List of awards and nominations received by James Stewart

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This is a list of awards and honors given to actor James Stewart (1908–1997).

Receiving French Croix de Guerre with Palm in 1944

U.S. Military and civilian awards[edit]

Brig. Gen. Stewart ca. 1960

James Stewart was drafted in October 1940 into the United States Army, although he was initially rejected for being underweight. Work with a trainer allowed him to pass a subsequent physical, and he enlisted in the USAAC in March 1941.[1] During World War II he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals, as well as the French Croix de Guerre with bronze palm.[2]

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Command Pilot Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal Distinguished Flying Cross 2d Award
Air Medal 4th Award Army Commendation Medal Presidential Unit Citation
Presidential Medal of Freedom American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 stars World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award 5th Award Armed Forces Reserve Medal for 20 years French Croix de Guerre avec Palme

Film industry awards and honors[edit]

List of James Stewart awards
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Stewart in Rope (1948)

Award Wins Nominations
Academy Award 2 5
BAFTA Award 0 2
Golden Globe Award 1 3

Stewart was honored with many awards and nominations for acting during his career in motion pictures, television, and on stage, spanning over 60 years. These include an Academy Award for Best Actor for The Philadelphia Story in 1941.

Major awards[edit]

Year Nomination Work Result
Academy Awards
1940 Best Actor Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Nominated
1941 Best Actor The Philadelphia Story Won
1946 Best Actor It's a Wonderful Life Nominated
1950 Best Actor Harvey Nominated
1960 Best Actor Anatomy of a Murder Nominated
1985 Honorary Award Lifetime Achievement Won
Golden Globes
1951 Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama Harvey Nominated
1963 Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Nominated
1965 Cecil B. DeMille Award Lifetime Achievement Won
1974 Best TV Actor – Drama Hawkins Won
BAFTA Awards
1955 Best Foreign Actor The Glenn Miller Story Nominated
1960 Best Foreign Actor Anatomy of a Murder Nominated
Stewart in Harvey (1950)

Other awards won[edit]

Year Association Category Work
1939 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
1958 San Sebastián International Film Festival Silver Shell for Best Actor Vertigo
1959 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor Anatomy of a Murder
1959 Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actor Anatomy of a Murder
1962 Berlin International Film Festivals Silver Bear for Best Actor[3] Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
1982 Honorary Golden Bear[4] Lifetime Achievement
1968 Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement
1980 American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement
1983 Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement
1985 Honorary Oscar Lifetime Achievement
1990 National Board of Review Lifetime Achievement
1990 Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Lifetime Achievement[citation needed]
1990 National Association of Theatre Owners Lifetime Achievement[citation needed]
1992 Palm Springs International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement[citation needed]

United States National Film Registry[edit]

As of 2018, there are 11 films starring James Stewart preserved in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

AFI 100 Years... series[edit]

Stewart was named the third Greatest Male Star of All Time.

IMDb Top 250 movies[edit]

Films continuously listed on the IMDb Top 250 movies:

Entertainment Weekly[edit]

Stewart is the most represented leading actor with five films on the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time list presented by Entertainment Weekly.

Honors and titles[edit]

Memorials and tributes[edit]

Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Stewart has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1708 Vine Street. The star was once stolen but was subsequently replaced.
  • Stewart was invited to leave his handprints in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 1948.
  • In 1945, Col. James Stewart was featured on the cover of Life.
  • In 1971, James Stewart was featured on the cover of TV Guide.
  • In honor of his years of service with the U.S. Air Force, Brig. Gen. Stewart's original World War II A-2 jacket (a Rough Wear 1401 contract) has been displayed for many years at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. A patch for the 703rd Bomb Squadron is still sewn on the front of the jacket.
  • A World War II air force uniform belonging to Stewart is also on display in the American Air Museum at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, near Cambridge, England.
  • In 1972, Stewart was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • In his hometown, Indiana, Pennsylvania, a larger-than-life statue of Stewart was erected on the lawn of the Indiana County Courthouse on 20 May 1983 to celebrate Stewart's 75th birthday. In 1995, The Jimmy Stewart Museum, a museum dedicated to his life and career, opened as well in Indiana, Pennsylvania. A replica of his statue, rendered in green fiberglass resides in the museum. The Jimmy Stewart Museum also presents the "Harvey Award" to a distinguished celebrity tied to James Stewart's spirit of humanitarianism, citizenship, service to country and love of family. Recipients include Robert Wagner, Shirley Jones, Janet Leigh, Rich Little, Grace Kelly, Jim Caviezel.
  • James Stewart also has the Indiana County-Jimmy Stewart Airport named in his honor in Pennsylvania.
  • In November 1997, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich led an unsuccessful attempt to have Los Angeles International Airport renamed in Stewart's honour.[8]
  • In 1998, a year after Stewart's death, a monument was erected in his memory in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, where he hosted his annual "The Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon Race". The monument consists of a 25-foot flagpole, atop a rock pedestal, with a plaque praising the actor.
  • An award for Boy Scouts, "The James M. Stewart Good Citizenship Award" has been presented since 17 May 2003.[9]
  • On 13 August 2007, Building 52 on Bolling AFB, Washington D.C. was dedicated to Stewart and was renamed "Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart Theater". In the 1940s, the facility served as the base theater. In honor of General Stewart's distinguished military and film careers, the first video shown in the newly dedicated theater was a ten-minute Air Force recruitment spot he did as a lieutenant. General Stewart was the acting Reserve Wing Commander 11th Wing, at Bolling AFB in 1957-1958.
  • On 17 August 2007, the United States Postal Service issued a 41-cent commemorative postage stamp honoring James Stewart,[10] with the ceremonies being held at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California.
  • On the centenary of James Stewart's birth, 20 May 2008, Turner Classic Movies honored him with a marathon of his films, including The Stratton Story, The Mortal Storm, The Shop Around the Corner, The Philadelphia Story, The Glenn Miller Story, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Anatomy of a Murder, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Harvey.[11]
  • On 24 May 2008, the "Centennial Festival Day" was held in Stewart's hometown, centering on the Indiana County courthouse and Jimmy Stewart Museum. Items from Stewart's home were on display at the Indiana County Historical Society. An exhibit called "Dear Mr. Stewart," a collection of gifts to Stewart from fans, was on display. The items range from a poem ripped out of a notebook to an ostrich egg. The Boy Scouts had themed activity stations for children based on Stewart films. Co-star Grace Kelly was presented posthumously the "Harvey Award". The celebration also included a fly-over by the USAF, the USAF Brass Band and others, screenings of Stewart's films, and completing with birthday cake.[12]
  • On June 12, 2008, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted “A Centennial Tribute to James Stewart” in Beverly Hills, California. The program included film clips and comments from family, friends and colleagues. It also served as the closing for the University of California, Los Angeles Film & Television Archive's film festival "The Picture Starts in Heaven: James Stewart's Centennial", which began on 23 May 2008 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.[13][14]
  • General Stewart was also bestowed the honor of having a Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron named after him, with his permission. The Squadron is located in Sayreville, New Jersey, and is part of Group 223.[15]
  • An award for excellent student filmmakers, "The Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award" has been presented since 1999.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Smith 2005, p. 30.
  2. ^ "James M. Stewart". Veteran Tributes. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Berlinale 1962: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  4. ^ "Berlinale 1982: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-10-02.
  5. ^ a b Princeton University
  6. ^ The Jimmy Stewart Museum:Biography
  7. ^ WHDH Collection, Boston TV News Digital Library>
  8. ^ Los Angeles Airport
  9. ^ James M. Stewart Good Citizenship Award Archived 2008-06-24 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ United States Postal Service
  11. ^ TCM Schedule: May 20. Turner Classic Movies, 20 May 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  12. ^ The Jimmy Stewart Museum:Event
  13. ^ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  14. ^ Los Angeles Times
  15. ^ "Gen. Jimmy Stewart Composite Squadron". Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  16. ^ Heartland Film Festival Archived 2009-08-30 at the Wayback Machine