Oscar Movies: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)


Oscar Nominations: 10

Picture, produced by Frank Capra
Director: Frank Capra
Original Story: Lewis R. Foster
Screenplay: Sidney Buchman
Actor: James Stewart
Supporting Actor: Claude Raines
Supporting Actor: Harry Carey
Interior Decoration: Lionel Banks
Film Editing: Gene Havlick and Al Clark
Sound Recording: John Livadary

Oscar Awards: 1

Original Story

Oscar Context

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington competed for the Best Picture Oscar with nine other films: Dark Victory, Gone With the Wind, which swept most of the Oscars, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, and Wuthering Heights.

The year's most nominated films were Gone with the Wind, with 11 nods, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, with 10, but winning only one award.

Harry Carey and Claude Rains lost the Supporting Actor Oscar to their colleague in the film, Thomas Mitchell, who won for the alcoholic doctor in “Stagecoach.” In 1939, Mitchell was also seen as Scarlett O'Hara's father in “Gone With the Wind.”

The Best Actor Oscar went to Brit Robert Donat for playing the teacher in the melodrama, “Goodbye Mr. Chips.” The Sound Oscar went to Bernard B. Brown for “When Tomorrow Comes,” and the Scoring Oscar to Richard Hageman, Frank Harling, John Leipold, and Leo Shuken for Stagecoach,” which boasted a nine-minute chase scene.