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:
And Orson Welles, getting more respect than people remember for his work on (and in) Citizen Kane:
And who did the Academy glide over after they made their choices for the nominees?
Walter Pidgeon, in How Green Was My Valley:
Cary Grant, for his far better, less hammy turn in Suspicion:
And finally, the true snub, Humphrey Bogart in his career-changing role in The Maltese Falcon:
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…
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