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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Studio: Samuel Goldwyn
Producer: Samuel Goldwyn
Starring: Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Russell.
Synopsis: Perhaps the most memorable film about the aftermath of World War II, it unfolds with the homecoming of three veterans to the same small town. The leads all touch emotional truths: Loy seems able to express longing, joy, fear and surprise - mostly with her back turned - in a particularly poignant welcome home. The movie never glosses over the reality of altered lives and the inability to communicate the experience of war on the front lines or the home front. A landmark achievement. This was the first picture for Harold Russell, a non-actor and war veteran who was an actual amputee. His performance brought him critical acclaim, and the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor as well as a Golden Globe award for Best Non-Professional Acting. He was also given a Special Academy Award "for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in the film."
Academy Awards®:
Best Picture   Won
Best Director Willliam Wyler
Best Actor
March Fredric
Best Supporting Actor
Harold Russell
Best Screenplay Robert E. Sherwood
Best Film Editing Daniel Mandell
Best Music Score of a Drama/Comedy Hugo Friedhofer
Special Achievement Awards Harold Russell
Golden Globes:    
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Harold Russell Special Achievements Won
National Film Registry:
Outstanding Film   Won
Best Film   Won
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