Awards for 1939

Oscar

Best Picture

WINNER

NOMINEES

The Adventures of Robin Hood: (Warner Bros., First National)

Alexander's Ragtime Band: (20th Century Fox)

Boys Town: (M-G-M)

The Citadel: (M-G-M)

Four Daughters: (Warner Bros., First National)

The Grand Illusion: (Realization d'Art Cinematographique)

Jezebel: (Warner Bros.)

Pygmalion: (M-G-M)

Test Pilot: (M-G-M)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

WINNER

Boys Town: Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy was not present at the awards ceremony. His wife Louise Treadwell accepted the award on his behalf.

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Best Actress in a Leading Role

WINNER

Jezebel: Bette Davis
On 19 July 2001 Steven Spielberg purchased Davis' Oscar statuette at a Christie's auction and returned it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This was the second time in five years Spielberg did so to protect an Oscar from further commercial exploitation.

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role

WINNER

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Best Actress in a Supporting Role

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Director

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Writing, Original Story

WINNER

NOMINEES





Best Writing, Screenplay

WINNER

Pygmalion: George Bernard Shaw, Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Lewis, W.P. Lipscomb
George Bernard Shaw was not present at the ceremony. When presenter Lloyd C. Douglas announced that Pygmalion has won the Oscar he joked "Mr. Shaw's story now is as original as it was three thousand years ago". Shaw's reaction to the award was not enthusiastic as he is quoted as saying "It's an insult for them to offer me any honour, as if they had never heard of me before - and it's very likely they never have. They might as well send some honour to George for being King of England". Although popular legend says Shaw never received the Oscar, when Mary Pickford visited him she reported that he was on his mantle. When Shaw died in 1950 his home at Ayot St Lawrence became a museum. By this time his Oscar statuette was so tarnished, the curator believed it had no value and used it as a door stop. It has since been repaired and is now on displayed at the museum.

NOMINEES




Best Cinematography

WINNER

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Best Art Direction

WINNER

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Best Sound, Recording

WINNER

NOMINEES

Army Girl: Charles L. Lootens (Republic SSD)

Four Daughters: Nathan Levinson (Warner Bros. SSD)

If I Were King: Loren L. Ryder (Paramount SSD)

Merrily We Live: Elmer Raguse (Hal Roach SSD)


Suez: Edmund H. Hansen (20th Century-Fox SSD)



Best Film Editing

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Music, Original Song

WINNER

The Big Broadcast of 1938: Ralph Rainger (music), Leo Robin (lyrics)
For the song "Thanks for the Memory".

NOMINEES

Mannequin: Edward Ward (music), Chet Forrest (lyrics), Bob Wright (lyrics)
For the song "Always and Always".

Carefree: Irving Berlin
For the song "Change Partners and Dance with Me".

The Cowboy and the Lady: Lionel Newman (music), Arthur Quenzer (lyrics)
For the song "The Cowboy and the Lady".

Under Western Stars: Johnny Marvin
For the song "Dust".

Going Places: Harry Warren (music), Johnny Mercer (lyrics)
For the song "Jeepers Creepers".

Merrily We Live: Phil Charig (music), Arthur Quenzer (lyrics)
For the song "Merrily We Live".

The Lady Objects: Ben Oakland (music), Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics)
For the song "A Mist Over the Moon".

That Certain Age: Jimmy McHugh (music), Harold Adamson (lyrics)
For the song "My Own".

Alexander's Ragtime Band: Irving Berlin
For the song "Now It Can Be Told".

Best Music, Original Score

WINNER

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Best Music, Scoring

WINNER

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Best Short Subject, Two-reel

WINNER

NOMINEES

Swingtime in the Movies: (Warner Bros.)

Best Short Subject, One-reel

WINNER

NOMINEES

The Great Heart: (M-G-M)

Timber Toppers: (20th Century-Fox)

Best Short Subject, Cartoons

WINNER

NOMINEES




Hunky and Spunky: (Paramount)

Juvenile Award

WINNER

Deanna Durbin, Mickey Rooney
For their (Durbin/Rooney) significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth, and as juvenile players setting a high standard of ability and achievement.

Honorary Award

WINNERS

Harry M. Warner
In recognition of patriotic service in the production of historical short subjects presenting significant episodes in the early struggle of the American people for liberty (certificate).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Walt Disney
For Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field (one statuette - seven miniature statuettes).

Sweethearts: Oliver T. Marsh, Allen M. Davey
For the color cinematography of the M-G-M production Sweethearts.

Spawn of the North: Gordon Jennings (special effects), Jan Domela (assistant special effects), Devereaux Jennings (assistant special effects), Irmin Roberts (assistant special effects), Art Smith (assistant special effects), Farciot Edouart (transparencies), Loyal Griggs (assistant transparencies), Loren L. Ryder (sound effects), Harry D. Mills (assistant sound effects), Louis Mesenkop (assistant sound effects), Walter Oberst (assistant sound effects)
For outstanding achievements in creating special photographic and sound effects in the Paramount production Spawn of the North (plaque).

Arthur Ball
For his outstanding contributions to the advancement of color in motion picture photography (certificate).

Academy Award of Merit

WINNER


Not awarded.

Scientific and Engineering Award

WINNER


Not awarded.

Technical Achievement Award

WINNERS

John Aalberg (RKO Radio SSD)
For the application of compression to variable area recording in motion picture production.

Byron Haskin (Special Effects Dept. of Warner Bros. Studio)
For pioneering the development and for the first practical application to motion picture production of the triple head background projector.

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