The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress – 1943
I love 1943. The synopsis goes by so quickly.
Casablanca wins Best Picture and Best Director for Michael Curtiz (talked about here). I rest my case.
Paul Lukas wins Best Actor for Watch on the Rhine (talked about here). Second worst Best Actor-winning performance (and probable worst Best Actor decision) of all time. Really terrible. Jennifer Jones wins Best Actress for The Song of Bernadette (talked about here). Makes sense, and was a solid choice, since Ingrid Bergman was nominated for the wrong film (not Casablanca). And Best Supporting Actor was Charles Coburn for The More the Merrier (talked about here). Great decision, although it breaks my heart to see Claude Rains lose.
Then there’s this category. Weak as hell, completely irrelevant, historically, and thoroughly forgettable in every way. The decision almost doesn’t matter.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – 1943
And the nominees were…
Gladys Cooper, The Song of Bernadette
Paulette Goddard, So Proudly We Hail!
Katina Paxinou, For Whom the Bell Tolls
Anne Revere, The Song of Bernadette
Lucile Watson, Watch on the Rhine (more…)