You Can't Take It with You (1938)
What is it? Something of a culture clash comedy from Frank Capra, as the son (James Stewart) of a rich family takes them to meet his secretary girlfriend's (Jean Arthur) eccentric relatives, who prove to be key in his father's latest business scheme.
Why did it win? Well, Renoir's film is, when you get right down to it, foreign, so that was out. Jezebel was far too close a rip-off of the upcoming (and already much anticipated) Gone with the Wind, and Pygmalion didn't have the carefully calibrated sentiment that Capra's film boasted. And in fairness, it is genuinely entertaining.
Did it deserve to win? It's an utterly charming film, and quintessential Capra, but while it might hold its own against the Bette Davis starring Southern melodrama of Jezebel and Leslie Howard's Pygmalion, there was no world in which it could rightfully beat La Grande Illusion, Jean Renoir's none-more-classic war movie.
Worth a look? Yup - unless you're the person who doesn't like It's A Wonderful Life.