18th Academy Awards
|18th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 7, 1946|
|Site||Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California, USA|
|Hosted by||James Stewart|
|Best Picture||The Lost Weekend|
|Most awards||The Lost Weekend (4)|
|Most nominations||The Bells of St. Mary's (8)|
The 18th Academy Awards was the first such ceremony after World War II. As a result, the ceremony featured more glamour than had been present during the war. Plaster statuettes that had been given out during the war years were replaced with bronze statuettes with gold plating. Despite this, director Billy Wilder's grim and socially significant drama The Lost Weekend took the top honors. It became the first film to win both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Palme d'Or. Joan Crawford was absent, claiming she had pneumonia (although it was said it was because she was sure she would not win the Oscar for Best Actress for Mildred Pierce). As it turned out she did win, and the award was delivered to her while in bed that night.
This was the first year in which every film nominated for Best Picture won at least one Oscar.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Academy Honorary Award
- Walter Wanger "for his six years service as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."
- The House I Live In tolerance short subject; produced by Frank Ross and Mervyn LeRoy; directed by Mervyn LeRoy; screenplay by Albert Maltz; song "The House I Live In", music by Earl Robinson, lyrics by Lewis Allan; starring Frank Sinatra; released by RKO Radio.
- Republic Studio, Daniel J. Bloomberg and the Republic Sound Department "for the building of an outstanding musical scoring auditorium which provides optimum recording conditions and combines all elements of acoustic and engineering design.
Academy Juvenile Award
- Ingrid Bergman (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Charles Boyer (Presenter: Best Actress)
- Frank Capra (Presenter: Best Film Editing, Best Sound Recording and Best Special Effects)
- Bette Davis (Presenter: Writing Awards)
- Y. Frank Freeman (Presenter: Short Subject Awards)
- D. W. Griffith (Presenter: Best Cinematography)
- Van Heflin (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor)
- Eric Johnston (Presenter: Best Picture)
- George Murphy (Presenter: Honorary Award to Peggy Ann Garner)
- Donald Nelson (Presenter: Honorary Awards)
- Ginger Rogers (Presenter: Best Art Direction)
- Cesar Romero and Peter Viertel (Presenters: Show Introduction)
- William Wyler (Presenter: Best Director)
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- "The 18th Academy Awards (1946) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-16.