If he became a star in “The Maltese Falcon” I think he became An Actor in “Casablanca.” He’s tough, cynical, will love ‘em and leave ‘em. But he can be broken down by heart- ache. “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” He’s really put through the mill. As cabaret owner Rick Blaine, the enormity of the coincidence and his face when he sees Ilsa is alone worth an Oscar.
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1942 WINNERS and NOMINEES – BEST ACTOR
James Cagney – Yankee Doodle Dandy
Gary Cooper – The Pride of the Yankees
Monty Woolley – The Pied Piper
Ronald Colman – Random Harvest
Walter Pidgeon – Mrs. Miniver