Classic Film Guide


1939 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees)

(winners listed first, in bold print)

Best Picture

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Dark Victory (1939)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Love Affair (1939)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Ninotchka (1939)

Of Mice and Men (1939)

Stagecoach (1939)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Wuthering Heights (1939)


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Robert Donat, Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Mickey Rooney, Babes in Arms (1939)

Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind (1939)

James Stewart, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Laurence Olivier, Wuthering Heights (1939)


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind (1939)

Bette Davis, Dark Victory (1939)

Greer Garson, Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Irene Dunne, Love Affair (1939)

Greta Garbo, Ninotchka (1939)


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Thomas Mitchell, Stagecoach (1939)

Brian Donlevy, Beau Geste (1939)

Brian Aherne, Juarez (1939)

Harry Carey, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Claude Rains, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)


Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Hattie McDaniel, Gone with the Wind (1939)

Edna May Oliver, Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind (1939)

Maria Ouspenskaya, Love Affair (1939)

Geraldine Fitzgerald, Wuthering Heights (1939)


Best Director

Victor Fleming, Gone with the Wind (1939)

Sam Wood, Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Frank Capra, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

John Ford, Stagecoach (1939)

William Wyler, Wuthering Heights (1939)


Best Writing, Original Story

Lewis Foster, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Felix Jackson, Bachelor Mother (1939)

Mildred Cram & Leo McCarey, Love Affair (1939)

Melchior Lengyel, Ninotchka (1939)

Lamar Trotti, Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)


Best Writing, Screenplay

Sidney Howard, Gone with the Wind (1939)

Eric Maschwitz & R.C. Sherriff & Claudine West, Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Sidney Buchman, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Charles Brackett & Walter Reisch & Billy Wilder, Ninotchka (1939)

Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur, Wuthering Heights (1939)


Best B&W Cinematography

Gregg Toland, Wuthering Heights (1939)

Joseph Valentine, First Love (1939)

Victor Milner, The Great Victor Herbert (1939)

Joseph August, Gunga Din (1939)

Gregg Toland, Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)

Tony Gaudio, Juarez (1939)

Norbert Brodine, Lady of the Tropics (1939)

Joseph Walker, Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Arthur C. Miller, The Rains Came (1939)

Bert Glennon, Stagecoach (1939)


Best Color Cinematography

Ernest Haller & Ray Rennahan, Gone With the Wind (1939)

Ray Rennahan & Bert Glennon, Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Georges PĂ©rinal & Osmond Borradaile, The Four Feathers (1939)

William Skall, The Mikado (1939)

Sol Polito & W. Howard Greene, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Harold Rosson, The Wizard of Oz (1939)


Best Art Direction

Lyle Wheeler, Gone with the Wind (1939)

Hans Dreier & Robert Odell, Beau Geste (1939)

Charles D. Hall, Captain Fury (1939)

Jack Otterson & Martin Obzina, First Love (1939)

Van Nest Polglase & Alfred Herman, Love Affair (1939)

John Victor Mackay, Man of Conquest (1939)

Lionel Banks, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Anton Grot, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

William Darling & George Dudley, The Rains Came (1939)

Alexander Toluboff, Stagecoach (1939)

Cedric Gibbons & William Horning, The Wizard of Oz (1939)

James Basevi, Wuthering Heights (1939)


Best Sound, Recording

Bernard B. Brown, When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

Douglas Shearer, Balalaika (1939)

Thomas Moulton, Gone with the Wind (1939)

A.W. Watkins, Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Loren Ryder, The Great Victor Herbert (1939)

John Aalberg, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Charles Lootens, Man of Conquest (1939)

John Livadary, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Elmer Raguse, Of Mice and Men (1939)

Nathan Levinson, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Edmund Hansen, The Rains Came (1939)


Best Film Editing

Hal Kern & James Newcom, Gone With the Wind (1939)

Charles Frend, Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Gene Havlick & Al Clark, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Barbara McLean, The Rains Came (1939)

Otho Lovering & Dorothy Spencer, Stagecoach (1939)


Best Effects, Special Effects (first year for this category)

Fred Sersen (photographic); Edmund Hansen (sound), The Rains Came (1939)

Jack Cosgrove (photographic); Fred Albin & Arthur Johns (sound), Gone With the Wind (1939)

Roy Davidson (photographic); Edwin Hahn (sound), Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Byron Haskin (photographic); Nathan Levinson (sound), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Roy Seawright (photographic), Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

Farciot Edouart & Gordon Jennings (photographic); Loren Ryder (sound), Union Pacific (1939)

A. Arnold Gillespie (photographic); Douglas Shearer (sound), The Wizard of Oz (1939)


Best Music, Original Song

Harold Arlen (music); E.Y. Harburg (lyrics), "Over the Rainbow", The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Ralph Rainger (music); Leo Robin (I) (lyrics), "Faithful Forever", Gulliver’s Travels (1939)

Buddy DeSylva, "Wishing", Love Affair (1939)

Irving Berlin, "I Poured My Heart Into a Song", Second Fiddle (1939)


Best Music, Original Score

Herbert Stothart, The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Max Steiner, Dark Victory (1939)

Werner Janssen, Eternally Yours (1939)

Victor Young, Golden Boy (1939)

Max Steiner, Gone with the Wind (1939)

Victor Young, Gulliver's Travels (1939)

Lud Gluskin & Lucien Moraweck, The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

Victor Young, Man of Conquest (1939)

Anthony Collins, Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)

Aaron Copland, Of Mice and Men (1939)

Alfred Newman, The Rains Came (1939)

Alfred Newman, Wuthering Heights (1939)


Best Music, Scoring

Richard Hageman & W. Franke Harling & John Leipold & Leo Shuken, Stagecoach (1939)

Roger Edens & George Stoll, Babes in Arms (1939)

Charles Previn, First Love (1939)

Phil Boutelje & Arthur Lange, The Great Victor Herbert (1939)

Alfred Newman, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Louis Forbes, Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)

Dimitri Tiomkin, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Aaron Copland, Of Mice and Men (1939)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Cy Feuer, She Married a Cop (1939)

Louis Silvers, Swanee River (1939)

Alfred Newman, They Shall Have Music (1939)

Victor Young, Way Down South (1939)

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