11th Academy Award Ceremony

Date: February 23, 1939

Best Picture

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Spencer Tracy for Boys Town

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Walter Brennan for Kentucky

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Director

Best Writing, Original Story

  • Eleanore Griffin & Dore Schary for Boys Town

Best Writing, Screenplay

  • George Bernard Shaw, Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Lewis, & W.P. Lipscomb for Pygmalion

Best Cinematography

  • Joseph Ruttenberg for The Great Waltz

Best Art Direction

  • Carl Jules Weyl for The Adventures of Robin Hood

Best Sound, Recording

  • Thomas T. Moulton for The Cowboy and the Lady

Best Film Editing

  • Ralph Dawson for The Adventures of Robin Hood

Best Original Song

  • Ralph Rainger & Leo Robin for “Thanks for the Memory” from The Big Broadcast of 1938

Best Original Score

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold for The Adventures of Robin Hood

Best Scoring

  • Alfred Newman for Alexander’s Ragtime Band

Best Short Subject, Two-Reel

  • The Declaration of Independence

Best Short Subject, One-Reel

  • That Mothers Might Live

Best Short Subject, Cartoons

  • Walt Disney for Ferdinand the Bull

Juvenile Award

  • Deanna Durbin
  • Mickey Rooney