Orson Welles: How many Oscars will “Citizen Kane” score?

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“Citizen Kane” is nominated for nine Oscars at the 1941 Academy Awards. The awards are being presented at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Here are the nominations.

Outstanding Motion Picture – RKO Radio Pictures (Orson Welles, Producer)

Best Director – Orson Welles

Best Actor – Orson Welles

Best Writing (Original Screenplay) – Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles

Best Art Direction (Black-and-White) – Perry Ferguson, Van Nest Polglase, A. Roland Fields, Darrell Silvera

Best Film Editing – Robert Wise

Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) – Gregg Toland

Best Music (Score of a Dramatic Picture) – Bernard Herrmann

Best Sound Recording – John O. Aalberg

It’s widely tipped the film will win most of the awards it’s been nominated for.

But every time its name is called out, the crowd boos. Most of Hollywood don’t want the film to see the light of day, considering the threats that William Randolph Hearst had made if it does.

According to Variety, bloc voting against Welles by screen extras denied him Best Picture and Actor awards.

It wins only one Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) with Welles sharing credit with Mankiewicz. It’s as if he’s being taught to stop being so selfish.

The boy wonder is brought down a peg or two by winning an Oscar.

Only in Hollywood.


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