1946 is a simple year. The Best Years of Our Lives wins Best Picture, Best Actor for Frederic March (taked about here), Best Supporting Actor for Harold Russell (talked about here) and Best Director for William Wyler (talked about here). All were perfect decisions, and were going to happen no matter what, given the film’s subject matter and its timeliness about a major historical event. I know we all love It’s a Wonderful Life, but it didn’t have a chance.
Best Actress this year was Olivia de Havilland for To Each His Own (talked about here). That was a perfect decision, and she was well overdue by this point.
That actually covers it for the year. The only category left is this one, which was a terrific choice, since the category was really weak, and, based on performance and historical factors involving hindsight, this was actually the best decision in the category.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – 1946
And the nominees were…
Ethel Barrymore, The Spiral Staircase
Anne Baxter, The Razor’s Edge
Lillian Gish, Duel in the Sun
Flora Robson, Saratoga Trunk
Gale Sondergaard, Anna and the King of Siam (more…)