Oscar Movies: Suspicion (1941)

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Oscar Nominations: 3

Picture
Actress: Joan Fontaine
Scoring (Dramatic): Franz Waxman

Oscar Awards: 1

Actress

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.

Bernard Herrmann, who would do great scores for Hitchcock, won the Scoring Oscar for “All That Money Can Buy.”