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The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives is a 1946 movie about three servicemen (an airman, a soldier, and a sailor) trying to piece their lives back together after coming back home from WWII. It is based on a novel by MacKinlay Kantor, Glory for Me. The large cast includes Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and Hoagy Carmichael.
Directed by William Wyler and with cinematography by Gregg Toland, the film received seven Academy Awards. Harold Russell, who lost both hands in the war and played an amputee, received an honorary award "for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance" in the movie.
- Academy Award for Best Picture - Samuel Goldwyn producer
- Academy Award for Best Actor - Fredric March
- Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor - Harold Russell
- Academy Award for Directing - William Wyler
- Best Film Editing - Daniel Mandell
- Best Music Scoring - Hugo Friedhofer
- Best Writing, Screenplay - Robert E. Sherwood
It was nominated for one further award
- Best Sound Recording - Gordon Sawyer
The film has also been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
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