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(3/15/47) Radio: Appeared in "The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast of "The Best Years of Our Lives".
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I got my award for special contributions, and I'm hanging around backstage. I found out, months later, that when I was nominated for Supporting Actor, they figured I didn't have a chance, the other guys [Charles Coburn
, William Demarest
, Claude Rains
, Clifton Webb
] had too much background. When they got to Supporting Actor, they practically threw me out on the stage.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tried to keep him from selling his award, and offered to loan him money, but he turned them down. (Several Oscars have since been auctioned off posthumously, but the Academy now makes all recipients sign an agreement forbidding them from selling their Oscars.)