Who Should Have Won the Best Actress Oscar for 1939?

Here comes the big one!

A film poster showing a man and a woman in a passionate embrace.

Vivien Leigh originally won for Gone with the Wind — and it’s hard to argue with that, although folks might just want to…

…especially given some of the competition, both nominated and un-nominated.

How about Greta Garbo in her greatest comic role in Ninotchka?

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Or Irene Dunne in her most romantic mode in Love Story?

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Or Bette Davis going glamorous and sentimental in Dark Victory?

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Or Greer Garson becoming a star in Goodbye, Mr. Chips?

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And what about the performances the Academy ignored?

How about Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz?


Or Jean Arthur, in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?

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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

And now, please vote!


  1. Merle Oberon in Wuthering Heights, Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides Again, Claudette Colbert in Midnight were also nominee -worthy, along with Judy Garland (who won in the “Juvenile Performance ” category, so not truly overlooked ) and Jean Arthur was also terrific in Only Angels Have Wings

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