Oscar Movies: Random Harvest (1942)


Oscar Nominations: 7

Picture, produced by Sidney Franklin
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Actor: Ronald Colman
Supporting Actress: Susan Peters
Screenplay: George Froeschel, Claudine West, and Arthur Wimperis
Interior Decoration (b/w): Cedric Gibbons and Randall Duell; Edwin B. Willis and Jack Moore
Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: Herbert Sothart

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

Easily one of the worst films to win the Best Picture Oscar, Mrs. Miniver competed against The Invaders, Kings Row, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Pied Piper, The Pride of the Yankees, Random Harvest, The Talk of the Town, Wake Island, and Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Most of these films were patriotic flag-wavers, reflecting the surrounding reality of the U.S. 1941 entry into WWII. Next to Mrs. Miniver, the Gary Cooper sports biopic The Pride of the Yankees, was the most nominated (11) picture, though it won only one Oscar, for Daniel Mandell's editing.

Ronald Colman lost the Bets Actor Oscar to James Cagney, who won for Yankee Doodle Dandy, and the Supporting Actress Oscar went to Teresa Wright for Mrs. Miniver. The Art Direction Oscar went to “This Above All, and Max Steiner won the Scoring award for the Bette Davis melodrama, Now, Voyager.