Oscar Movies: Boys Town


Oscar Nominations: 5

Picture, produced by John W. Considine, Jr.
Director: Norman Taurog
Actor: Spencer Tracy
Screenplay: John Meehan and Dore Schary
Original Story: Eleanore Griffin and Dore Schary

Oscar Awards: 2

Original Story

Oscar Context

Frank Capra's Oscar-winner “You Can't Take It With You” competed for the Best Picture with nine other films: “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “Alexander's Ragtime Band,” “Boys Town,” “The Citadel,” “Four Daughters,” “La Grande Illusion” (“Grand Illusion,” Renoir's French film), “Jezebel,” “Pygmalion,” and “Test Pilot.”

The two studios that had the largest number of nominated films were MGM and Warner, each with three. The most nominated film was Columbia's “You Can't Take It Away from Me,” surprisingly a comedy, with 7 nods, winning 3.

Spencer Tracy won a second consecutive Best Actor for “Boys Town,” thus becoming the Oscar-winner to achieve that, following Luise Rainer, who won the Best Actress in 1936 and 1937. This was Tracy third consecutive nod; the first was in 1936 for “San Francisco.” Tracy would received six more nominations (in 1950, 1955, 19558, 1960, 1961, and 1967 (for his last film, “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner”).

In 1937, Spencer Tracy competed for the Best Actor Oscar with Charles Boyer in “Conquest,” Fredric March in “A Star Is Born,” Robert Montgomery in “Night Must Fall,” and Paul Muni in “The Life of Emile Zola.”

March, who had won a Best Actor early on in his career, received a second one in 1946 for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Paul Muni earned a Best Actor the year before for another biopic, “The Story of Louis Pasteur.” Despite multiple nominations, Charles Boyer never won a legit Oscar. This was Montgomery's only Oscar nomination.

Oscar Records

Frank Capra became the first filmmaker to win three Best Director Oscars in a very short period of time (1934, 1936, 1938). His decline in the 1950s would be just as rapid as his rise to success in the 1930s.