Oscar Movies: Yearling, The (1946)

MGM

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Oscar Nominations: 7

Picture, produced by Sidney Franklin
Director: Clarence Brown
Actor: Gregory Peck
Actress: Jane Wyman
Editing: Harold Kress
Cinematography (color): Charles Rosher, Leonard Smith, Arthur Arling
Interior Decoration (color): Cedric Gibbons and Paul Groesse, art direction; Edwin B. Willis, set decoration

Oscar Awards: 7 (and Special Award)

Cinematography
Interior Decoration

Oscar Context

“The Best Years of Our Lives” was the most honored film in 1946, receiving the largest number of awards to date, 7 regular and a Special Oscar. It captured the mood of post-War America so effectively and so realistically, that even the more critical reviewers failed to see its flaws at the time.

In 1946, “Best Years of Our Lives” competed for the top award with Olivier's Shakespearean film “Henry V,” Frank Capra's “It's a Wonderful Life,” “The Razor Edge,” based on Somerset Maugham's novel, and Clarence Brown's family melodrama “The Yearling,” co-starring Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman, which received 7 nominations, but only two legit Oscars: Cinematography and Art Direction (both in color)

The only category in which “Best Years” lost was Sound, which went to John Livadary for “The Jolson Story.”

The big loser that year was Capra's fable, which was a commercial failure at the time, but in later years came to be recognized by film critics as his masterpiece.