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1940s Academy Award Winners

The 1940s saw a large variety of films. The decade included the end of the Great Depression, the build-up to US intervention in WWII, the end of the NAZIs, and the lead up to the US becoming one of only two super powers.

This decade was dominated by crime dramas, Humphrey Bogart's greatest hits, and Walt Disney's continued presence of animated features. However, the film that is most remembered for changing the face of cinematography failed to win the Oscar for Best Picture, Citizen Kane.

In 1940 the Best Picture Oscar was named "Outstanding production" and from 1941 to 1943 "Outstanding Motion Picture" and from 1944 to 1961 "Best Motion Picture".

1940s Oscar Winners for Best Picture:
1949: All the King's Men
1948: Hamlet
1947: Gentleman's Agreement
1946: The Best Years of Our Lives
1945: The Lost Weekend
1944: Going My Way
1943: Casablanca
1942: Mrs. Miniver
1941: How Green Was My Valley
1940: Rebecca


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