The 1939 Academy Awards

This Wizard of Oz movie poster is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 without a copyright notice.
This Wizard of Oz movie poster is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 without a copyright notice. | Source

Academy Awards

The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a professional organization, bestows awards of excellence every year to people engaged in an occupation in the film industry. These awards, officially called the Academy Awards of Merit, are popularly known as the Oscars.

The 1939 Academy Awards presentation banquet was held in Los Angeles, California on February 29, 1940 in the Coconut Grove room of the Ambassador Hotel. Bob Hope was the host of the event.

Oscar Statuette

The Oscar is a statuette designed in 1928 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios art director Cedric Gibbons. A model was needed during the statuette’s design process, so Gibbons’ fiancée, actress Delores del Rio, suggested film director and actor Emilio "El Indio" Fernández.

Fernández posed nude for the statue. Gibbons’ design was sculpted in clay by George Stanley. It was cast in tin and copper by Sachin Smith and then plated with gold.

There are several stories regarding how the statuette came to be named “Oscar.” No one knows for certain how the statuette got its name. It is known, however, that the statuette was officially named “Oscar” by AMPAS in 1939.

Best Year in History of Hollywood Film Industry

The year 1939 is considered by many motion picture film critics and historians to be the most outstanding year in the history of the Hollywood film industry. A large number of high quality films had their premieres in 1939—so many were released that 10 movies rather than 5 were nominated for the Best Picture honor that year.

1939 Best Picture Nominees

  • GONE WITH THE WIND
  • Dark Victory
  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Love Affair
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Ninotchka
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Stagecoach
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Wuthering Heights

Gone with Wind Movie Poster

This Gone with the Wind Movie Poster is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 without a copyright notice.
This Gone with the Wind Movie Poster is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 without a copyright notice. | Source

Gone with the Wind

The movie Gone with the Wind is an adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's historical novel of the same name. Margaret Mitchell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel in 1937. The movie received 10 Academy Awards on February 29, 1940—eight of the 17 competitve awards that were being given, 1 technical award, and 1 honorary award.

Best Picture Winner ... Gone with the Wind (1939) ... Movie Trailer

1939 Best Director Nominees

DIRECTOR
MOVIE
VICTOR FLEMING
GONE WITH THE WIND
Frank Capra
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
John Ford
Stagecoach
Sam Wood
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
William Wyler
Wuthering Heights

1939 Best Actor Nominees

ACTOR
MOVIE
ROBERT DONAT
GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS
Clark Gable
Gone with the Wind
Laurence Olivier
Wuthering Heights
Mickey Rooney
Babes in Arms
James Stewart
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

The movie Goodbye, Mr. Chips was adapted from the novel of the same name which was written by James Hilton. It is the story of a retired teacher, Mr. Chipping, played by Robert Donat, who reminisces through flashbacks about his teaching career.

GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (1939) ... MOVIE TRAILER

1939 Best Actress Nominees

ACTRESS
MOVIE
VIVIEN LEIGH
GONE WITH THE WIND
Bette Davis
Dark Victory
Irene Dunne
Love Affair
Greta Garbo
Ninotchka
Greer Garson
Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Vivien Leigh's Acceptance Speech

1939 Best Supporting Actor Nominees

ACTOR
MOVIE
THOMAS MITCHELL
STAGECOACH
Brian Aherne
Juarez
Harry Carey
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Brian Donlevy
Beau Gest
Claude Rains
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Stagecoach

The film Stagecoach is a Western which was adapted from a short story—The Stage to Lordsburg—written in 1937 by Ernest Haycox. The movie, which starred John Wayne and Claire Trevor, is about a group of people traveling through Apache territory on a stagecoach.

STAGECOACH (1939) ... MOVIE TRAILER

1939 Best Supporting Actress Nominees

ACTRESS
MOVIE
HATTIE McDANIEL
GONE WITH THE WIND
Olivia de Havilland
Gone with the Wind
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Wuthering Heights
Edna May Oliver
Drums Along the Mohawk
Maria Ouspenskaya
Love Affair

Dark Victory

Dark Victory is a drama starring Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, and Ronald Reagan. It is the story of a New York socialite's last few months of life while facing blindness.

DARK VICTORY (1939) ... MOVIE TRAILER

Love Affair

The storyline for Love Affair has been used several times. The 1939 version of Love Affair starred Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne. In 1957, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr starred in An Affair to Remember. In 1994, Love Affair starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening was released. Mann, a Bollywood (Indian Hollywood) version of the film, was released in 1999.

The story is about a French painter and an American singer who meet while on ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Even though they are both engaged, the couple falls in love. They agree to meet six months later in New York City.

LOVE AFFAIR (1939) ... MOVIE TRAILER

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was based upon an unpublished story by Lewis R. Foster. The movie starred James Stewart and Jean Arthur. Supporting cast members were Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell and Beulah Bondi.

The storyline is about political corruption in Washington, DC. When released in 1939, the film was considered to be very controversial.

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) ... MOVIE TRAILER

Ninotchka

Ninotchka is a comedy starring Melvyn Douglas and Greta Garbo. The movie, which depicts the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, was banned in Russia when it was released.

NINOTCHKA (1939) ... MOVIE TRAILER

Of Mice and Men

The 1939 film Of Mice and Men is based on a 1937 play by George S. Kaufman and Sam Harris, which was based upon a novella by John Steinbeck. It starred Burgess Meredith, Betty Field; Lon Chaney, Jr.; Charles Bickford, Roman Bohnen, Bob Steele, and Noah Beery, Jr. The story is about two migrant workers trying to survive during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

OF MICE AND MEN (1939) ... CLASSIC ENDING

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is a musical fantasy based on L. Frank Baum's children's novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was written in 1900. Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Frank Morgan starred in the movie. Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick, and the Singer Midgets—as the Munchkins—had supporting roles.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) ... MOVIE TRAILER

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is film which is based upon the first 16 of 34 chapters of Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering heights. The stars were Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, and Geraldine Fitzgerald.

Favorite 1939 Movie

Among the 10 Best Picture nominees in 1939, which is your favorite movie?

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Comments 75 comments

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Daisy, I absolutely loved Gone with the Wind and knew that you would indeed have to talk about that very impressive and famous movie here, because I knew it came out in 1939. I have seen that movie many times now and it truly never gets old. I have a few favorite scenes, one of which is where Scarlet cuts up the drapes to make the famous green velvet dress. Thank you so much for giving a bit of background here and for sharing this one with us. Very much enjoyed and have voted, shared and tweeted too!!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Janine,

Thanks for reading my article and being the first person to comment. Thanks, too, for sharing and tweeting my Hub.

The scene in which Scarlett O'Hara cut the drapes in order to make the dress is a memorable scene.

I'm so glad I was able to find clips from all 10 Best Picture nominees.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Thanks for all this, I am getting to see people my mom use to talk about but I never saw such as Greer Garson. I think of Carol Bernette cutting up curtains to make her a dress, lol, did you see that where she is mimicking Scarlet but she leave the curtain rod in!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

You have give me an evening of award-wining entertainment with this presentation which deserves an award as well.

I enjoyed so much watching each video and particularly Wuthering Heights and Gone with the wind.

My vote was cast for Wuthering Heights, a film I never tire of watching. Gone with the wind is my second favorite film of all time.

Heathcliff and Kathy are such memorable characters in Brontes book and in the film.

I'd pay the price of a ticket several times over to treat myself to this hub. Thank you Daisy.

I love it! Voted up and across and sharing.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jackie,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub.

I don't think I've seen the Carol Burnett routine, but I can imagine her leaving the curtain rod in. Have you seen Sound of Music? Drapes were used for clothing for all the Trapp children.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey (vocalcoach),

Thank you so much for reading my article and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I appreciate your continued support of my writing.

This was such a fun Hub to research. It took me a while, as you can imagine, to write the article. I spent quite a bit of time viewing and selecting videos to use.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Well, they just don't make movies like this anymore, do they? I still watch the old black and white movies, I call them the Classics. Those movies had plots and talented actors, not like the trash Hollywood throws out today.

I enjoyed reading and I have seen every movie in your Hub. Gone With the Wind remains my favorite of all times.

I voted this Hub UP, will share and Pin.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have only seen bits and pieces but that interests me enough to see it all the way through, thank you!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (mary615),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing and pinning my Hub.

The Best Picture nominees for 1939 really are classics. Some of them are among the 100 best movies of all time.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jackie,

Thanks for stopping by again. You'll love Sound of Music. It's a classic from 1965.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging hub! I have seen only 2 films 'Gone with the Wind' and 'The Wizard of Oz' as well read the books of the same names. I am quite a fan of Oscars and my favorite Oscar is 2009 - Hugh Jackman hosted this Academy award function! In this poll, I voted 'Gone with the Wind'. An entertaining hub! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ish (ishwaryaa22),

Thank you for reading my article and commenting in it. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

The full-length versions of some of the films can be found on YouTube. If you're interested in seeing any of the eight Best Picture nominees from 1939 which you haven't already seen, that's where you'll find the movies.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

It's amazing how decades later most of these movies are still familiar, and most can't tell you the nominees from the last three years, today. Definitely says something about the quality of work that was done back then verses current efforts. For me, a toss up between "Gone..." and "Wizard..", but voted "Wizard.." due to the joy it brings children every year. Very well presented hub! Great Job!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rich (rcrumple),

Thanks for reading another of my Hubs and commenting in it. As always, I appreciate your support of my work.

I must admit that I had not heard of some of the Best Picture nominees from 1939 until I began doing the research for my article. Since the full-length versions of a number of the movies are available on YouTube, I've started a "to watch" list.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I really enjoyed your historical Oscar hub. That was such a great year, although before my time. I have seen all the movies and read most of the books. I enjoyed your hub very much. Voted up and awesome.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Pam,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Several sources I found while doing my research stated that 1939 was the best year in the history of the Hollywood film industry. Considering that 10 movies rather than five were nominated for Best Picture, I can certainly believe it.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

That was a great year for movies, with many classics vying for the award. Hopefully, your video snippets will help a new generation appreciate these fine films. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Aurelio (alocsin),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

I was able to find the trailers for nine of the 10 Best Picture nominees. I figured that to get someone to be interested in watching the movies, the trailers were the best possible videos I could include. The only video for which I included a classic ending scene rather than a trailer was "Of Mice and Men."


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m0rd0r 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

Loved the list Daisy !

I don't know if it was awarded at 1939 but I would also add "Metropolis" in the list.

Did you know that It was Hitler's favorite movie?

Voted up!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Stoill (m0rdor),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I wasn't familiar with "Metropolis," so I just looked it up. It was released 12 years earlier than the films on my list...1927.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This was fun for me to read. I enjoyed the posting of the old movies that I still enjoy today. I see that my favorite, Gone With The Wind, is popular with most hubbers here. I am not surprised that it took the majority of the awards in 1939. Voted up.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I should have made some popcorn before reading this! What a night at the movies...you picked a great year of Oscars and movies. Movies made with style and stars that were really stars in their own right. Thanks for this wonderful hub. Voted up, useful, and interesting. Shared with my followers.


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Marsei 4 years ago from New Orleans

I enjoyed this so much. One of the all-time best movies and a wonderful hub. I hope the video bits make the younger generation here interested enough to watch. So much not too hidden meaning in the Wizard of Oz. What a great year for the movies!

marsei


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

This was really interesting and the movies are all amazing. Of course, Gone with the Wind is still my all time favorite! Great hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article. There were so many great movies released in 1939, many more than those nominated for Best Picture. I wouldn't be surprised if there were some college film departments with courses which studied the 1939 films.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for reading my article, commenting in it, and sharing it with your followers.

If one were to choose a single year of movies to discuss, it would have to be 1939. Perhaps I should have put a disclaimer type of line at the beginning of my article regarding popping a bag of popcorn before reading the Hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sue (Marsei),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

I'm glad I found trailers for nine of the 10 movies (and a classic ending for the 10th). I'm hoping that after viewing the clips, readers not familiar with the films will want to see the entire movies.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Glimmer Twin Fan,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Of the 10 Best Picture nominees that I've seen, I really can't decide which one is my favorite. Perhaps I'll have to find the time to watch all 10 of them and then decide.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Daisy- this must have been an amazing year to go to the movies: there are some wonderful classics here and your compilation of clips and synopses is a perfect way to celebrate the advent of Oscars. Awesome hub! shared, tweeted.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mohan (Docmo),

It's great to "see" you again. I know that you've been busy writing the medical textbook. Thank you for taking the time to read my article, comment in it, share it, and tweet it. As always, I appreciate your support of my writing.

I was very pleased to have found clips from all of the Best Picture nominees. I would imagine there was so many great movies released in 1939 because it was the film industry's way of taking peoples' minds off the horrors of World War II.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I've only seen Wizard of Oz and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The others I know of, but for one reason or another haven't seen them.

Like rcrumple said, year to year there are so many movies are nominated but aren't memorable. 1939 was definitely a prime moment in history. Great hub!


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jmartin1344 4 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

As a young person who is a lover of classic movies, I really enjoyed reading this hub. I have seen most of these films but honestly I had no idea they were all in the same year.

I really love Stagecoach, Gone With the Wind is obviously great - I also really love Mr Smith Goes to Washington for being groundbreaking in the sense that it covered some controversial subject matter and a genre/theme that is so popular today in film making (both feature film and documentary).

Thanks for a great read!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Alecia,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I doubt there will be another year like 1939 in the Hollywood movie industry.

In my spare time...if I ever get any...I'm going to try to view the movies I discussed in my article that I haven't already seen. Full-length versions of a number of them are available on YouTube.

Right now, I'm researching and writing an article about the history of the Tony Awards, the Broadway equivalent of the Oscars. I hope to start selecting video clips tonight.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

James (jmartin1344),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

If you look at the lists of nominees in the various categories, you'll see several other movies that missed the cut for being being nominated in the Best Picture category.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I loved this. My most favorite movie of all times is ' Gone with the wind '. Thank you..


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ruby (always exploring),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

You're not alone with *Gone with the Wind* being your favorite movie of all time. Many people agree with you.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

A very interesting hub on the greatest year in the history of Hollywood....you mention many great movies....but the joy of that year is there are many many more not mentioned. I think it is a shame that Clark Gable did not win for Best Actor....and my favorite movie from 1939 got no Oscar love....Destry Rides Again....which turned out to be the most copied western of all-time. Great detail in the hub that I very much enjoyed reading. Voted up and awesome...excellent hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bruce (Cogerson),

Thanks for reading my Hub and adding your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed my article.

Clark Gable not winning the Best Actor award really surprised me. Why do you think Stagecoach received attention and Destry Rides Again was ignored?


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Mmmm....good question. Well John Ford directed Stagecoach and he was already an Oscar winning director....and he was in the middle of his peak time....so I think that got it on the map. Meanwhile George Marshall directed a very young and not a star at the time James Stewart in a western that had some humor(not something the Academy likes) ...which means its box office success was it's reward.

But if you watch the two movies back to back....Destry Rides Again is more entertaining.....so I think I will answer the your question with......drumroll.....the coattails of John Ford.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bruce,

Thanks for visiting again. I appreciate having someone with a vast knowledge of the film industry comment in my article.


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Trinity M 4 years ago

What a beautiful and interesting hub Daisy! I love the classics and this was such a trip down memory lane (even if I wasn’t even born until many years later). When I was a little girl I used to sit and watch old movies with my mom who LOVED Gone With The Wind and I must have watched The Wizard of OZ at least 20 times!!! Loved this hub and thanks for the memories :) Up, beautiful and interesting!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Trinity,

It's nice to "see" you again. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article and that it brought back pleasant memories for you.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Daisy, I so enjoyed this article. This was a banner year in movies - I have seen all these movies and actually they all deserved the Oscar that year. Each one gave stellar performances by the actors. Each one is now a movie classic for all time. This was a tough year to choose so I'm leaving it to the Academy - Gone with the Wind.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Suzannah (suzettenaples),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

I can't say which of the 10 Best Picture nominees is my favorite, so I haven't voted yet. I've added all 10 movies to my "to watch" list, so I can do a meaningful comparison before I vote.


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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

That is very interesting to read about the history of the Oscars and those movies of 1939 are definitely great classics.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

NateB11,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. My article about the history of the Tony Awards should be published soon.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Hello Daisy: What a great example of how to write a historical document. I love that each topic has its own movie trailer and the history and snippets were fun to read too.... outstandly written, easy to follow, and truly an example! DMT


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dave (davenmidtown),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I appreciate your very kinds words.

I was pleased that I found video clips of all nominees for Best Picture. Understandably, there are many more videos available of movies than there are of Broadway musicals. I spent quite a bit of time looking for videos to include in my Tony Awards article.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

They should make micals... and less movies...


onlooker 4 years ago

Hi Daisy these are a great list of movies to watch. What a year it was for the cinemas to have all these movies all in the same year. I am adding them to my must watch list. I've watched "gone with the wind" and that's about it so I should have quite the list to go through in the "must" watch. Thank you!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ava (onlooker),

It's nice to "see" you again. I'm glad you enjoyed my article.

I've put all 10 of the Best Movie nominees on my "to watch" list. I'd like to determine which one of the 10 is my favorite.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

This is a wonderful article. You have such an amazin talent for wrtingabout thins that some would consider "boring" (old movies, art history) in a way that makes them so interesting and relatable that anyone would want to learn more.

I adore classic movies. I have seen most of these and now want to see the rest. Can you believe I have never seen Gone With the Wind in iys entirety? I have a friend that has watche dit many times. One of these days I am going to take a rainy day and devote itto finally giving it my full attention.

Thank you for another great hub. Voting up etc. and Sharing of course.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dana,

Thank you for reading my article and adding your wonderful comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

I usually write about subjects which interest me personally. I try to include background information or history with most of my Hubs, hoping that something I include will catch the eyes of my readers.

Someone asked me the other day whether I had seen Gone with the Wind in its entirety. I know I've seen parts of the movie several times, and I'm sure I've seen all of the movie, but I honestly can't recall whether I've seen the entire movie in one sitting.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Daisy, great hub - lots of detail and stats (I love stats) the 1939 Awards certainly had some great movies on show. Of the ones you have featured here, Gone With The Wind and Goodbye Mr Chips are my two favourites. The latter still makes me cry when I see it. I am a big Greer Garson fan and she isn't in this movie enough! Stagecoach is a classic western and Mr Smith Goes To Washington has certainly stood the test of time. This period of movie history is, arguable, the best - the start of the golden age with many, many great movies.


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

The only movie I have seen on this list is The Wizard of Oz. I should probably watch more movies from this era. Great article, very comprehensive. Voted up and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie (Jools99),

I feel honored that you chose to read my Hub on your first day back from vacation (holiday). Thank you for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your continued support of my writing.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nick (nanderson500),

It's nice to meet you. Thank you for reading my article and commenting.

The full-length versions of several of the movies I discussed are available on YouTube. You might start there if you want to view some of the 1939 classics.


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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I watch classic movies all the time and forgot about 1939 and all those great movies made during that time. I like them all, but The Wizard of Oz was the best to me.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Angela Kane,

It's nice to meet you. Thank you for reading my article and adding your comment.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Interesting and colorful ...

Its nice of you to elaborate so well on the 1939 academy awards. It really was the best year..

I have seen Gone with the wind and Wuthering Heights... but Gone With The Wind takes the prize for me

Excellent writing and presentation :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rahul (rahul0324),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I've seen several of the nominated movies, but I'm not going to decide which one I like the most until I've had an opportunity to see all of them.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I've long said that 1991 was the best year for music... 1939 is one of the best for cinema. My wife and I recently watched Mr Smith and Gone with the Wind and were amazed at how those movies don't seem dated. Wizard of Oz has long been one of our favorites. I need to check out some of the others on here for sure. Thanks for writing. Up and shared.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Justin (PDXKaraokeGuy),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I think I'm going to have a 1939 film festival at home and watch all of the nominated films.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Daisy... invite me!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Justin,

Thanks for visiting again. I'll keep you in mind.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

That was really a remarkable year for pictures. No, I was not alive yet, but I have seen them all. Great look at history, Daisy!


AudraLeigh 4 years ago

Daisy! I love reading movie hubs! They are my favorite things! I like movies of most genres and eras! You did great research into writing this and found great clips! Sadly, I know 1939 was a great year in film! However, I have only seen one on the list; 'The Wizard of Oz'. I have seen the Fonda version of 'Of Mice and Men', but not the Burgess Merideth one. My Mom's fave is 'Gone With The Wind'. I will show her this! Great job!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bill (billybuc),

Thanks for reading, commenting in, and sharing my Hub. I appreciate it.

I don't think circumstances will ever occur which will produce another year for film as great as 1939. Which of the movies nominated for best picture is your favorite?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audra,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. Do you think you're going to try to see some of the other 1939 films?


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I need to add a P.S....in the apprentice program one of the titles was 12th Academy Awards in 1940, which were for the movies in 1939. Though I was writing about the same awardsa nd movies you wrote here, hopefully it is different enough to be 'different'.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for visiting again. I published my Hub on September 21, 2012. It's an Exclusives title.

The 1939 Academy Awards were presented on February 29, 1940. It's very confusing...the awards presented in 1940 were for the 1939 movies.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I know, I just recently wrote mine which was also an exclusive title...hmm, getting too close for comfort with exclusive titles me thinks!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for stopping by again. I was in the first Apprenticeship group, the beta test group for the program. In addition to beta testing the program, we beta tested the Exclusives for six weeks before the feature was announced to the rest of HubPages.

What I noticed with the early Exclusives titles was that there were sometimes two similar titles, one case in point being the 1939 Academy Awards. I don't think there will be any problem with your article. You approached the topic differently from the way I did.

I wrote an Exclusives Hub about Broadway terms and definitions. There was a very similarly-worded Exclusives title to the one I selected. If anyone selects that title, I think they are going to run into *duplicate Hub* problems. I covered the topic rather extensively, and I don't think someone else will be able to publish an article on the same topic without having text in it that is very similar to what I wrote.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Gone with the Wind got my vote, followed very closely by the Wizard of Oz. Great blast from the past hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Picking a winner would have been difficult. The year 1939 was an outstanding year in the Hollywood film industry.

This Hub took me a while to complete. I kept watching the film clips, trying to decide which ones to include.

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