Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Edmund Gwenn)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (George Seaton)
National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best PictureAward details: (details at IMDb)
Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City, and focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. The film has become a perennial Christmas favorite. The film won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Writing, Original Story and Best Writing, Screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Picture, losing to Gentleman's Agreement. Davies also penned a short novelization of the tale, which was published by Harcourt Brace simultaneously with the film's release.