Having been sideswiped by Robert Donat and Goodbye, Mr. Chips in 1939, the Academy fell all over itself handing James Stewart the Oscar for The Philadelphia Story.
They also wasted no time recognizing Charlie Chaplin this time around either, for The Great Dictator:
Having ignored Henry Fonda in the past, even the Academy could see he’d done something quite remarkable in The Grapes of Wrath:
Raymond Massey came in for some Lincoln worship with Abe Lincoln in Illinois:
Rounding out the original nominees is Laurence Olivier for Rebecca:
So who else would have been good choices?
One man: Cary Grant. But here’s the dilemma: two classic films, which may be why he didn’t get the nod, since the voters couldn’t decide which performance to nominate him for: The Philadelphia Story or His Girl Friday:
Tough choice this year, right?
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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