A nomination in both an Actor/Actress category and a Supporting Actor/Actress category generally meant a major coupe for a solid character actor, however in 1942, Teresa Wright turned the tables on the Academy, using a double nomination to further her rising career as an ingénue!

Theatre aficionados would define an ingénue as a young romantic female lead between the ages of 16-30.  This definition would perhaps sum up most actresses in the prime of their career, and further, might suggest to me, a two dimensional character, designed to look good, and provide motivation to far more interesting actors. 

I might be a little off base in my definition, however, suffice it to say, in the early forties, Teresa Wright was being groomed in Hollywood for just such a role.  The fact that she could actually act was simply an added perk.  

Wright received three Oscar nominations during her career - remarkably for her first three films.  Her first nomination came in 1941, playing Bette Davis' disapproving daughter in The Little Foxes.  While she didn't win, the performance got her noticed, and suddenly she was getting roles that other actresses might only have dreamed of.  

Wright's persona was that of a sweet natured girl next door, and her studio, MGM, capitalized on that by giving her plum roles in high profile films.  

In 1942, with war on the horizon, Wright played in two very relevant films.  The first was Mrs. Miniver, a story about a family struggling through the war in England.  When the film was released, American involvement in World War II was just getting underway.  The events made this film all the more relevant.  Wright was given a supporting role, playing the sharp witted neighbor and love interest to Greer Garson's war-bound son.  

Wright was also cast in a leading role, starring opposite Gary Cooper in Pride of the Yankees, a biography about Lou Gehrig.  With baseball, the great American past time, taking a backseat to war, the film served as a symbolic reminder of the American way of life, and audiences loved it.  

The 1942 Oscar's honored Wright in both categories, giving her the leading Actress nomination for Pride of the Yankees.  While baseball was an American treasure,  the war was a gripping reality, and the Academy gave the Best Picture award to Mrs. Miniver.  Mrs. Miniver went on to sweep a host of other awards, including the Best Actress Oscar for its star, Greer Garson.  Wright would carry the torch for double nominees that year, taking home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her part in the patriotic film.   




An ingénue rides the wave of the war effort!
Teresa proves herself to be a mouthy ball fan!
With Walter Winchell, Teresa exerts her opinion of 'tanglefoot' Lou Gehrig.
... but she gets hers when she trips in front of his table. 
Word has it that Lou Gehrig is interested in the saucy Teresa.
Gary Cooper, as Lou Gehrig, wows Teresa on their first date.
Wright is given a chilly reception from her future mother-in-law. 
Gary tells Teresa that he has taken care of his issue with his mother, and then proposes marriage.
Teresa revels in being a ball players wife. 
The loving husband and wife spend the entire film  professing their love to each other.