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 were held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was briefly cancelled due to the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.[1]

The ceremony is now considered notable as the year in which Citizen Kane failed to win Best Picture, losing to John Ford's How Green Was My Valley. Later regarded as the greatest film ever made, Citizen Kane was nominated for nine awards but won only one, for Best Original Screenplay.

John Ford won his third Best Director award for How Green Was My Valley, becoming the second to do so (after Frank Capra), and the first to win the award in consecutive years (following The Grapes of Wrath in 1940).

Much public attention was focused on the Best Actress race between sibling rivals Joan Fontaine, for Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion, and Olivia de Havilland, for Hold Back the Dawn. Fontaine won, becoming the only acting winner from a film directed by Hitchcock.

The Little Foxes set a record by receiving nine nominations without winning a single Oscar; this 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.

This year marked the debut of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Bette Davis had sought to open the ceremony to the public for the benefit of the American Red Cross, but was turned down and she ended up resigning from her post as President of AMPAS over this.[1]

A portion of the ceremony was broadcast by CBS Radio.[2]


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 (‡).[3]

Academy Honorary Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ a b Wallechinsky, David; Wallace, Irving (1975). The People's Almanac. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. p. 835. ISBN 0-385-04060-1.
  2. ^ 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 September 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011.