Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1942
A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1942, Mrs. Miniver gets top honors.
NOMINEES: The Invaders, Mrs. Miniver, Kings Row, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Pied Piper, Pride of the Yankees, Random Harvest, Talk of the Town, Wake Island, Yankee Doodle Dandy
THE WINNER: Mrs. Miniver (MGM)
DIRECTOR: William Wyler
PLAYERS: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon
NOMINEES: Ronald Colman (Random Harvest); Gary Cooper (Pride of the Yankees); James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy); Walter Pidgeon (Mrs. Miniver); Monty Woolley (The Pied Piper)
THE WINNER: James Cagney
NOMINEES: Bette Davis (Now, Voyager); Greer Garson (Mrs. Miniver); Katharine Hepburn (Woman of the Year); Rosalind Russell (My Sister Eileen); Teresa Wright (Pride of the Yankees)
THE WINNER: Greer Garson
Behind the Oscar
Wartime austerity. The gold-plated bronze Oscar was made of plaster this year. Winning for Mrs. Miniver, best actress Greer Garson started her acceptance speech--and couldn't stop. She rambled on for an hour, the longest speech in Academy history.
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