PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
HIS GIRL FRIDAY (WINNER)
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT
MY FAVORITE WIFE
My favorite film of all time, His Girl Friday, is the easy choice for me as Best Film of 1940. A perfect screwball comedy that has the fastest speaking dialogue ever. Check out the other films I nominated this year as two more Cary Grant films made the list with The Philadelphia Story and My Favorite Wife.
JOHN FORD - THE GRAPES OF WRATH
HOWARD HAWKS - HIS GIRL FRIDAY (WINNER)
ALFRED HITCHCOCK - REBECCA
GEORGE CUKOR - THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
ROBERT Z. LEONARD - PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
The second Montie goes to Hawks for his smooth direction of His Girl Friday. Hawks was a master of several different genres and he showed he could switch gears from comedy to drama to western with the greatest of ease.
CARY GRANT - HIS GIRL FRIDAY (WINNER)
HENRY FONDA - THE GRAPES OF WRATH
JAMES STEWART - THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
ROBERT TAYLOR - WATERLOO BRIDGE
Mr. Grant picks up his second Montie for his wonderful turn as the scheming and manipulative newspaper editor Walter Burns in His Girl Friday. This is one of my favorite performances by Cary as he is just phenomenal. Sorry Jimmy.
VIVIEN LEIGH - WATERLOO BRIDGE
JOAN FONTAINE - REBECCA
ROSALIND RUSSELL - HIS GIRL FRIDAY (WINNER)
GINGER ROGERS - KITTY FOYLE
KATHERINE HEPBURN - THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
Rosalind Russell easily matched Cary tit for tat in His Girl Friday with her amazing performance as ace reporter Hildy Johnson. But this race was really close as I thought Leigh was outstanding with her follow-up to Gone with The Wind in Waterloo Bridge and a really good turn by Joan Fontaine in Rebecca. Sorry girls, but Roz gets this Montie. Her second consecutive I might add. Go Roz!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
WALTER BRENNAN - THE WESTERNER
DENNIS MORGAN - KITTY FOYLE
HUMPHREY BOGART - THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT
BASIL RATHBONE - THE MARK OF ZORRO
The sly and urbane George Sanders was very good in the film Rebecca. A foreshadowing of his other great future performance in All About Eve. Maybe he will pick up his second Montie for that performance as well. We shall see.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
JANE DARWELL - THE GRAPES OF WRATH
RUTH HUSSEY - THE PHILADEPHIA STORY
ANN SHERIDAN - THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT
GAIL PATRICK - MY FAVORITE WIFE
While Jane Darwell gave a powerful performance in The Grapes of Wrath, I went with Judith Anderson's truly wicked performance as the sinister Mrs. Danvers. Everytime I see this film, she just creeps me out.
So for the fifth year in a row, a comedy takes home the top prize as His Girl Friday just rolls over the competition and goes home with 4 Monties total. Rebecca grabs the other two awards in the supporting categories.
Up next: 1941...