Best Picture Nominees: 1947

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Gentleman's Agreement (Elia Kazan)
Won Best Picture
Solonor's Pick
Phil Green (Gregory Peck), a well-known writer at a progressive New York magazine, decides to tackle anti-Semitism in a unique way. He pretends to be Jewish in order to write about the effects of bigotry. From being refused a job and access to public accommodations, to his son being beaten up and his fiancee (who at first doesn't know he's NOT Jewish) expressing concern over his faith, Green soon learns what it means to be Jewish.

Crossfire (Edward Dmytryk)
Nominated Best Picture
Homicide Capt. Finlay (Robert Young) finds evidence that one or more of a group of demobilized soldiers is involved in the death of Joseph Samuels (Sam Levene). In flashbacks, we see the night's events from different viewpoints as Sergeant Keeley (Robert Mitchum) investigates on his own, trying to clear his friend Mitchell (George Cooper), to whom circumstantial evidence points. Then the real, ugly motive for the killing begins to dawn on both Finlay and Keeley.

Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton)
Nominated Best Picture
A perennial Christmas favorite. At the Macy's Department Store Thanksgiving Day parade, the actor playing Santa is discovered to be drunk by a whiskered old man (Edmund Gwenn). Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara), the no nonsense special events director, persuades the old man to take his place. The old man proves to be a sensation and is quickly recruited to be the store Santa at the main Macy's outlet. While he is successful, he calls himself Kris Kringle and claims to be the actual Santa Claus. Doris has misgivings, especially when she has trained herself and her daughter, Susan (Natalie Wood), to reject all notions of fantasy. When a raucous conflict with the store's psychologist erupts, Kris finds himself held at Bellevue where, in despair, he deliberately fails a mental examination to ensure his commitment. All seems lost until Doris' friend, Fred Gaily (John Payne), reassure Kris of his worth and agrees to represent him in the fight to secure his release. To achieve that, Fred arranges a formal hearing in which he argues that Kris is sane, because he is in fact Santa Claus.


The Bishop's Wife (Henry Koster)
Nominated Best Picture
An episcopal Bishop, Henry Brougham (David Niven), has been working for months on the plans for a new cathedral, paid for by a stubborn widow. He is losing sight of his family and of why he became a churchman in the first place. Enter Dudley (Cary Grant), an angel sent to help him. Dudley does help everyone he meets, but not necessarily in the way they would have preferred. With the exception of Henry, everyone loves him, but Henry begins to believe that Dudley is there to replace him, at work and in his families affections, as Christmas approaches.

Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau)
From France. A half-ruined merchant (Marcel Andre) lives in the country with his son Ludovic (Michel Auclair) and his three daughters. Two of the daughters, Felicie (Mila Parely) and Adelaide (Nane Germon), are real shrews--selfish, pretentious and evil. They exploit the third daughter, Belle (Josette Day), as a servant. One day, the merchant becomes lost in the forest and enters a strange castle. He picks up a rose for Belle, and the not-too-impressed castle's owner (Jean Marais) appears. He is a monster, half-human (body) and half-beast (paws, head), and he has magic powers. He sentences the merchant to death, unless one of his daughters replaces him. Belle sacrifices herself for her father and goes to the castle. She discovers that the Beast is not so wild and inhuman as he looks.

Ivan the Terrible, Part I (Sergei M. Eisenstein)
IMDb Highest Rated
From Russia. In 1547, Ivan IV (Nikolai Cherkasov), archduke of Moscow, crowns himself Tsar of Russia and sets about reclaiming lost Russian territory. In scenes of his coronation, his wedding to Anastasia (Lyudmila Tselikovskaya), his campaign against the Tartars in Kazan, his illness when all think he will die, recovery, campaigns in the Baltic and Crimea, self-imposed exile in Alexandrov, and the petition of Muscovites that he return, his enemies among the boyars threaten his success. Chief among them are his aunt (Serafima Birman), who wants to advance the fortunes of her son (Andrei Abrikosov), a simpleton, and Kurbsky (Mikhail Nazvanov), a warrior prince who wants both power and the hand of Anastasia. Ivan deftly plays to the people to consolidate his power.

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Gentleman's Agreement
Miracle on 34th Street
The Bishop's Wife
Beauty and the Beast
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