Oscar Actors: Ryan, Robert

Robert Ryan, an excellent actor who specialized in tough roles, usually in film noir, crime policiers, and Westerns, was nominated just once for an Oscar, in 1947, in the supporting category for “Crossfire.”

The winner was vet actor Edmund Gwenn in “Miracle on 34th Street,” in a category that included Charles Bickford in “The Farmer’s Daughter,” Thomas Gomez in “Ride the Pink Horse,” and Richard Widmark in “Kiss of Death.

Oscar Nominations: 5
 
Picture, produced by Adrian Scott
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Screenplay: John Paxton
Supporting Actor: Robert Ryan
Supporting Actress: Gloria Grahame
 
Oscar Awards: None
 
Oscar Context:
 
Edward Dmytryk's "Crossfire" lost in each of its five nominated categories.   That "Gentleman's Agreement" was voted Best Picture for ideological, not artistic, considerations is clear not only from its win over "Crossfire, but also in its win over David Lean's masterpiece, "Great Expectations." The Academy proved that when weighing a film's contents against its style, the former counts more.   The other Best Picture nominees represented lighter fare: "The Bishop's Wife" and "Miracle on 34th Street."