Best Picture Nominees of 1947
5 Films on Screen
1947 was an extraordinary year at the Academy Awards. Among the five nominees for Best Picture were two holiday films, a film noir, a British film paving the path for the future, and a traditional Hollywood drama with an established star. This year we celebrate the diamond anniversary of this crop of films by bringing you screenings of all five Best Picture nominees in December. Miracle on 34th Street was actually a summer release, despite taking place between Thanksgiving and Christmas, while The Bishop’s Wife came out in December. Crossfire capped the best year for film noir by examining American society from multiple angles. David Lean’s Great Expectations was not the first British film nominated for the top Oscar, but both it and the previous year’s Henry V allowed Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet to win the award in 1949 - the first non-Hollywood film to do so. The eventual winner of the award, Gentleman’s Agreement, tackled the issue of anti-semitism by having Gregory Peck go under cover to get a first-hand account of discrimination. Crossing over with both our Holidays series and our Noir ‘47 series, you’ll be able to make your own decision about the best film of the year.
Dates and Titles:
November 25: Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947)
December 2: Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947)
December 7: Crossfire (Edward Dmytryk, 1947)
December 10: The Bishop’s Wife (Henry Koster, 1947)
December 13: Gentleman’s Agreement (Elia Kazan, US 1947)
December 20: Great Expectations (David Lean, 1946)
December 22: The Bishop’s Wife (Henry Koster, 1947)
Events in this Series
Holidays | Best Picture Nominees of 1947 Released in the summer of 1947, Miracle on 34th Street has nonetheless grown into a perennial favorite, bridging the season from Thanksgiving to Christmas. When the Santa Clause hired for the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade turns up drunk, a jolly, bearded man named Kris (Edmund Gwenn) volunteers for the job.
Member Movie Night | Noir ‘47 | Best Picture Nominees of 1947 Nominated for Best Picture of the year, this Edward Dmytryk film is the apex of the best year of film noir. Fronted by three “Bobs” - Roberts Mitchum, Ryan, and Young - it is the story of a murder among post-war servicemen.
Best Picture Nominees of 1947 Gregory Peck stars as Philip Green, a journalist transplanted from California to New York assigned a series for his new magazine on the subject of anti-Semitism. He struggles with how to approach the topic until he decides to pass himself off as Jewish.