Oscar Movies: Wake Island (Best Picture Nominee–WWII Movie)

Oscar Nominations

Picture, produced by Joseph Sistrom
Director: John Farrow
Supporting Actor: William Bendix
Screenplay (Original): W. R. Burnett and Frank Butler

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

Easily one of the worst films to have won 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.

The Screenplay Oscar went to Ring Lardner Jr. and Michael Kanin for the comedy Woman of the Year, the first teaming of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

The winner of the Supporting Actor was Van Heflin for Johnny Eager.