Who Should Have Won the Best Actress Oscar for 1943?

Nothing like a vision of the Virgin Mary to make an impression on the Academy, apparently — even if the Virgin is being played by the studio chief’s current mistress…

Anyways, Jennifer Jones, the future Mrs. David O. Selznick, won for The Song of Bernadette:

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She beat out Jean Arthur in one of her finest comedies, The More the Merrier:

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And Joan Fontaine, in a movie that just finally resurfaced from copyright hell recently on TCM, The Constant Nymph:


Greer Garson went scientific in Madame Curie:

And finally, Ingrid Bergman was nominated for the Hemingway adaptation, For Whom the Bell Tolls:

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But here’s the problem: she should have been nominated instead for this little movie:

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Is that a no-brainer or what?!?

The Academy also missed a very, very fine performance by Teresa Wright, in Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt:

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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. I’ve only seen Jennifer Jones and Ingrid Bergman. I’d vote for Jones although if Bergman had been nominated for “Casablanca” instead of “Bells” it would have been a tough race. Jones is simply luminous as the saintly Bernadette and has such a warm, soft, smooth, soothing voice. She plays the role with such a strong sense of courage, friendship, piety, gentleness and devotion that it feels real–never like a caricature saint. The technical aspects (set design and cienematography) and music were drop dead gorgeous and also deserved their Oscars all the way. Ditto to Casablanca’s three for Picture, Director and Screenplay.

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