Oscar Movies: Crossfire (1947)

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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.”