Who Should Have Won the Best Actor Oscar for 1943?

Hint: it certainly isn’t the earnest overkill of Paul Lukas in Watch on the Rhine:

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We must remember this:

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Gary Cooper got a third nomination in the row for his role in For Whom the Bell Tolls:

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Walter Pidgeon got two in a row and died young for it in Madame Curie:

Mickey Rooney scored another nomination, this time in William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy:


Who was omitted?

Henry Fonda, in the atmospheric and hard-hitting The Ox-Bow Incident:

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And Joseph Cotten in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt:

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And that completes the first volume of these Best Actor polls, for WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars: 1927-1943. I hope you’ve enjoyed them. We’ll see you next time for V. 2!

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

And now please vote!


  1. It’s a crime that Henry Fonda wasn’t nominated for his earnest performance in “The Ox-Bow Incident.” But then he missed out on a lot of deserved nominations: “The Male Animal,” “My Darling Clementine,” “Fort Apache,” and 3 yrs in a row for “Mister Roberts,” “The Wrong Man,” & “Twelve Angry Men.” Paul Lukas gave a heart felt performance in “Watch,” but the movie has aged badly. Without a doubt, Bogart deserved the Oscar. And speaking of “Casablanca,” why was Ingrid Bergman not nominated for this instead of her almost embarrassing performance in “For Whom the Bell Tolls”? It’s another film that hasn’t aged well. The only really good things in it are William Cameron Menzies’ set designs and Katina Paxinou’s marvelous performance–she’s like a premonition of Anna Magnani!

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