Throwback Thursday: Humphrey Bogart Accepts His Oscar for “The African Queen”

We don’t need to tell you what a legend Humphrey Bogart is. By merely starring in Casablanca — a film many believe to be the best ever made — he gained immortality through his work. Never one to rest on his laurels, he followed up that iconic film with others that are also viewed as masterpieces. Among these are 1951’s The African Queen. In this classic, Bogart portrayed grizzled, hard-drinking boat captain Charlie Allnut. His chemistry with co-star Katharine Hepburn (as British missionary Rose Sayer) was cinematic perfection…as well just about everything else about the film.

Despite being one of the most renowned actors of his time, Bogart was only acknowleged by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences once, winning the Best Actor Oscar at the 1952 Academy Awards for his role as Allnut. It was a fitting tribute to his career, and a bit of redemption for Bogie as he was denied the prize for his work in Casablanca.

For this week’s Throwback Thursday post, we wanted to take a look at Bogart’s gracious acceptance speech:

Grace, charm and style. They just don’t make ’em like Bogie anymore. What’s your favorite role by Humphrey Bogart? Let us know below!

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