Oscar Movies: Heaven Can Wait (1943)


Oscar Nominations: 3

Picture, produced by Ernst Lubitsch
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Cinematography (color): Edward Cronjager

Oscar Awards: None

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, “Heaven Can Wait” competed for the Best Picture with “Casablanca” (which won), “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “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” (12), followed by “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (9). Though at the top of his form, Bogart lost the Actor Oscar to Paul Lukas for “Watch on the Rhine,” which won the Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Michael Curtiz won the Director Oscar for “Casablanca,” and “The Phantom of the Opera” won the Color Cinematography and Interior Decoration.