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Oscars 1939: Winners and Nominees of the 11th Academy Awards

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These movies have won or been nominated for the Oscars 1939 on 02/23/1939.

The 11th Academy Awards were held on February 23, 1939, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. It was the first Academy Awards show without any official host. This was also the first ceremony in which a foreign language film (Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion) was nominated for Best Picture. Frank Capra became the first person to win three Best Director awards, to be followed by John Ford (who would go on to win four) and William Wyler. This was the first of only two times in Oscar history that three of the four acting awards were won by repeat winners; only Fay Bainter was a first time award winner. The only other time that this happened was at the 67th Academy Awards in 1994. Fay Bainter also was the first actress in the history of the Oscars to receive two acting nominations in the same year. In addition, Spencer Tracy became the first of only two lead actors to win two years in a row; the other one, Tom Hanks, also did so in 1994. George Bernard Shaw's screenplay win would make him the only person to win both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award until Bob Dylan received the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2001 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016. Radio coverage was banned at the 1939 ceremony. A reporter from KNX, Los Angeles, which had been reporting fro... ()

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(1937)

3.6/5 (with 2,836 votes)

A beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen is jealous because she wants to be known as "the fairest in the land," and Snow White's beauty surpasses her own.

The Adventures of Robin Hood(1938)

3.8/5 (with 223 votes)

Robin Hood fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian.

Grand Illusion(1937)

1h 54min | Drama, History, War
3.9/5 (with 198 votes)

A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a high-security fortress, they must concoct a plan to escape beneath the watchful eye of aristocratic German officer von Rauffenstein, who has formed an unexpected bond with de Boeldieu.

Ferdinand the Bull(1938)

3.3/5 (with 51 votes)

This Oscar-winning short tells of a bull who preferred to sit under trees and smell flowers to clashing horns with his fellow animals. As luck would have it, an untimely bee reveals Ferdinand's ferocious side via pained howls and wild stomping. This lands him in the bull-fighting arena amidst characters based on Walt's animators with a matador reportedly modeled after Walt himself.

Directed by Dick Rickard

You Can't Take It with You(1938)

NR
| 2h 6min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 110 votes)

Alice, the only relatively normal member of the eccentric Sycamore family, falls in love with Tony Kirby, but his wealthy banker father and snobbish mother strongly disapprove of the match. When the Kirbys are invited to dinner to become better acquainted with their future in-laws, things don't turn out the way Alice had hoped.

Angels with Dirty Faces(1938)

NR
| 1h 37min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 89 votes)

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his solicitor - prior to his jail term.

Holiday(1938)

3.7/5 (with 72 votes)

Johnny Case, a freethinking financier, has finally found the girl of his dreams — Julia Seton, the spoiled daughter of a socially prominent millionaire — and she's agreed to marry him. But when Johnny plans a holiday for the two to enjoy life while they are still young, his fiancée has other plans & that is for Johnny to work in her father's bank!

Pygmalion(1939)

1h 36min | Drama, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 39 votes)

When linguistics professor Henry Higgins boasts that he can pass off Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as a princess with only six months' training, Colonel George Pickering takes him up on the bet. Eliza moves into Higgins's home and begins her rigorous training after the professor comes to a financial agreement with her dustman father, Alfred. But the plucky young woman is not the only one undergoing a transformation.

Block-Heads(1938)

NR
| 57min | Comedy, War
3.6/5 (with 36 votes)

It's 1938, but Stan doesn't know the war is over; he's still patrolling the trenches in France, and shoots down a French aviator. Oliver sees his old chum's picture in the paper and goes to visit Stan who has now been returned to the States and invites him back to his home.

Jezebel(1938)

NR
| 1h 43min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 57 votes)

In 1850s Louisiana, the willfulness of a tempestuous Southern belle threatens to destroy all who care for her.

Test Pilot(1938)

1h 58min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 21 votes)

Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.

There Goes My Heart(1938)

3.5/5 (with 3 votes)

An heiress takes a job as a department store clerk.

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Suez(1938)

2.3/5 (with 3 votes)

Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal.

Brave Little Tailor(1938)

3.4/5 (with 30 votes)

When a giant threatens the land, the cityfolk mistake Mickey's boast of killing seven flies with one blow to be giants. He is then forced to fight the giant for real.

Directed by Bill Roberts

Pacific Liner(1939)

1h 16min | Adventure, Action
2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

An outbreak of cholera threatens a luxury liner in this surprisingly low-budget melodrama from RKO. En route from Shanghai to San Francisco, chief engineer Crusher McKay (Victor McLaglen) and shipboard doctor Tony Craig (Chester Morris) become rivals for the attention of nurse Ann Grayson (Wendy Barrie). A Chinese stowaway, meanwhile, infects the stokehold with cholera and it is left to Crusher to keep the engines at full throttle until reaching harbor. But morale sinks to an all-time low when Crusher himself is stricken and the overworked men threaten with mutiny. Tony attempts to keep the stokers in check but the situation is growing more dangerous by the minute when a heroic Crusher rises from his sickbed. Leaving their previous petty squabbles behind, Tony and Crusher manage to guide the ship safely to harbor, where the doc and Ann rekindle their romance.

Carefree(1938)

NR
| 1h 23min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 17 votes)

Dr. Tony Flagg's friend Steven has problems in the relationship with his fiancée Amanda, so he persuades her to visit Tony. After some minor misunderstandings, she falls in love with him. When he tries to use hypnosis to strengthen her feelings for Steven, things get complicated.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(1938)

3.3/5 (with 14 votes)

Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral and witnessing a murder.

Under Western Stars(1938)

1h 5min | Western, Action, Music
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

In his starring debut, Roy gets elected to Congress in order to bring water to the ranchers in his district. In Washington, he learns he needs the backing of a key congressman and gets that man to go west for an inspection trip. When the congressman is initially unimpressed, Roy gets the inspection party stranded without water to show the true conditions.

Boys Town(1938)

NR
| 1h 36min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 25 votes)

The devout but iron-willed Father Flanagan leads a community called Boys Town, a different sort of juvenile detention facility where, instead of being treated as underage criminals, the boys are shepherded into making themselves better people. But hard-nosed petty thief and pool shark Whitey Marsh, the impulsive and violent younger brother of an imprisoned murderer, might be too much for the good father's tough-love system.

Four Daughters(1938)

NR
| 1h 30min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

Musician Adam Lemp and his four equally musical daughters, Emma, Ann, Kay, and Thea, live happily together. Each daughter has an upstanding young man for whom she cares. However, the arrival of a cynical, slovenly young composer named Mickey Borden turns the household upside-down, and romantic and tragic complications ensue.

Directed by Michael Curtiz - With Claude Rains, John Garfield, Lane Sisters, Gale Page, Jeffrey Lynn, May Robson, ...

Of Human Hearts(1938)

1h 43min | Drama, Western
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War. Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son Jason yearns to be a doctor, helping people in the earthly realm. It is a rich story about striving for excellence, the tension of father-son rebellion, and the love of a mother that can never die.

Vivacious Lady(1938)

3.6/5 (with 15 votes)

College town life gets turned upside down after a button-down botany professor secretly weds a sizzling night-club singer.

The Young in Heart(1938)

1h 30min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

The Carletons make a living as card sharps and finding new suckers to mooch off of. When their latest scam backfires, they are asked to leave Monte Carlo. At the train station, they meet Miss Fortune, a very wealthy but lonely elderly lady. As a reward for saving her life after the train derails, Miss Fortune invites the Carletons to come live with her. The family hopes that by winning her affection, they can eventually be named sole beneficiaries in her will. But will a change of heart soften their mercenary feelings before that time comes?

If I Were King(1938)

1h 41min | Adventure, History
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

King Louis XI masquerades as a commoner in Paris, seeking out the treachery he is sure lurks in his kingdom. At a local tavern, he overhears the brash poet François Villon extolling why he would be a better king. Annoyed yet intrigued, the King bestows on Villon the title of Grand Constable. Soon Villon begins work and falls for a lovely lady-in-waiting, but then must flee execution when the King turns on him.

Merrily We Live(1938)

3.7/5 (with 8 votes)

Society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome tramp who shows up at her doorstep and ends up in a chauffeur's uniform. He also catches the eye of Geraldine.

The Great Waltz(1938)

3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Composer Johann Strauss risks his marriage over his infatuation with a beautiful singer.

Marie Antoinette(1938)

NR
| 2h 29min | Drama, History, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 9 votes)

The young Austrian princess Marie Antoinette is arranged to marry Louis XVI, future king of France, in a politically advantageous marriage for the rival countries. The opulent Marie indulges in various whims and flirtations. When Louis XV passes and Louis XVI ascends the French throne, his queen's extravagant lifestyle earns the hatred of the French people, who despise her Austrian heritage.

The Cowboy and the Lady(1938)

3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Mary Smith decides after a lifetime of being a shut-in to do something wild while her father is out campaigning for the presidency, so she takes off for the family's home in West Palm Beach and inadvertently becomes romantically entangled with earnest cowboy Stretch Willoughby. Neither the dalliance nor the cowboy fit with the upper class image projected by her esteemed father, forcing her to choose.

Sweethearts(1938)

1h 54min | Music, Comedy
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Bickering husband-and-wife stage stars are manipulated into a break-up for publicity purposes.

Three Comrades(1938)

1h 38min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 10 votes)

A love story centered on the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who is dying of tuberculosis.

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