Academy Award Winners and Nominees: Actors - 1940s

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1940

James StewartThe Philadelphia Story

Charles Chaplin – The Great Dictator
Henry Fonda – The Grapes of Wrath
Raymond Massey – Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Laurence Olivier – Rebecca

 

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1941

Gary Cooper – Sergeant York

Cary Grant – Penny Serenade
Walter Huston – All That Money Can Buy
Robert Montgomery – Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Orson Welles – Citizen Kane

 

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1942

James Cagney – Yankee Doodle Dandy

Ronald Colman – Random Harvest
Gary Cooper – The Pride of the Yankees
Walter Pidgeon – Mrs. Miniver
Monty Woolley – The Pied Piper

 

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1943

Paul Lukas – Watch on the Rhine

Humphrey Bogart – Casablanca
Gary Cooper – For Whom the Bell Tolls
Walter Pidgeon – Madame Curie
Mickey Rooney – The Human Comedy

 

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1944

Bing Crosby – Going My Way

Charles Boyer – Gaslight
Barry Fitzgerald – Going My Way
Cary Grant – None But the Lonely Heart
Alexander Knox – Wilson

 

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1945

Ray Milland – The Lost Weekend

Bing Crosby – The Bells of St. Mary's
Gene Kelly – Anchors Aweigh
Gregory Peck – The Keys of the Kingdom
Cornel Wilde – A Song to Remember

 

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1946

Fredric March – The Best Years of Our Lives

Laurence Olivier – Henry V
Larry Parks – The Jolson Story
Gregory Peck – The Yearling
James Stewart – It's a Wonderful Life

 

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1947

Ronald Colman – A Double Life

John Garfield – Body and Soul
Gregory Peck – Gentleman's Agreement
William Powell – Life With Father
Michael Redgrave – Mourning Becomes Electra

 

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1948

Laurence Olivier – Hamlet

Lew Ayres – Johnny Belinda
Montgomery Clift – The Search
Dan Dailey – When My Baby Smiles at Me
Clifton Webb – Sitting Pretty

 

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1949

Broderick Crawford – All the King's Men

Kirk Douglas – Champion
Gregory Peck – Twelve O'Clock High
Richard Todd – The Hasty Heart
John Wayne – Sands of Iwo Jima