20th Academy Awards
|20th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 20, 1948|
|Site||Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Host||Agnes Moorehead and Dick Powell|
|Best Picture||Gentleman's Agreement|
|Most awards||Gentleman's Agreement and Miracle on 34th Street (3)|
|Most nominations||Gentleman's Agreement (8)|
The 20th Academy Awards spread awards around, with no film receiving more than 3 awards, the last time this would happen until the 78th Academy Awards.
Rosalind Russell campaigned heavily for Best Actress her performance in Mourning Becomes Electra, and was highly favored to win the award. She even began to rise out of her seat before the announcement due to her extreme confidence that she was going to win; however, Frederic March announced Loretta Young as the winner for The Farmer's Daughter in a surprise upset, and Russell, instead of immediately sitting back down, led a standing ovation for the winner.
James Baskett received a special Oscar for portrayal of Uncle Remus in Song of the South, which had the effect of taking him out of the running for a Best Actor nomination. Nonetheless, civil rights organizations were unhappy at what was believed to be an unflattering portrait of African-Americans.
At age 71 Edmund Gwenn was the oldest Oscar winner ever at that time, which was previously held by Charles Coburn who was 66 at the time of his win. He also held the record for many years until 1976 when George Burns won at age 80.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.1
- James Baskett
- Bill and Coo
- Colonel William N. Selig, Albert E. Smith, Thomas Armat and George K. Spoor
- Anne Baxter (Presenter: Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Screenplay)
- Ingrid Bergman (Presenter: Honorary Award to James Baskett)
- Donald Crisp (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress and Best Director)
- Olivia de Havilland (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Jean Hersholt (Presenter: Honorary Awards)
- Fredric March (Presenter: Best Actress and Best Picture)
- Robert Montgomery (Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards)
- Agnes Moorehead (Presenter: Best Cinematography)
- George Murphy (Presenter: Writing Awards)
- Larry Parks (Presenter: Best Special Effects, Best Musical Score, and Best Sound Recording)
- Dick Powell (Presenter: Best Art Direction)
- Dinah Shore (Presenter: Best Original Song)
- Shirley Temple (Presenter: Documentary Awards and Short Subject Awards)
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- "The 20th Academy Awards (1948) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18.