I love Bing Crosby as much as the next guy, but I’m not sure what he does is acting. Still, the Academy disagreed with me, handing him the Oscar for Going My Way. He had to be hauled in from the golf course by his mother before he’d show up at the ceremony:
He beat out Charles Boyer for Gaslight:
Bing also beat out Barry Fitzgerald, who was nominated for the SAME role in both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, due to the studio gaming the system (the Academy changed the rules to prevent this in the future):
Cary Grant went serious on steroids with Ethel Barrymore in None But the Lonely Heart:
Alexander Wilson also got a nom for Wilson:
But who did the Academy ignore?
Orson Welles, at his most dangerouly romantic moment as Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre:
And, finally, Fred MacMurray in the greatest role of his career, as Barbara Stanwyck’s tool in Double Indemnity:
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/WHO-Won-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-ebook/dp/B00PKK8MBY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415905574&sr=1-2
And now please vote!