Oscar Movies: Grapes of Wrath, The


Oscar Nominations: 7

Picture, produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Nunnally Johnson
Director: John Ford
Screenplay (Adapted): Nunnally Johnson
Actor: Henry Fonda
Supporting Actress: Jane Darwell
Sound Recording: E. H. Hansen
Film Editing: Robert E. Simpson

Oscar Awards: 2

Supporting Actress

Oscar Context:

In 1940, Hitchcock's Oscar winning “Rebecca” competed for the top award with nine other films: Hitchcock's own “Foreign Correspondent” (on of his lesser movies), “All This and Heaven Too,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “The Great Dictator,” “Kitty Foyle,” “The Letter,” “The Long Voyage Home,” “Our Town,” and “The Philadelphia Story.”

Like Hitchcock, John Ford had two movies in contention: “The Grapes of Wrath,” starring Henry Fonda, and “The Long Voyage Home,” with John Wayne.

In 1940, the Adapted Screenplay Oscar went to Donald Ogden Stewart for George Cukor's serio comedy, “The Philadelphia Story,” the Editing Oscar to Anne Bauchens for “Northwest Mounted Police,” and the Sound Award to MGM's Douglas Shearer for the popular musical “Strike Up the Band.”