16th Academy Awards
|16th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 2, 1944|
|Site||Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
|Most awards||The Song of Bernadette (4)|
|Most nominations||The Song of Bernadette (12)|
The 16th Academy Awards, in 1944, was the first Oscar ceremony held at a large public venue, Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Free passes were given out to men and women in uniform. The more theatrical approach makes it a forerunner of the contemporary Oscar telecast.
The serial cartoon Tom and Jerry won its first Oscar this year for The Yankee Doodle Mouse after two failed nominations in a row. It would go on to win another six Oscars, including three in a row for the next three years, and gained a total of 13 nominations.
For the first time, supporting actors and actresses took home full-size statuettes, instead of smaller-sized awards mounted on a plaque.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Academy Honorary Award
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
- Donald Crisp (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor)
- Howard Estabrook (Presenter: Documentary Awards)
- Sidney Franklin (Presenter: Best Picture)
- Y. Frank Freeman (Presenter: Best Film Editing, Best Sound Recording, Best Special Effects, and Scientific & Technical Awards)
- Greer Garson (Presenter: Best Actress)
- James Hilton (Presenter: Writing Awards)
- Carole Landis (Presenter: Best Art Direction)
- George Murphy (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Rosalind Russell (Presenter: Best Cinematography)
- Mark Sandrich (Presenter: Best Director)
- Dinah Shore (Presenter: Music Awards)
- Walter Wanger (Presenter: Short Subject Awards and Honorary Award)
- Teresa Wright (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress)
- Darryl F. Zanuck (Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award)
- Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy
- Ray Bolger
- Susanna Foster
- Mitzi Gerber
- Lena Horne
- Betty Hutton
- Kay Kyser & His Band
- Red Skelton
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- "The 16th Academy Awards (1944) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-10-04.