Hollywood got more serious as WWII ended, turning to some applause for Billy Wilder, whose Double Indemnity was largely snubbed the year before.
This time around, Wilder’s exploration of alcoholism was the big winner, including a Best Actor Oscar for Ray Milland, cast against his normal light image as the nasty drunkard in The Lost Weekend:
Still, Bing Crosby managed another nomination — one of those rarities, where an actor is nominated for playing the same role. His Father Chuck O’Malley appeared again in The Bells of St. Mary’s (which director Leo McCarey had intended as the original story):
Also up was Gene Kelly, in a rare nomination for an actor in a musical, for Anchors Aweigh:
Gregory Peck stole a page from Spencer Tracy and Bing and got his own nod as a priest in The Keys of the Kingdom:
And finally, Cornel Wilde somehow slipped in for playing Chopin in that stinker of a film, A Song to Remember:
Now, take a look at who the Academy ignored: Boris Karloff, in Val Lewton’s The Body Snatcher:
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