Best Actress, 1939
Bette Davis (Dark Victory), Irene Dunne (Love Affair), Greta Garbo (Ninotchka), Greer Garson (Goodbye, Mr. Chips), Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind - winner)
Okay, so Judy Garland was robbed for Oz. That glaring oversight aside, it's hard to argue with the sheer star power involved in this Best Actress slate, involving the leads in fully five of the 10 Best Picture nominees. Iconic actresses like Greta Garbo, Bette Davis, and especially Gone With the Wind's winner Vivien Leigh ("As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!") showed how indispensable they were to the success of their films. Leigh's GWtW castmate Hattie McDaniel proved a similar point — and made history as the first African-American to win an Oscar — when she earned Best Supporting Actress that same year.