14th Academy Awards

14th Academy Awards
Date February 26, 1942
Site Biltmore Bowl, Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA
Hosted by Bob Hope
Best Picture How Green Was My Valley
Most awards How Green Was My Valley (5)
Most nominations Sergeant York (11)

The 14th Academy Awards honored American film achievements in 1941 and was held in the Biltmore Bowl at the Biltmore Hotel. The ceremony is now considered notable, in retrospect, as the year in which Citizen Kane failed to win Best Picture, which instead was awarded to John Ford's How Green Was My Valley. Ford won his third award for Best Director, becoming the second to accomplish three wins in that category, and the first to win in consecutive years (having won for The Grapes of Wrath the previous year).

Gary Cooper and Joan Fontaine holding their Oscars at an Academy Awards after party in 1942.

Most public attention was focused on the Best Actress race between sibling rivals Joan Fontaine in Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion and Olivia de Havilland for Hold Back the Dawn. Fontaine’s victory was the only time an actress won for a performance in an Alfred Hitchcock film.

This was also the first year in which documentaries were included. The first Oscar for a documentary was awarded to Churchill's Island.

The Little Foxes established a new high of nine nominations without winning a single Oscar. Its 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.

A portion of the ceremony was broadcast by CBS Radio.[1]


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[2]

Outstanding Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Story Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Film, One-Reel Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel
Best Animated Short Film
Best Score of a Dramatic Picture Best Scoring of a Musical Picture
Best Original Song Best Sound Recording
Best Art Direction, Black and White Best Art Direction, Color
Best Cinematography, Black and White Best Cinematography, Color
Best Film Editing Best Special Effects

Academy Honorary Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 11 nominations: Sergeant York
  • 10 nominations: How Green Was My Valley
  • 9 nominations: Citizen Kane, The Little Foxes
  • 7 nominations: Here Comes Mr. Jordan
  • 6 nominations: Hold Back the Dawn
  • 4 nominations: Ball of Fire, Blossoms in the Dust, That Hamilton Woman
  • 3 nominations: The Chocolate Soldier, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Maltese Falcon, Sun Valley Serenade, Sundown, Suspicion
  • 2 nominations: All-American Co-Ed, All That Money Can Buy, Aloma of the South Sea, Blood and Sand, Buck Privates, The Devil and Miss Jones, Dive Bomber, Dumbo, Ladies in Retirement, Louisiana Purchase, Topper Returns, You'll Never Get Rich

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 5 wins: How Green Was My Valley
  • 2 wins: Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Sergeant York, Fantasia

See also


  1. Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
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