Who Should Have Won the Best Actor Oscar for 1940?

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:

The Great Dictator.jpg

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:

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (film).jpg

Rounding out the original nominees is Laurence Olivier for Rebecca:

Rebecca 1940 film poster.jpg

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:

His Girl Friday poster.jpg

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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