Oscar Movies: Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

MGM

Oscar Nominations: 4

Picture, produced by Irving Asher
Actress: Greer Garson
Cinematography (color): Karl Freund and W. Howard Greene
Interior Decoration (color): Cedric Gibbons and Urie McClearty, art direction; Edwin B. Willis, set decoration

Oscar Awards: 1

Interior Decoration

Oscar Context:

When “How Green Was My Valley” was selected by the Academy s Best Picture, the U.S. had already been involved in the War. The film's warmly sympathetic depiction of family unity must have hit deep chords in the country's collective consciousness, which may explain at least in part why its two major competitors, Orson Welles' masterpiece, “Citizen Kane” and William Wyler's “The Little Foxes,” each with nine nominations, were the losers.

The most nominated film in 1941 was Howard Hawks' patriotic saga, “Sergeant York,” which received 11 nominations and won two: Gary Cooper as Best Actor and Film Editing for William Holmes.

The Cinematography Oscar was won by Ernest Palmer and Ray Rennahan for Blood and Sand.