Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1947

A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1947, Gentleman's Agreement gets top honors.

1947

Best Picture

NOMINEES: The Bishop's Wife, Crossfire, Gentleman's Agreement, Great Expectations, Miracle on 34th Street

THE WINNER: Gentleman's Agreement (20th Century-Fox)

DIRECTOR: Elia Kazan

PLAYERS: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield

Best Actor

NOMINEES: John Garfield (Body and Soul); Ronald Colman (A Double Life); William Powell (Life with Father); Gregory Peck (Gentleman's Agreement); Michael Redgrave (Mourning Becomes Electra)

THE WINNER: Ronald Colman

Best Actress

NOMINEES: Joan Crawford (Possessed); Susan Hayward (Smash Up--The Story of a Woman); Dorothy McGuire (Gentleman's Agreement); Rosalind Russell (Mourning Becomes Electra); Loretta Young (The Farmer's Daughter)

THE WINNER: Loretta Young

Behind the Oscar

The greatest longshot in Academy history came through. Before the big night, Daily Variety had polled a selection of the Academy's voting members and had come up with this result for the best actress: 1. Rosalind Russell; 2. Dorothy McGuire; 3. Joan Crawford; 4. Susan Hayward; 5. Loretta Young. Out of the sealed envelope came the winner--Loretta Young. Moviegoers were stunned.

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