Oscar Movies: Star Is Born, A (1937)

UA (Selznick International Pictures)

Oscar Nominations: 7

Best Picture, produced by David O. Selznick
Director: William A. Wellman
Actor: Frederic March
Actress: Janet Gaynor
Assistant Director: Eric Stacey
Original Story: William A. Wellman and Robert Carson
Screenplay: Alan Campbell, Robert Carson, and Dorothy Parker

Oscar Awards: 2

Original Story
Special Award: W. Howard Greene for the color photography

Oscar Context

In 1937, nine other movies competed with “A Star is Born” for Best Picture, including Warner's biopic “The Life of Emile Zola,” nominated for ten Oscars and wining the top prize, Leo McCarey's marital comedy “The Awful Truth” with six nominations, and Gregory La Cava's backstage drama, “Stage Door,” with four. The other nominees were: William Wyler's social drama set in a New York City slum, “Dead End,” Frank Capra's utopian comedy “Lost Horizon,” and Henry King's adventure “In Old Chicago,” the adaptation of Pearl Buck's novel “The Good Earth,” and the Deana Durbin vehicle, “One Hundred Men and a Girl.”

Next to “The Life of Emile Zola,” the most-nominated films were Fox's adventure “In Old Chicago” and “A Star Is Born.” Only one of the ten nominated pictures was a comedy, Leo McCarey's sublime screwball, “The Awful Truth,” co-starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne at their very best.

The Oscars were spread among eight films; the only two pictures that didn't win any award were “Dead End” and “Stage Door.”