Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1938
A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1938, You Can't Take it With You gets top honors.
NOMINEES: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Alexander's Ragtime Band, You Can't Take It with You, Boy's Town, The Citadel, Four Daughters, Grand Illusion, Jezebel, Pygmalion, Test Pilot
THE WINNER: You Can't Take It with You (Columbia)
DIRECTOR: Frank Capra
PLAYERS: Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold
NOMINEES: Leslie Howard (Pygmalion); Robert Donat (The Citadel); James Cagney (Angels with Dirty Faces); Charles Boyer (Algiers); Spencer Tracy (Boy's Town)
THE WINNER: Spencer Tracy
NOMINEES: Fay Bainter (White Banners); Bette Davis (Jezebel); Wendy Hiller (Pygmalion); Norma Shearer (Marie Antoinette); Margaret Sullavan (Three Comrades)
THE WINNER: Bette Davis
Behind the Oscar
Both Tracy and Davis won for the 2nd time. Only major protest over any award came from the winner of the Best Screenplay category. This was 82-year-old George Bernard Shaw, whose scenario of Pygmalion had been honored with an Oscar. Roared GBS from London: "It's an insult! It's perfect nonsense. My position as a playwright is known throughout the world. To offer me an award of this sort is an insult, as if they have never heard of me before--and it's very likely they never had."
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