Who Should Have Won the Best Actor Oscar for 1948?

Laurence Olivier “stole” the Oscar for Hamlet — or so the pundits of the day complained. The British were coming! The British were coming! Hide the Academy Awards!

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Who did he “steal” it from? The other choices included Lew Ayres’ career restoration as the kindly doctor in Johnny Belinda:

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Montgomery Clift, then a very fresh face on the block for his role as a soldier connecting with a child cut off from his mother in The Search:

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Dan Dailey managed to grab a nom playing an alcoholic in When My Baby Smiles at Me:

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And finally, Clifton Webb snagged one for his first appearance as the snooty Mr. Belvedere in Sitting Pretty:

But who did the Academy ignore?

John Garfield, in what may be his finest performance, in Force of Evil:

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John Wayne, who appeared in both Red River and Fort Apache; he’s great in both, but I think his performance in Fort Apache is the more subtle and textured of the two:

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And…you may want to sit down for this one…the Academy ignored Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre:

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It’s the years like this that make me want to go back in time and scream “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING” at the Academy…

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!

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