Pygmalion Poster

(1938)

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 1939

Won
Oscar
Best Writing, Screenplay
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... More

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.

Nominated
Oscar
Best Picture
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Leslie Howard
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Wendy Hiller

National Board of Review, USA 1938

Won
NBR Award
Best Acting
Wendy Hiller

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1939

2nd place
NYFCC Award
Best Actress
Wendy Hiller

Venice Film Festival 1938

Won
Volpi Cup
Best Actor
Leslie Howard
Nominated
Mussolini Cup
Best Foreign Film
Anthony Asquith
Leslie Howard

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