Woman of the Year (1942) is a romantic comedy film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The movie is about an emancipated woman, chosen “Woman of the Year”, and her colleague-turned-husband and their efforts to negotiate a path to marital bliss.
The supporting cast features Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen, Minor Watson and William Bendix. The picture was directed by George Stevens, produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and written by Ring Lardner Jr. and Michael Kanin (his brother Garson Kanin thought up the original idea and worked with Katharine Hepburn along with brother Michael and Lardner on the early drafts, without credit.) The music score was by Franz Waxman and the cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. The art direction was by Cedric Gibbons and Randall Duell and the costume design by Adrian.
Woman of the Year won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. In 1999, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.