Oscar Movies: Casablanca (1943)

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This is still one of the most popular films of all times (read Review and Commentary).

Oscar Nominations: 8

Picture, produced by Hal B. Wallis
Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenplay: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, based on the play, “Everybody Goes to Rick's,” by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison
Actor: Humphrey Bogart
Supporting Actor: Claude Rains
Cinematography (b/w): Arthur Edeson
Editing: Owen Marks
Score: Max Steiner

Oscar Awards: 3

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Oscar Context

This was the last year, in which ten films were nominated for Best Picture. In 1944, the top category was standardized to include five nominees (as in most categories).

In 1943, Casablanca competed for the top award with For Whom the Bell Tolls, Heaven Can Wait, The Human Comedy, In Which We Serve, Madame Curie, The More the Merrier, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Song of Bernadette, and Watch on the Rhine.

The most nominated films were The Song of Bernadette (10), followed by For Whom the Bell Tolls (9). Though at the top of his form, Bogart lost the Oscar to Paul Lukas for “Watch on the Rhine,” which won the Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle. Bogart's co-star, Ingrid Bergman was nominated for Best Actress in Paramount's “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” rather than for this picture.