Hollywood has a tendency to award Oscars not for an actor's greatest performance but as a way for atoning for not awarding it for the greatest performance. African Queen is in that category for Bogey. By that time he was getting a bit old. Another example was John Wayne for True Grit. He had deserved the Oscar for any one of a number of films before that. He was good in True Grit but not that good.I've seen Maltese Falcon so many times and its always better the next time. I think of these movies, Casablanca, To Have and Have Not plus many others and Bogart gets an Oscar for African Queen? I mean its a good movie but hardly Oscar material compared to some of his other classics.