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1940 (13th Annual Awards)
Academy Award Overview

Shown below is an overview of the 1940 Academy Awards, comprised of selected items from the WebMaster’s collection. (All of the items for a given category—for example, all Reminder Lists—can be found in the “Gallery” section.)

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The 1940 Preliminaries

1940 (13th) Reminder List of Eligible Releases

1940 (13th) Voting Rules
Eligibility Period:
January 1, 1940 to December 31, 1940

Reminder List of Eligible Releases

Text of Voting Rules

The 1940 Ceremony

Thursday, February 27, 1941
8:45 PM

The Biltmore Bowl of the
Biltmore Hotel,
Los Angeles

Nominations & Winners
Winners Only
Nominations by Film
Nomination Statistics by Film

See Also:
    Nominations & Winners by Category
    Winners Only by Category

The 1940 Winners

1940 (13th) Best Picture Poster: “Rebecca”

1940 (13th) Best Picture Home Page Background: “Rebecca”

Best Picture:
Selznick International Pictures;
United Artists

Best Picture Poster

Best Picture Home Page Background

1940 (13th) Best Actor: James Stewart   1940 (13th) Best Actor Volpe Sketch: James Stewart Best Actor:
James Stewart
as Macaulay ‘Mike’ Connor
in the film
The Philadelphia Story

1940 (13th) Best Actress: Ginger Rogers   1940 (13th) Best Actress Volpe Sketch: Ginger Rogers Best Actress:
Ginger Rogers
as Kitty Foyle
in the film
Kitty Foyle

1940 (5th) Best Supporting Actor: Walter Brennan Best Supporting Actor:
Walter Brennan
as Judge Roy W. Bean
in the film
The Westerner

1940 (5th) Best Supporting Actress: Jane Darwell Best Supporting Actress:
Jane Darwell
as Ma Joad
in the film
The Grapes of Wrath

1940 (7th) Best Song: “When You Wish upon a Star” Best Song:
When You Wish upon a Star
from the film

Music by Leigh Harline;
lyrics by Ned Washington

Best Song Lyrics