Hint: it certainly isn’t the earnest overkill of Paul Lukas in Watch on the Rhine:
We must remember this:
Gary Cooper got a third nomination in the row for his role in For Whom the Bell Tolls:
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:
And Joseph Cotten in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt:
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!
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