So Bing Crosby has won Best Actor but Peter O'Toole and Cary Grant didn't?
EDIT: Cary Grant was nominated for two Oscars, both during WWII; he never won a Golden Globe, either, or a BAFTA, and his highest achievement with the New York Film Critics Circle was third place. But he did win the David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor for "North by Northwest".
Given the competition that year, not as implausible as it sounds: Alexander Knox as President Wilson, Cary Grant as a Cockney lowlife, Charles Boyer as a villianous husband, and Barry Fitzgerald. Ethel Barrymore won Best Supporting Actress for the role of Grant's mother, and Ingrid Bergman won Best Actress for playing Boyer's victim wife.
I appreciate the added color; even as I was simply shrugging my virtual shoulders at the idea of a crooner who (I do not think it does him any great injustice) is not particularly
an actor, being recognized as the year's Best Actor, I presumed that it was (shall we say) a lean year as the great War wore on.
(I do need to watch Gaslight
, having heard so much about it, particularly this last twelvemonth . . . .)
[ Am I doing The Bing an injustice? I admit I am recalling his acting in (what I have watched of) various Road to
— movies, and possibly have no experience of his . . . craft otherwise. ]