John Wayne only broke through as a major motion picture star as the 1940’s were about to dawn, and during World War II, he became a prolific performer, mainly focusing his efforts on a series of war pictures designed to boost American morale and entertain at the same time. As the war ended and the decade came to a close, the industry began hurling accolades at Wayne, starting on January 25, 1950, when he placed his footprints into the famous concrete at Sid Grauman’s Chinese Theater, signifying his status as a favorite among critics and audiences alike. That same year, he was given Laurel Award, presented by the Motion Picture Exhibitors organization for being their Topliner Star that year—an award he won again in 1950, 1953, 1954, and again for Best Performance over a Five-Year Period at the Box Office between 1948-53, and several more times over the years. The Motion Picture Herald named him “Star of the Decade” between 1950-1960, and there were several other similar honors. But it was Wayne’s performance as Sergeant John M. Stryker in 1940’s “Sands of Iwo Jima” that caused the biggest celebration of Wayne’s coming-of-age as an actor. That role earned him France’s Victoire du Cinema Award, the Photoplay Magazine Award, and most importantly, his first Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Academy Award Nomination in 1950. By 1952, the Foreign Press Association had given him their World’s Most Popular Star award, Photoplay Magazine gave him another award for his performance in “The Quiet Man” that year, and he found himself on the cover of Time Magazine in 1952, as well. He also won the Golden Globe’s Henrietta Award in 1953, and was selected the Independent Film Journal’s top money actor for the years 1951-55, among many other accolades.