Oscar: Actors in George Cukor’s Movies at the Oscars–Winners and Nominees

Cukor Actors at the Oscars

Many actors were nominated for their performances in a movie directed by George Cukor, Hollywood’s best actor director.


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Six performers had actually won the Oscar Award, all in the lead categories:

Fredric March in The Royal Family of Broadway

James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story

Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight

Ronald Colman in A Double Life

Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday

Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady.


Other players nominated for an Oscar in a Cukor film include:

Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet

Greta Garbo in Camille

Charles Boyer in Gaslight

Deborah Kerr in Edward, My Son

Anna Magnani and Anthony Quinn in Wild Is the Wind

Stanley Holloway and Gladys Cooper in My Fair Lady

Maggie Smith in Travels with My Aunt.

Cukor should also be credited for one of the most memorable performances by the legendary W.C. Fields, cast as Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield.

Woman’s Director???

Cukor’s intuitive understanding of temperamental actresses (Garbo, Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Tallulah Bankhead) labelled him as a “woman’s director,” one who presumably preferred to work with actresses and allegedly got better results from actresses than from actors.  This label was not only incorrect, but most damaging to his reputation.  He himself resented it, though pretended it did not bother him.  “Women’s director!” Cukor said with a touch of irritation in l981, “Well, I’m very pleased to be considered a master of anything, but remember, for every Jill there was a Jack.  People like to pigeonhole you–it’s a shortcut, I guess, but once they do, you’re stuck with it.”

On another occasion, charged with being a woman’s director, he carefully set the record straight: “Actors have fared equally well under my direction. Stewart and Colman, for instance, won Academy Awards; Sylvia Scarlett gave Cary Grant his first real stature; Camille broke the ‘pretty boy’ stigma for Robert Taylor; and Charles Boyer drew great acclaim for Gaslight.”  Cukor could have included among his credits other great male performances: Joel McCrea in Girls About Town; Melvyn Douglas in A Woman’s Face and Two-Faced Woman; Spencer Tracy’s work in a number of films; William Holden and Broderick Crawford in Born Yesterday; Jack Lemmon in It Should Happen to You; Rex Harrison’s Oscar-winning for My Fair Lady; Anthony Quinn and Anthony Franciosa in Wild Is the Wind, etc, etc.