Perhaps the most memorable film about the aftermath of World War II, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES unfolds with the homecoming of three veterans to the same small town. The leads all touch emotional truths: Myrna 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. WWII vet Harold Russell, who lost his hands in the war, is the only person to win two Oscars for the same role, Best Supporting Actor and a special Oscar "for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance."
Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1946
Academy Awards Best Picture 1946
Academy Awards Best Actor 1946 Fredric March American Actor, A STAR IS BORN (1937)
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1946 Harold Russell Actor/"Best Years.."
Academy Awards Special Achievement Awards 1946 Harold Russell Actor/"Best Years.."
Academy Awards Best Director 1946 William Wyler Acclaimed Director
Academy Awards Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award 1946 Samuel Goldwyn Legendary Early Hollywood Producer/Studio Head
Academy Awards Best Original Score 1946 Hugo Friedhofer American Composer/ D. 1981
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1946 Robert E. Sherwood Playwright/Screenwriter