Oscar Movies: More the Merrier, The (1943)

Columbia

Oscar Nominations: 6

Picture, produced by George Stevens
Director: George Stevens
Actress: Jean Arthur
Supporting Actor: Charles Coburn
Story (Original): Frank Ross and Robert Russell
Screenplay: Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster, Frank Ross, and Robert Russell

Oscar Awards: 1

Supporting Actor

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, “The More the Merrier” competed for the Best Picture Oscar with “Casablanca” (which won), “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Human Comedy,” “In Which We Serve,” “Madame Curie,” “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).

This was Jean Arthur's only Oscar nomination, but Jennifer Jones won Best Actress for “The Song of Bernadette.” This was the second Supporting nomination for Charles Coburn, who previously was cited for “The Devil and Miss Jones” in 1941 and “The Green Years” in 1946.

“Casablanca” received the Screenplay Oscar, and “The Human Comedy” the Story Oscar.