13th Academy Awards
|13th Academy Awards|
|Date||February 27, 1941|
|Site||Biltmore Bowl, Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, California
|Most awards||The Thief of Bagdad (3)|
|Most nominations||Rebecca (11)|
The 13th Academy Awards honored American film achievements in 1940. This was the first year that sealed envelopes were used to keep secret the names of the winners which led to the famous phrase: "May I have the Envelope, please." The accounting firm of Price Waterhouse was hired to count the ballots, after the fiasco of leaked voting results in 1939 by the Los Angeles Times.
Independent producer David O. Selznick, who had produced the previous year's big winner Gone with the Wind (1939), also produced the Best Picture winner in 1940, Rebecca - and campaigned heavily for its win. Selznick was the first to produce two consecutive winners of the Best Picture Oscar. Although Rebecca had eleven nominations, it only won for Best Picture and Best Cinematography (Black and White).
The film's studio - United Artists - was the last of the original film studios (the others were MGM, Columbia, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Universal, and Paramount) to win the Best Picture Oscar. Rebecca was the first American-made film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and the only film from him to win Best Picture. Hitchcock actually had two films in the running, for in addition to Rebecca his Foreign Correspondent was also in the running for Best Picture.
The Thief of Bagdad received the most Oscars of the evening, three, making it the first film to win the most awards without being nominated for Best Picture.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Academy Honorary Awards 
1941 Oscar firsts 
For the first time, names of all winners remained secret until the moment they received their awards.
Multiple nominations and awards 
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
See also 
- Academy Awards
- List of Academy Awards ceremonies
- Academy Honorary Award
- 1940 in film
- Governors Awards
- "The 13th Academy Awards (1941) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 06 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-12.