16th Academy Awards
|16th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 2, 1944|
Grauman's Chinese Theatre|
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
|Hosted by||Jack Benny|
|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. 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.
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.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Academy Honorary Award
- George Pal "for the development of novel methods and techniques in the production of short subjects known as Puppetoons."
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
- Donald Crisp (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor)
- Howard Estabrook (Presenter: Documentary Awards)
- Sidney Franklin (Presenter: Outstanding Motion Picture)
- Y. Frank Freeman (Presenter: Best Film Editing, Best Sound Recording, Best Special Effects and the 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 the 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.
- 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.
- "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.