14th Academy Awards

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14th Academy Awards
DateFebruary 26, 1942
SiteBiltmore Bowl, Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA
Hosted byBob Hope
Best PictureHow Green Was My Valley
Most awardsHow Green Was My Valley (5)
Most nominationsSergeant York (11)

The 14th Academy Awards honored film achievements in 1941 and was held in the Biltmore Bowl at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony is now considered notable, in retrospect, as the year in which Citizen Kane failed to win Best Picture, which instead was awarded to John Ford's How Green Was My Valley. Ford won his third award for Best Director, becoming the second to accomplish three wins in that category, and the first to win in consecutive years (having won for The Grapes of Wrath the previous year).

Most public attention was focused on the Best Actress race between sibling rivals Joan Fontaine in Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion and Olivia de Havilland for Hold Back the Dawn. Fontaine’s victory was the only time a performer won for a role in a Hitchcock film.

This was also the first year in which documentaries were included. The first Oscar for a documentary was awarded to Churchill's Island.

The Little Foxes established a new high of nine nominations without winning a single Oscar. Its mark was matched by Peyton Place in 1957, and exceeded by The Turning Point and The Color Purple, both of which received 11 nominations without a win. Citizen Kane, often later designated as the greatest film ever made in a number of polls, was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but won only one, for Best Original Screenplay.

A portion of the ceremony was broadcast by CBS Radio.[1]


Darryl F. Zanuck; Best Picture winner
John Ford; Best Director winner
Gary Cooper; Best Actor winner
Joan Fontaine; Best Actress winner
Donald Crisp; Best Supporting Actor winner
Mary Astor; Best Supporting Actress winner
Herman J. Mankiewicz; Best Original Screenplay co-winner
Orson Welles; Best Original Screenplay co-winner
Bernard Herrmann; Best Original Score winner
Jerome Kern; Best Original Song co-winner
Oscar Hammerstein II; Best Original Song co-winner
Cedric Gibbons; Best Art Direction, Color co-winner
Ernest Palmer; Best Cinematography, Color co-winner
Leopold Stokowski; Honorary Academy Award recipient
Walt Disney; Honorary Academy Award and Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient

Nominations were announced on February 6, 1942. Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and marked with a dagger symbol (double-dagger).[2]

Academy Honorary Award[edit]

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 4–5. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  2. ^ "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-13.