16th Academy Awards

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16th Academy Awards
Date March 2, 1944
Site Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Hosted by Jack Benny
Highlights
Best Picture Casablanca
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 Theatre. Free passes were given out to men and women in uniform.[citation needed] Originating on KFWB, the complete ceremony was internationally broadcast by CBS Radio via shortwave. Jack Benny served as master of ceremonies for the event, which lasted fewer than 30 minutes.[1]

The Tom and Jerry cartoon series 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.[citation needed]

For Whom the Bell Tolls was the third film to receive nominations in all four acting categories.

This was the last year until 2009 to have 10 nominations for Best Picture; The Ox-Bow Incident is, as of 2018, the last film to be nominated solely in that category.

Awards[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[2]

Academy Honorary Award[edit]

  • George Pal "for the development of novel methods and techniques in the production of short subjects known as Puppetoons."

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

Presenters[edit]

Performers[edit]

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. 
  2. ^ "The 16th Academy Awards (1944) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-10-04.