Oscar Movies: Long Voyage Home, The (1940)

United Artists (Argosy-Walter Wanger)

Oscar Nominations: 6

Picture, produced by John Ford
Screenplay (Adapted): Dudley Nichols
Cinematography (b/w): Gregg Toland
Original Score: Richard Hageman
Film Editing: Sherman Todd
Special Effects: R. T. Layton, R. O. Binger, Thomas T. Moulton

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

In 1940, Hitchcock's Oscar winner “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.”

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

In 1940, “Rebecca” won the Cinematography Oscar (by George Barnes), and “The Thief of Bagdad” Special Effects. Donald Ogden Stewart won the Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “The Philadelphia Story.” Original Score honored “Pinocchio,” and Anne Bauchens won the Editing award for “Northwest Mounted Police.”

The distinguished cinematographer Gregg Toland was first Oscar-nominated for William Wyler's “Dead End,” then four years later for Orson Welles' “Citizen Kane.” He died young and never won a legit Oscar.