Oscar Rewrite: 1946


Best Picture: The Best Years of Our Lives      It’s a Wonderful Life

Best Director: William Wyler (The Best Years of Our Lives)  Jean Cocteau (Beauty and the Beast)

Best Actor: Fredric March (The Best Years of Our Lives) Henry Fonda (My Darling Clementine)

Long before Kurt Russell in Tombstone and Burt Lancaster in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Henry Fonda tackled Wyatt Earp in John Ford’s My Darling Clementine. Few western scenes are as iconic as Fonda swaying in that rocking chair or dancing at the church groundbreaking ceremony, bringing the same humanity he brought to The Grapes of Wrath, The Ox Bow Incident and 12 Angry Men.

Best Actress: Olivia d’Havilland (To Each His Own)     Rita Hayworth (Gilda)

Best Supporting Actor: Harold Russell (The Best Years of Our Lives)

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Baxter (The Razor’s Edge)  Dorothy Malone (The Big Sleep)

Best Original Screenplay: The Seventh Veil     Notorious (Ben Hecht)

Best Adapted Screenplay:The Best Years of Our Lives (Robert Sherwood from MacKinlay Kantor’s book)