dir: Jules Dassin)

Best Original Screenplay: Yasujiro Ozu and Tadao Ikeda, The Record of a Tenement Gentleman
Second Place: Charles Chaplin and Orson Welles, Monsieur Verdoux
Third Place: F.L. Green and R.C. Sheriff, Odd Man Out

Best Adapted Screenplay: Henri-Georges Clouzot and Jean Ferry, Quai des Orfeyres
Second Place: Geoffrey Homes, Out of the Past
Third Place: John Paxton, Crossfire

Best Cinematography: Jack Cardiff, Black Narcissus
Second Place: Nicholas Musuraca, Out of the Past
Third Place: Charles Lawton Jr., Rudolph Mate and Joseph Walker, The Lady from Shanghai

Best Film Editing: Reginald Mills, Black Narcissus
Second Place: Edward Curtiss, Brute Force
Third Place: Robert Parrish, Body and Soul

Best Original Score: Miklos Rozsa, Brute Force
Second Place: Franz Waxman, Possessed
Third Place: Roy Webb, Out of the Past

Best Production Design: Alfred Junge, Black Narcissus
Second Place: John Beckman, Monsieur Verdoux
Third Place: Lyle Wheeler, J. Russell Spencer and Thomas Little, Nightmare Alley

Best Costume Design: Hein Heckroth, Black Narcissus
Second Place: Drew Tetrick, Monsieur Verdoux
Third Place: Marjorie Best, Life with Father


1946

(top) Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep (bottom, left to right) Howard Hawks in 1946, John Garfield and Lana Turner in Tay Garnett's The Postman Always Rings Twice, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Raines in Alfred Hitcock's Notorious and Jean Simmons in David Lean's Great Expectations

(top) Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep (bottom, left to right) Howard Hawks in 1946, John Garfield and Lana Turner in Tay Garnett's The Postman Always Rings Twice, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Raines in Alfred Hitcock's Notorious and Jean Simmons in David Lean's Great Expectations

Best Picture: The Big Sleep
Producers: Howard Hawks, Jack L. Warner
US Distributor: Warner Brothers
Second Place: Beauty and the Beast
Third Place: My Darling Clementine

Best Director: Howard Hawks, The Big Sleep
Second Place: Jean Cocteau, Beauty and the Beast
Third Place: John Ford, My Darling Clementine

Best Actor: John Garfield, The Postman Always Rings Twice
Second Place: Henry Fonda, My Darling Clementine
Third Place: James Stewart, It's a Wonderful Life

Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman, Notorious
Second Place: Dorothy McGuire, The Spiral Staircase
Third Place: Lana Turner, The Postman Always Rings Twice

Best Supporting Actor: Claude Rains, Notorious
Second Place: Bernard Miles, Great Expectations
Third Place: Roger Livesey, A Matter of Life and Death

Best Supporting Actress: Jean Simmons, Great Expectations
Second Place: Kim Hunter, A Matter of Life and Death
Third Place: Lillian Gish, Duel in the Sun

(left to right) Notorious (dir: Alfred Hitchcock), The Big Sleep (dir: Howard Hawks), Beauty and the Beast (dir: Jean Cocteau), Duel in the Sun (dir: King Vidor), A Matter of Life and Death (dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)

(left to right) Notorious (dir: Alfred Hitchcock), The Big Sleep (dir: Howard Hawks), Beauty and the Beast (dir: Jean Cocteau), Duel in the Sun (dir: King Vidor), A Matter of Life and Death (dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)

Best Original Screenplay: Ben Hecht, Notorious
Second Place: Sergio Amidei, Adolfo Franci, Cesare G. Viola and Cesare Zavattini, Shoeshine
Third Place: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, A Matter of Life and Death

Best Adapted Screenplay: William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman, The Big Sleep
Second Place: Samuel G. Engel and Winston Miller, My Darling Clementine
Third Place: John Huston, Anthony Veiller and Richard Brooks, The Killers

Best Cinematography: Henri Alekan, Beauty and the Beast
Second Place: Jack Cardiff, A Matter of Life and Death
Third Place: Rudolph Mate, Gilda

Best Film Editing: Christian Nyby, The Big Sleep
Second Place: Arthur Hilton, The Killers
Third Place: George White, The Postman Always Rings Twice

Best Original Score: Dimitri Tiomkin, Duel in the Sun
Second Place: Cyril Mockridge, My Darling Clementine
Third Place: Georges Auric, Beauty and the Beast

Best Production Design:  Alfred Junge, A Matter of Life and Death
Second Place: John Bryan and Wilfred Shingleton, Great Expectations
Third Place: Christian Berard and Lucien Carre,  Beauty and the Beast

Best Costume Design: Anthony Castillo, Marcelo Escoffier and Christian Berard, Beauty and the Beast
Second Place: Fred Valles, The Yearling
Third Place: Jean Louis, Gilda


1945

(top) Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea in Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street (bottom; left to right) Fritz Lang on the set of Scarlet Street, Boris Karloff in Robert Wise's The Body Snatcher, Dan Duryea and Joan Bennett in Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street and Angela Lansbury in Albert Lewin's The Picture of Dorian Gray 

(top) Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea in Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street (bottom; left to right) Fritz Lang on the set of Scarlet Street, Boris Karloff in Robert Wise's The Body Snatcher, Dan Duryea and Joan Bennett in Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street and Angela Lansbury in Albert Lewin's The Picture of Dorian Gray 

Best Picture: Scarlet Street
Producers: Fritz Lang, Walter Wanger
US Distributor: Universal
Second Place: Children of Paradise
Third Place: Brief Encounter

Best Director: Fritz Lang, Scarlet Street
Second Place: Marcel Carne, Children of Paradise
Third Place: David Lean, Brief Encounter

Best Actor: Boris Karloff, The Body Snatcher
Second Place: Edward G. Robinson, Scarlet Street
Third Place: Nikolay Cherkasov, Ivan the Terrible, Part I

Best Actress: Joan Bennett, Scarlet Street
Second Place: Celia Johnson, Brief Encounter
Third Place: Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce

Best Supporting Actor: Dan Duryea, Scarlet Street
Second Place: Michael Redgrave, Dead of Night
Third Place: George Sanders, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Best Supporting Actress: Angela Lansbury, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Second Place: Anna Magnani, Rome: Open City
Third Place: Eve Arden, Mildred Pierce

(left to right) Children of Paradise (dir: Marcel Carne), Brief Encounter (dir: David Lean), Leave Her to Heaven (dir: John M. Stahl), Rome: Open City (dir: Roberto Rossellini), Spellbound (dir: Alfred Hitchcock)

(left to right) Children of Paradise (dir: Marcel Carne), Brief Encounter (dir: David Lean), Leave Her to Heaven (dir: John M. Stahl), Rome: Open City (dir: Roberto Rossellini), Spellbound (dir: Alfred Hitchcock)

Best Original Screenplay: Jacques Prevert, Children of Paradise
Second Place: Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini and Roberto Rossellini, Rome: Open City
Third Place: Martin Goldsmith, Detour

Best Adapted Screenplay: David Lean, Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan, Brief Encounter
Second Place: Ranald McDougall, Mildred Pierce
Third Place: Dudley Nichols, Scarlet Street

Best Cinematography: Leon Shamroy, Leave Her to Heaven
Second Place: Robert Krasker, I Know Where I'm Going!
Third Place: Milton Krasner, Scarlet Street

Best Film Editing: Eraldo Da Roma, Rome: Open City
Second Place: Arthur Hilton, Scarlet Street
Third Place: Jack Harris, Brief Encounter

Best Original Score: Miklos Rosza, Spellbound
Second Place: Miklos Rosza, The Lost Weekend
Third Place: Victor Young, Love Letters

Best Production Design: Leon Barsaqc, Alex Turner and Raymond Gabutti, Children of Paradise
Second Place: Maurice Ransford, Lyle Wheeler, Thomas Little and Ernest Lansing, Leave Her to Heaven
Third Place: Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters and Edwin B. Willis, The Portrait of Dorian Gray

Best Costume Design: Kay Nelson, Leave Her to Heaven
Second Place: Antoine Malliarakis, Children of Paradise
Third Place: Bonnie Cashin, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


1944

(top) Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines and William Demearest in Preston Stuges' Hail the Conquering Hero (bottom, left to right) Preston Sturges in 1944; Edward G. Robinson in Fritz Lang's The Woman in the Window, Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity, William Demarest in Preston Sturges' Hail the Conquering Hero and Margaret O'Brien in Vincente Minelli's Meet Me in St. Louis

(top) Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines and William Demearest in Preston Stuges' Hail the Conquering Hero (bottom, left to right) Preston Sturges in 1944; Edward G. Robinson in Fritz Lang's The Woman in the Window, Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity, William Demarest in Preston Sturges' Hail the Conquering Hero and Margaret O'Brien in Vincente Minelli's Meet Me in St. Louis

Best Picture: Hail the Conquering Hero
Producers: Buddy G. DeSylva, Preston Sturges
US Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Second Place: Lifeboat
Third Place: The Woman in the Window

Best Director: Preston Sturges, Hail the Conquering Hero
Second Place: Alfred Hitchcock, Lifeboat
Third Place: Fritz Lang, The Woman in the Window

Best Actor: Edward G. Robinson, The Woman in the Window
Second Place: Cary Grant, Arsenic and Old Lace
Third Place: Fred MacMurray, Double Indemnity

Best Actress: Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity
Second Place: Joan Bennet, The Woman in the Window
Third Place: Tallulah Bankhead, Lifeboat

Best Supporting Actor: William Demarest, Hail the Conquering Hero
Second Place: Edward G. Robinson, Double Indemnity
Third Place: Dan Duryea, The Woman in the Window

Best Supporting Actress: Margaret O'Brien, Meet Me in St. Louis
Second Place: Angela Lansbury, Gaslight
Third Place: Josephine Hull, Arsenic and Old Lace

(left to right) Hail the Conquering Hero (dir: Preston Sturges), Double Indemnity (dir: Billy Wilder), Ministry of Fear (dir: Fritz Lang), Lifeboat (dir: Alfred Hitchcock), Gaslight (dir: George Cukor), Meet Me in St. Louis (dir: Vincente Minnelli)

(left to right) Hail the Conquering Hero (dir: Preston Sturges), Double Indemnity (dir: Billy Wilder), Ministry of Fear (dir: Fritz Lang), Lifeboat (dir: Alfred Hitchcock), Gaslight (dir: George Cukor), Meet Me in St. Louis (dir: Vincente Minnelli)

Best Original Screenplay: Preston Sturges, Hail the Conquering Hero
Second Place: John Steinbeck and Jo Swirling, Lifeboat
Third Place: Preston Sturges, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

Best Adapted Screenplay: Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder, Double Indemnity
Second Place: Jay Dratler, Betty Reinhardt and Samuel Hoffenstein, Laura
Third Place: Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein, Mr. Skeffington

Best Cinematography: Henry Sharp, Ministry of Fear
Second Place: Joseph LaShelle, Laura
Third Place: John Seitz, Double Indemnity

Best Film Editing: Dorothy Spencer, Lifeboat
Second Place: Marjorie Fowler, Gene Fowler Jr. and Thomas Pratt, The Woman in the Window
Third Place: Stuart Gilmore, Hail the Conquering Hero

Best Original Score: Miklos Rozsa, Double Indemnity
Second Place: David Raksin, Laura
Third Place: Roy Webb, The Curse of the Cat People

Best Production Design: Cedric Gibbons, William Ferrari, Edwin B. Wallis and Paul Huldschinsky, Gaslight
Second Place: Hans Drier, Hal Pereira and Bertram Granger, Ministry of Fear
Third Place: Lemuel Ayers, Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith and Edwin B. Willis, Meet Me in St. Louis

Best Costume Design: Irene Sharaff, Meet Me in St. Louis
Second Place: Orry-Kelly, Mr. Skeffington
Third Place: Edith Head, Ministry of Fear


1943

(top) A sleepwalking Christine Gordon and her caretaker Frances Zee encounter a ceremony in Jacques Tourneur's I Walked with a Zombie (bottom, left to right) Jacques Tourneur on the I Walked with a Zombie set, Joseph Cotten in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, Jean Arthur in George Stevens' The More the Merrier, Dana Andrews in William A. Wellman's The Ox-Bow Incident and Marsha Hunt in Clarence Brown's The Human Comedy

(top) A sleepwalking Christine Gordon and her caretaker Frances Zee encounter a ceremony in Jacques Tourneur's I Walked with a Zombie (bottom, left to right) Jacques Tourneur on the I Walked with a Zombie set, Joseph Cotten in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, Jean Arthur in George Stevens' The More the Merrier, Dana Andrews in William A. Wellman's The Ox-Bow Incident and Marsha Hunt in Clarence Brown's The Human Comedy

Best Picture: I Walked with a Zombie
Producer: Val Lewton
US Distributor: RKO Pictures
Second Place: The Ox-Bow Incident
Third Place: Hangmen Also Die!

Best Director: Jacques Tourneur, I Walked with a Zombie
Second Place: William A. Wellman, The Ox-Bow Incident
Third Place: Alfred Hitchcock, Shadow of a Doubt

Best Actor: Joseph Cotten, Shadow of a Doubt
Second Place: Roger Livesey, The Life and Times of Colonel Blimp
Third Place: Joel McCrea, The More the Merrier

Best Actress: Jean Arthur, The More the Merrier
Second Place: Joan Fonatine, The Constant Nymph
Third Place: Lisbeth Movin, Day of Wrath

Best Supporting Actor: Dana Andrews, The Ox-Bow Incident
Second Place: Alexander Granach, Hangmen Also Die!
Third Place: Charles Coburn, The More the Merrier

Best Supporting Actress: Marsha Hunt, The Human Comedy
Second Place: Anna Svierkier, Day of Wrath
Third Place: Patricia Collinge, Shadow of a Doubt

(left to right) The Life and Times of Colonel Blimp (dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger), The Ox-Bow Incident (dir: William A. Wellman), I Walked with a Zombie (dir: Jacques Tourneur), Shadow of a Doubt (dir: Alfred Hitchcock), Heaven Can Wait (dir: Ernst Lubitsch)

(left to right) The Life and Times of Colonel Blimp (dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger), The Ox-Bow Incident (dir: William A. Wellman), I Walked with a Zombie (dir: Jacques Tourneur), Shadow of a Doubt (dir: Alfred Hitchcock), Heaven Can Wait (dir: Ernst Lubitsch)

Best Original Screenplay: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Life and Times of Colonel Blimp
Second Place: Bertold Brecht, Fritz Land and John Wexley, Hangmen Also Die!
Third Place: Charles O'Neal and DeWitt Bodeen, The Seventh Victim

Best Adapted Screenplay: Lamar Trotti, The Ox-Bow Incident
Second Place: Thornton Wilder, Alma Reville and Sally Benson, Shadow of a Doubt
Third Place:: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Poal Knudson and Mogans Skot-Hansen, Day of Wrath

Best Cinematography: J. Roy Hunt, I Walked with a Zombie
Second Place: Robert De Grasse, The Leopard Man
Third Place: Nicholas Hayer, Le Corbeau

Best Film Editing: Milton Carruth, Shadow of a Doubt
Second Place: Anne Marie Petersen and Edith Schlüssel, Day of Wrath
Third Place: Mario Serandrei, Ossessione

Best Original Score: Roy Webb, I Walked with a Zombie
Second Place: Hanns Eisler, Hangmen Also Die!
Third Place: Alfred Newman, The Song of Bernadette

Best Production Design: John B. Goodman and R.A. Gausman, Shadow of a Doubt
Second Place: Erik Aes and Lis Fribet, Day of Wrath
Third Place: Alexander Golitzen, John B. Goodman, Russell Gausman and Ira Webb, Phantom of the Opera

Best Costume Design Rene Hubert, Heaven Can Wait
Second Place: Vera West, Phantom of the Opera
Third Place: Orry Kelly, The Constant Nymph


1942

(top) Jack Benny and Carole Lombard in Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be (bottom, left to right) Ernst Lubitsch in 1942; Humphrey Bogart in Michael Curtiz's Casablanca, Claudette Colbert in Preston Sturges' The Palm Beach Story, Henry Victor in Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be and Agnes Moorehead in Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons

(top) Jack Benny and Carole Lombard in Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be (bottom, left to right) Ernst Lubitsch in 1942; Humphrey Bogart in Michael Curtiz's Casablanca, Claudette Colbert in Preston Sturges' The Palm Beach Story, Henry Victor in Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be and Agnes Moorehead in Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons

Best Picture: To Be or Not to Be
Producers: Alexander Korda, Ernst Lubitsch
US Distributor: United Artists
Second Place: Cat People
Third Place: The Magnificent Ambersons

Best Director: Ernst Lubitsch, To Be or Not to Be
Second Place: Jacques Tourneur, Cat People
Third Place: Orson Welles, The Magnificent Ambersons

Best Actor: Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca
Second Place: Jack Benny, To Be or Not to Be
Third Place: Joel McCrea, The Palm Beach Story

Best Actress: Claudette Colbert, The Palm Beach Story
Second Place: Bette Davis, Now, Voyager
Third Place: Carole Lombard, To Be or Not to Be

Best Supporting Actor: Henry Victor, To Be or Not to Be
Second Place: Tim Holt, The Magnificent Ambersons
Third Place: Claude Raines, Casablanca

Best Supporting Actress: Agnes Moorehead, The Magnificent Ambersons
Second Place: Gladys Cooper, Now, Voyager
Third Place: Simone Simon, Cat People

(left to right) To Be or Not to Be (dir: Ernst Lubitsch), Casablanca (dir: Michael Curtiz), Cat People (dir: Jacques Tourneur), The Magnificent Amebersons (dir: Orson Welles)

(left to right) To Be or Not to Be (dir: Ernst Lubitsch), Casablanca (dir: Michael Curtiz), Cat People (dir: Jacques Tourneur), The Magnificent Amebersons (dir: Orson Welles)

Best Original Screenplay: Edwin Justus Meyer and Melchior Lengyel, To Be or Not to Be
Second Place: Preston Sturges, The Palm Beach Story
Third Place: Peter Vietrel, Joan Harrison, Dorothy Parker and Alfred Hitchcock, Saboteur

Best Adapted Screenplay: Julius Epstein, Philip Epstein and Howard Koch, Casablanca
Second Place: Orson Welles, The Magnificent Ambersons
Third Place: Robert Pirosh and Marc Connelly, I Married a Witch

Best Cinematography: Nicholas Musuraca, Cat People
Second Place: Stanley Cortez, The Magnificent Ambersons
Third Place: Joseph Valentine, Saboteur

Best Film Editing: Mark Robson and Robert Wise, Cat People
Second Place: Owen Marks, Casablanca 
Third Place: Dorothy Spencer, To Be or Not to Be 

Best Original Score: Max Steiner, Casablanca
Second Place: Bernard Herrmann, The Magnificent Ambersons
Third Place: Roy Webb, Cat People

Best Production Design: Alberto S. D'Agostino and Daniel Silvera, The Magnificent Ambersons
Second Place: Carl Jules Weyl and George James Hopkins, Casablanca
Third Place: Vincent Korda, J. McMillan Johnson and Jack Okey, Jungle Book

Best Costume Design: Edward Stevenson, The Magnificent Ambersons
Second Place: Milo Anderson, Yankee Doodle Dandy
Third Place: Edith Head, I Married a Witch


1941

(top) Orson Welles and Ray Collins in Welles' Citizen Kane (left to right) Orson Welles presents Orson Welles in Citizen Kane, Barbara Stanwyck in Howard Hawks' Ball of Fire, Peter Lorre in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon and Veronica Lake in Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels

(top) Orson Welles and Ray Collins in Welles' Citizen Kane (left to right) Orson Welles presents Orson Welles in Citizen Kane, Barbara Stanwyck in Howard Hawks' Ball of Fire, Peter Lorre in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon and Veronica Lake in Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels

Best Picture: Citizen Kane
Producer: Orson Welles
US Distributor: RKO Pictures
Second Place: Sullivan's Travels
Third Place: Dumbo

Best Director: Orson Welles, Citizen Kane
Second Place: Preston Sturges, Sullivan's Travels
Third Place: Howard Hawks, Ball of Fire

Best Actor:  Orson Welles, Citizen Kane
Second Place: Joel McCrea, Sullivan's Travels
Third Place: Humphrey Bogart, The Maltese Falcon

Best Actress: Barbara Stanwyck, Ball of Fire
Second Place: Barbara Stanwyck, The Lady Eve
Third Place: Joan Fontaine, Suspicion

Best Supporting Actor: Peter Lorre, The Maltese Falcon
Second Place: Joseph Cotten, Citizen Kane
Third Place: Sydney Greenstreet, The Maltese Falcon

Best Supporting Actress: Veronica Lake, Sullivan's Travels
Second Place: Teresa Wright, The Little Foxes
Third Place: Maria Ouspenskaya, The Wolf Man

(left to right) Sullivan's Travels (dir: Preston Sturges), The Maltese Falcon (dir: John Huston), Citizen Kane (dir: Orson Welles)

(left to right) Sullivan's Travels (dir: Preston Sturges), The Maltese Falcon (dir: John Huston), Citizen Kane (dir: Orson Welles)

Best Original Screenplay: Preston Sturges, Sullivan’s Travels
Second Place: Orson Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, Citizen Kane
Third Place: Preston Sturges and Monckton Hoff, The Lady Eve

Best Adapted Screenplay: John Huston, The Maltese Falcon
Second Place: Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes
Third Place: Dudley Nichols, Man Hunt

Best Cinematography: Gregg Toland, Citizen Kane
Second Place: Kojei Sugiyama, The 47 Ronin
Third Place: Freddie Young, The 49th Parallel

Best Film Editing: Robert Wise, Citizen Kane
Second Place: Stuart Gilmore, Sullivan's Travels
Third Place: Daniel Mandell, Ball of Fire

Best Original Score: Bernard Hermann, Citizen Kane
Second Place: Meredith Willson, The Little Foxes
Third Place: Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace, Dumbo

Best Production Design: Van Nest Polglase and Darrell Silvera, Citizen Kane
Second Place: Richard Day, Nathan Juran and Thomas Little, How Green Was My Valley
Third Place: Lionel Banks, Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Best Costume Design: Edith Head, Sullivan's Travels
Second Place: Rene Hubert, The Hamilton Woman
Third Place: Ryuzo Kawada and Yoshisaburo Okumura, The 47 Ronin


1940

(top) June Duprez in Michael Powell and Alexander Korda's The Thief of Bagdad (bottom, left to right) Michael Powell in 1940; Henry Fonda in John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath, Rosalind Russell in Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday, Rex Ingram in Michael Powell's The Thief of Bagdad and Judith Anderson in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca

(top) June Duprez in Michael Powell and Alexander Korda's The Thief of Bagdad (bottom, left to right) Michael Powell in 1940; Henry Fonda in John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath, Rosalind Russell in Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday, Rex Ingram in Michael Powell's The Thief of Bagdad and Judith Anderson in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca

Best Picture: The Thief of Bagdad
Producers: Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies
US Distributor: United Artists
Second Place: Pinocchio
Third Place: His Girl Friday

Best Director: Michael Powell, The Thief of Bagdad
*there were three credited directors for The Thief of Bagdad, but because one was fired and no shots of his work remained in the final print and the other followed Powell's template afterthe blitzkreig of World War II forced him to make propaganda films while the producers (awarded above) continued Powell's vision—which is distinctly evident in his color pallet and score selection—as such, Powell is the sole director recipient of this award.
Second Place: Howard Hawks, His Girl Friday
Third Place: John Ford, The Grapes of Wrath

Best Actor: Henry Fonda, The Grapes of Wrath
Second Place: Cary Grant, His Girl Friday
Third Place: W.C. Fields, The Bank Dick

Best Actress: Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday
Second Place: Joan Fontaine, Rebecca
Third Place: Margaret Sullivan, The Shop Around the Corner

Best Supporting Actor: Rex Ingram, The Thief of Bagdad
Second Place: John Carradine, The Grapes of Wrath
Third Place: Akim Tamiroff, The Great McGinty

Best Supporting Actress: Judith Anderson, Rebecca
Second Place: Ida Lupino, They Drive by Night
Third Place: Ruth Hussey, The Philadelphia Story

(left to right) Christmas in July (dir: Preston Sturges), His Girl Friday (dir: Howard Hawks), The Thief of Bagdad (dir: Michael Powell), Pinocchio (dir: lots of people)

(left to right) Christmas in July (dir: Preston Sturges), His Girl Friday (dir: Howard Hawks), The Thief of Bagdad (dir: Michael Powell), Pinocchio (dir: lots of people)

Best Original Screenplay: Preston Sturges, Christmas in July
Second Place: Charles Chaplin, The Great Dictator
Third Place: W.C. Fields, The Bank Dick

Best Adapted Screenplay: Charles Lederer, His Girl Friday
Second Place: Nunnally Johnson, The Grapes of Wrath
Third Place: Donald Ogden Stuart, The Philadelphia Story

Best Cinematography: Georges Perinal, The Thief of Bagdad
Second Place: Gregg Toland, The Grapes of Wrath
Third Place: Arthur Edeson, They Drive by Night

Best Film Editing: Charles Chrichton, The Thief of Bagdad
Second Place: Dorothy Spencer, Foreign Correspondent
Third Place: Robert Simpson, The Grapes of Wrath

Best Original Score: Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith and Ned Washington, Pinocchio
Second Place: Miklos Rozsa, The Thief of Bagdad
Third Place: Alfred Newman, The Mask of Zorro

Best Production Design: Vincent Korda and William Cameron Menzies, The Thief of Bagdad
Second Place: Lyle Wheeler and William Cameron Menzies, Rebecca
Third Place: James Basevi and Julie Heron, The Westerner

Best Costume Design: John Armstrong, Oliver Messel, Marcel Vertes, The Thief of Bagdad
Second Place: Ted Tetrick, The Great Dictator
Third Place: Robert Kollach, His Girl Friday

 

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