20th Academy Awards
No film received more than three awards at the 20th Academy Awards. This would not recur until the 78th Academy Awards.
|20th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 20, 1948|
|Site||Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, United States|
|Hosted by||Agnes Moorehead|
|Best Picture||Gentleman's Agreement|
|Most awards||Gentleman's Agreement and Miracle on 34th Street (3)|
|Most nominations||Gentleman's Agreement (8)|
James Baskett received an Academy Honorary Award for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in Song of the South, which made him the first African-American man and the first Walt Disney star to win an Academy Award for acting.
At age 71, Edmund Gwenn was the oldest Oscar-winner to that time. The previous oldest was Charles Coburn, who was 66 at the time of his win. In 1976, George Burns would become the oldest Oscar-winner, at age 80.
Academy Honorary Awards
- James Baskett "for his able and heart-warming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and story teller to the children of the world in Walt Disney's Song of the South".
- Bill and Coo "in which artistry and patience blended in a novel and entertaining use of the medium of motion pictures".
- Colonel William N. Selig, Albert E. Smith, Thomas Armat and George K. Spoor members of "the small group of pioneers whose belief in a new medium, and whose contributions to its development, blazed the trail along which the motion picture has progressed, in their lifetime, from obscurity to world-wide acclaim".
- Anne Baxter (Presenter: Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Film Editing)
- 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)
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
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- "The 20th Academy Awards (1948) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18.