Oscar Movies: Sergeant York (1941)


Oscar Nominations: 11

Picture, produced by Jesse L. Lasky and Hal B. Wallis
Director: Howard Hawks
Screenplay (Original): Harry Chandlee, Abem Finkel, John Huston, and Howard Koch
Actor: Gary Cooper
Supporting Actor: Walter Brennan
Supporting Actress: Margaret Wycherly
Cinematography (b/w): Sol Polito
Interior Decoration (b/w): John Hughes, art direction; Fred McLean, set decoration
Sound Recording: Nathan Levinson
Scoring (Dramatic): Max Steiner
Film Editing: William Holmes

Oscar Awards: 2


Oscar Context

John Ford's “How Green Was My Valley” was selected as Best Picture by the Academy while the U.S. had already been involved in the War. The film's warmly sympathetic depiction of family unity must have hit deep chords in the country's collective consciousness, which may explain, at least in part, why its two major competitors, Orson Welles's masterpiece, “Citizen Kane” and William Wyler's “The Little Foxes,” each with nine nominations, were the big losers. Both films, and particularly “Little Foxes,” represented dark and somber visions of the American family. Once again, the “right” contents and ideological approach made the difference, though it's noteworthy that “How Green” was as visually distinguishable as it was thematically acceptable.

The most nominated film in 1941 was Howard Hawks' patriotic saga, “Sergeant York,” which received 11 nominations and won two: Gary Cooper as Best Actor and Film Editing for William Holmes.