20th Academy Awards

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20th Academy Awards
Date March 20, 1948
Site Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA
Host Agnes Moorehead and Dick Powell
Highlights
Best Picture Gentleman's Agreement
Most awards Gentleman's Agreement and Miracle on 34th Street (3)
Most nominations Gentleman's Agreement (8)
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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, Fredric 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.

Awards

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.1

Best Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Story Best Animated Short Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Film, One-Reel Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel
Best Dramatic or Comedy Score Best Musical Score
Best Original Song Best Sound Recording
Best Art Direction, Black and White Best Art Direction, Color
Best Cinematography, Black and White Best Cinematography, Color
Best Film Editing Best Special Effects

Academy Honorary Awards

Best Foreign Language Film

Presenters

Performers

Multiple nominations and awards

See also

References

  1. ^ "The 20th Academy Awards (1948) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 







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