Academy Award Winners: 1940s

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1940

Movie: Rebecca
Director: John Ford – The Grapes of Wrath
Actress: Ginger Rogers – Kitty Foyle
Actress, Supporting: Jane Darwell – The Grapes of Wrath
Actor: James Stewart – The Philadelphia Story
Actor, Supporting: Walter Brennan – The Westerner
Screenplay, Original: Preston Sturges – The Great McGinty
Screenplay, Adapted: Donald Stewart – The Philadelphia Story

 

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1941

Movie: How Green Was My Valley
Director: John Ford – How Green Was My Valley
Actress: Joan Fontaine – Suspicion
Actress, Supporting: Mary Astor – The Great Lie
Actor: Gary Cooper – Sergeant York
Actor, Supporting: Donald Crisp – How Green Was My Valley
Screenplay, Original: Herman Mankiewicz, Orson Welles – Citizen Kane
Screenplay, Adapted: Sidney Buchman, Seton Miller – Here Comes Mr. Jordan

 

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1942

Movie: Mrs. Miniver
Director: William Wyler – Mrs. Miniver
Actress: Greer Garson – Mrs. Miniver
Actress, Supporting: Teresa Wright – Mrs. Miniver
Actor: James Cagney – Yankee Doodle Dandy
Actor, Supporting: Van Heflin – Johnny Eager
Screenplay, Original: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger – One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
Screenplay, Adapted: George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, Arthur Wimperis – Mrs. Miniver

 

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1943

Movie: Casablanca
Director: Michael Curtiz – Casablanca
Actress: Jennifer Jones – The Song of Bernadette
Actress, Supporting: Katina Paxinou – For Whom the Bell Tolls
Actor: Paul Lukas – Watch on the Rhine
Actor, Supporting: Charles Coburn – The More the Merrier
Screenplay, Original: Norman Krasna – Princess O'Rourke
Screenplay, Adapted: Philip Epstein, Julius Epstein, Howard Koch – Casablanca
Documentary Feature: Desert Victory

 

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1944

Movie: Going My Way
Director: Leo McCarey – Going My Way
Actress: Ingrid Bergman – Gaslight
Actress, Supporting: Ethel Barrymore – None But the Lonely Heart
Actor: Bing Crosby – Going My Way
Actor, Supporting: Barry Fitzgerald – Going My Way
Screenplay, Original: Lamar Trotti – Wilson
Screenplay, Adapted: Frank Butler, Frank Cavett – Going My Way
Documentary Feature: The Fighting Lady

 

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1945

Movie: The Lost Weekend
Director: Billy Wilder – The Lost Weekend
Actress: Joan Crawford – Mildred Pierce
Actress, Supporting: Anne Revere – National Velvet
Actor: Ray Milland – The Lost Weekend
Actor, Supporting: James Dunn – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Screenplay, Original: Richard Schweizer – Marie-Louise
Screenplay, Adapted: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder – The Lost Weekend
Documentary Feature: The True Glory

 

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1946

Movie: The Best Years of Our Lives
Director: William Wyler – The Best Years of Our Lives
Actress: Olivia De Havilland – To Each His Own
Actress, Supporting: Anne Baxter – The Razor's Edge
Actor: Fredric March – The Best Years of Our Lives
Actor, Supporting: Harold Rush – The Best Years of Our Lives
Screenplay, Original: Sydney Box, Muriel Box – The Seventh Veil
Screenplay, Adapted: Robert Sherwood – The Best Years of Our Lives

 

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1947

Movie: Gentleman's Agreement
Director: Elia Kazan – Gentleman's Agreement
Actress: Loretta Young – The Farmer's Daughter
Actress, Supporting: Celeste Holm – Gentleman's Agreement
Actor: Ronald Colman – A Double Life
Actor, Supporting: Edmund Gwenn – Miracle on 34th Street
Screenplay, Original: Sidney Sheldon – The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Screenplay, Adapted: George Seaton – Miracle on 34th Street
Foreign Language Film: Shoe-Shine
Documentary Feature: Design for Death

 

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1948

Movie: Hamlet
Director: John Huston – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Actress: Jane Wyman – Johnny Belinda
Actress, Supporting: Claire Trevor – Key Largo
Actor: Laurence Olivier – Hamlet
Actor, Supporting: Walter Huston – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Screenplay, Adapted: John Huston – Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Foreign Language Film: Monsieur Vincent
Documentary Feature: The Secret Land

 

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1949

Movie: All the King's Men
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz – A Letter to Three Wives
Actress: Olivia De Havilland – The Heiress
Actress, Supporting: Mercedes McCambridge – All the King's Men
Actor: Broderick Crawford – All the King's Men
Actor, Supporting: Dean Jagger – Twelve O'Clock High
Screenplay, Original: Robert Pirosh – Battleground
Screenplay, Adapted: Joseph Mankiewicz – A Letter to Three Wives
Foreign Language Film: The Bicycle Thief
Documentary Feature: Daybreak in Udi