Awards and honors

Because of its November 1942 release, the New York Film Critics decided to include the film in its 1942 award season for best picture. Casablanca lost to In Which We Serve.[72] However, the Academy stated that since the film went into national release in the beginning of 1943, it would be included in that year's nominations.[101] Casablanca was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and won three. When the award for Best Picture was announced, producer Hal B. Wallis got up to accept but studio head Jack L. Warner rushed up to the stage "with a broad, flashing smile and a look of great self-satisfaction," Wallis later recalled. "I couldn’t believe it was happening. Casablanca had been my creation; Jack had absolutely nothing to do with it. As the audience gasped, I tried to get out of the row of seats and into the aisle, but the entire Warner family sat blocking me. I had no alternative but to sit down again, humiliated and furious. ... Almost forty years later, I still haven't recovered from the shock."[102] This incident would lead Wallis to leave Warner Bros. in April.[103]

Award Category Nominee Result
16th Academy Awards Outstanding Motion Picture Warner Bros. (Hal B. Wallis, Producer) Won
Best Director Michael Curtiz Won
Best Actor Humphrey Bogart Nominated
Best Writing, Screenplay Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch Won
Best Supporting Actor Claude Rains Nominated
Best Cinematography Arthur Edeson Nominated
Best Film Editing Owen Marks Nominated
Best Music (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) Max Steiner Nominated

In 1989, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 2005, it was named one of the 100 greatest films of the last 80 years by Time magazine (the selected films were not ranked). Screenwriting teacher Robert McKee maintains that the script is "the greatest screenplay of all time".[14] In 2006, the Writers Guild of America, West agreed, voting it the best ever in its list of the 101 greatest screenplays.[104] The film has been selected by the American Film Institute for many of their lists.

Year Category Nominee Rank
1998 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 2
2001 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 37
2002 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions 1
2003 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains Rick Blaine (hero) 4
2004 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs "As Time Goes By" 2
2005 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes 5, 20, 28, 32, 43, and 67 (see Quotations section below)
2006 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers 32
2007 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) 3

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