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The 13th Academy Awards (1941)

Held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel on Thursday, February 27, 1941,
honoring movies released in 1940.

13th Academy Awards ceremony held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel.

13th Academy Awards ceremony held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel.

Best Picture

Rebecca Full Image


Selznick International Pictures; United Artists.

Best Actress and Best Actor

Ginger Rogers and James Stewart Full Image

Ginger Rogers and James Stewart

Best Actress Ginger Rogers ("Kitty Foyle") and Best Actor James Stewart ("The Philadelphia Story").

Best Screenplay

Best Screenplay Donald Ogden Stewart ("The Philadelphia Story"). Full Image

Donald Ogden Stewart

Best Screenplay Donald Ogden Stewart ("The Philadelphia Story").

The Year

  • Best Picture: "Rebecca" (View Image)
    • "Rebecca" also won the Academy Award for Black-and-White Cinematography (George Barnes).
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a six-minute, direct-line radio address from the White House, paying tribute to the work being done by Hollywood's citizenry. This was the first time an American president had participated in an Academy Awards evening.
  • For the first time, the names of all the winners were kept secret until they were announced during the ceremony.
  • Walter Brennan became the first performer to win three Academy Awards for acting (for his supporting performances in "Come and Get It" in 1936, "Kentucky" in 1938, and "The Westerner" in 1940). (View Image)
  • Bob Hope was the master of ceremonies.
  • In February 1940, RKO released Walt Disney's "Pinocchio." It won Academy Awards for Song and Original Score.
  • In April 1940, Booker T. Washington became the first African-American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp. (View Image)
  • In May 1940, the McDonald brothers opened their first restaurant, McDonald's Bar-B-Que, in San Bernardino, California. (The restaurant chain bearing the McDonald's name and featuring the familiar "Golden Arches" did not appear until 1955, when franchise owner Ray Kroc opened his first restaurant.)
  • In September 1940, Nazi Germany began its campaign of sustained bombing of London, now remembered as the Blitz.
  • In November 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Wendell Willkie in the presidential election and became the United States' first and only third-term president.
  • In December 1940, the Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins 73-0 in the NFL Championship Game – the most lopsided victory in NFL history.

Special Award

To Bob Hope, in recognition of his unselfish services to the Motion Picture Industry.

Special Award

To Colonel Nathan Levinson for his outstanding service to the industry and the Army during the past nine years, which has made possible the present efficient mobilization of the motion picture industry facilities for the production of Army Training Films.

See all Nominees and Winners

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