The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Jane Darwell)
National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Henry Fonda)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Robert L. Simpson)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Nunnally Johnson)Award details: (details at IMDb)
The Grapes of Wrath is a 1940 drama film directed by John Ford. It was based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Nunnally Johnson and the executive producer was Darryl F. Zanuck. The film tells the story of the Joads, an Oklahoma family, who, after losing their farm during the Great Depression in the 1930s, become migrant workers and end up in California. The motion picture details their arduous journey across the United States as they travel to California in search of work and opportunities for the family members. In 1989, this film was one of the first 25 films to be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."