Bette Davis made her vision of Gone with the Wind with William Wyler and Jezebel, thus ensuring that David O. Selznick would never forgive either her or Jack Warner:
Fay Bainter got a nomination for being noble in White Banners:
Wendy Hiller had her first great film performance in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion:
Norma Shearer went for the cake with Marie Antoinette:
Margaret Sullavan is the object of affection for Three Comrades:
So who did the Academy ignore?
Katharine Hepburn, in what may be her best comic performance, in Bringing Up Baby:
The Academy actually ignored Bringing Up Baby completely this year. Silly Academy.
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