Sergeant York (1941)
Gary Cooper won his first Best Actor Academy Award for his titled portrayal in this incredible true story of an American World War I hero pacifist sharpshooter Alvin York; it was directed by Howard Hawks (also Oscar nominated). Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Walter Brennan Joan Leslie George Tobias Margaret Wycherly (who received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination) as York’s mother Stanley Ridges Ward Bond Noah Beery Jr. June Lockhart and Dickie Moore (among others) lend support. The film received a total of eleven Academy Award nominations: Best Picture Writing (including John Huston & Howard Koch among others) B&W Art Direction-Interior Decoration & Cinematography Sound & Score and also won for Editing (William Holmes’s only Academy recognition). Coop’s title character is AFI’s #35 hero. #57 on AFI’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies list. Added to the National Film Registry in 2008.