Who Should Have Won the Best Actor Oscar for 1941?

The war may not have broken out yet in America, but the patriotism had!

Up against the flag and Gary Cooper in Sergeant York were the following:

Cary Grant fighting an earthquake and a case of the “I’m a serious actor!” in Penny Serenade:

Walter Huston as the Devil in All That Money Can Buy (better known these days as The Devil and Daniel Webster):

Robert Montgomery as a boxer back from the dead in Here Comes Mr. Jordan:

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And Orson Welles, getting more respect than people remember for his work on (and in) Citizen Kane:

Poster showing two women in the bottom left of the picture looking up towards a man in a white suit in the top right of the picture. "Everybody's talking about it. It's terrific!" appears in the top right of the picture. "Orson Welles" appears in block letters between the women and the man in the white suit. "Citizen Kane" appears in red and yellow block letters tipped 60° to the right. The remaining credits are listed in fine print in the bottom right.

And who did the Academy glide over after they made their choices for the nominees?

Walter Pidgeon, in How Green Was My Valley:

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Cary Grant, for his far better, less hammy turn in Suspicion:

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And finally, the true snub, Humphrey Bogart in his career-changing role in The Maltese Falcon:

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Odd poster, isn’t it? The artist seems to be basing this more on Bogie’s role in High Sierra. But no matter — we all know the stuff that dreams are made of…

If you would like to make other suggestions, please do so below in the comments!

As always, I have much more to say in my book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPEELH0

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