Oscar Movies: Wuthering Heights (1939)–Starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon

United Artists (Samuel Goldwyn Production)

Oscar Nominations: 8

Picture, produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Director: William Wyler
Actor: Laurence Olivier
Supporting Actress: Geraldine Chaplin
Screenplay: Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur
Cinematography (b/w): Gregg Toland
Interior Decoration: James Baservi
Original Score: Alfred Newman

Oscar Awards: 1

Cinematography

Oscar Context

“Wuthering Heights” vied for the Best Picture Oscar with nine other films in what’s considered to be the best year in Hollywood’s history: “Dark Victory,” “Gone With the Wind,” which swept the Oscars, “Goodbye Mr. Chips,” “Love Affair,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Ninotchka,” “Of Mice and Men,” “Stagecoach,” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

This is the only Oscar that Gregg Toland, arguably Hollywood’s brightest cinematographer, had ever won. He’s also known for the imagery of “Citizen Kane” and “The Little Foxes,” both in 1941. Toland died young, at 44, in 1948, but he left a rich, influential legacy behind him.

The Best Actor Oscar went to another Brit, Robert Donat, in “Goodbye Mr. Chips,” and the Supporting Actress to Hattie McDaniel for playing Mammie in “Gone With the Wind.” The Scoring Oscar went to Herbert Stothart for the MGM musical, “The Wizard of Oz.”