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Spencer Tracy's Acting Credentials: Awards and Highlights of Storied Career

By    |   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 09:21 PM

When Fox Film Corporation signed Spencer Tracy to a movie contract in 1930, the movie studio knew it was getting a talented stage actor. Unfortunately for Fox, it was only after he matriculated to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the mid-1930s did Tracy polish his movie-acting credentials and eventually earn a number of awards and career highlights in his long and storied career.

Tracy had been a respected actor during his time at Fox, though not many of his films were financial successes, but when he signed a contract with MGM, he almost immediately made a national impact.

He'd continue to have that kind of success for the next three decades, earning nine Oscar award nominations and winning the Best Actor award in consecutive years in 1937 and 1938, only the second person in history to win an Academy Award in back-to-back-years.

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Luise Rainer accomplished it in 1936 and 1937. Since then, Katharine Hepburn – Tracy's longtime lover –  in 1967 and 1968; Jason Robards in 1976 and 1977, and Tom Hanks in 1994 and 1995 have managed to win back-to-back awards, too.

After earning his first Oscar nomination in 1936 for Best Supporting Actor in "San Francisco," he won for Best Actor the next year for his portrayal of a Portuguese fisherman who saves a boy who's fallen into the ocean in the movie "Captains Courageous."

Although he won the Oscar, The New York Times critic Frank S. Nugent wrote, "Spencer Tracy, as Manuel, the boy's idol, seemed curiously unconvincing in the beginning probably because the accent does not become him, but [Tracy] made the part his in time."

Tracy hit another home run the following year with "Boys Town," in which he played Father Edward Flanagan, an Irish priest who established an orphanage for troubled boys in Omaha, Nebraska.

After shooting was complete, MGM head Louis B. Mayer wasn't sure he wanted to release the move because "there's no sex. There's no songs." But in a meeting with Mayer and Tracy, co-star Mickey Rooney pleaded his case.

"It's a song of freedom," Rooney said, according to Moviefone. "It's a song of rehabilitation. It's a song of youth, no matter what color or faith you are. It's about praying. It's about living a good life."

Tracy never won another Oscar, though he was nominated six times from 1951 to 1967, including the final film of his life, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."

Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote, "It offers Mr. Tracy so graciously in the last role he played before his death," and it was a fitting way for Tracy to end his career as one of the greatest actors in history.

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When Fox Film Corporation signed Spencer Tracy to a contract in 1930, the movie studio knew it was getting a talented stage actor. Unfortunately for Fox, it was only after he matriculated to MGM in the mid-1930s did Tracy polish his movie-acting credentials and eventually earn a number of awards.
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