19th Academy Awards
|19th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 13, 1947|
|Site||Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Hosted by||Jack Benny|
|Best Picture||The Best Years of Our Lives|
|Most awards||The Best Years of Our Lives (7)|
|Most nominations||The Best Years of Our Lives (8)|
The 19th Academy Awards continued a trend through the late-1940s of the Oscar voters honoring films about contemporary social issues. The Best Years of Our Lives concerns the lives of three returning veterans from three branches of military service as they adjust to life on the home front after World War II.
The Academy awarded Harold Russell—a World War II veteran who had lost both hands in the war and who, despite not being an actor, portrayed Homer Parrish in The Best Years of Our Lives—an Honorary Academy Award for "bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans," believing he would not win the Best Supporting Actor award for which he was nominated. As it happened, he did win the competitive award, making him the only person to receive two Oscars for the same performance.
This was the first time since the 2nd Academy Awards that every category had at most 5 nominations.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Academy Honorary Awards
- Laurence Olivier "for his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen."
- Harold Russell "for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives"
- Ernst Lubitsch "for his distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture."
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Academy Juvenile Award
- Lionel Barrymore (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress)
- Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Presenter: Short Subject Awards, the Scientific & Technical Awards and Documentary Awards)
- Joan Fontaine (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Greer Garson (Presenter: Best Art Direction)
- Rex Harrison (Presenter: Best Film Editing, Best Sound Recording and Best Special Effects)
- Van Johnson (Presenter: Best Original Song)
- Eric Johnston (Presenter: Best Motion Picture)
- Ray Milland (Presenter: Best Actress)
- Robert Montgomery (Presenter: Writing Awards)
- Donald Nelson (Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award)
- Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman (Presenters: Show Introduction)
- Anne Revere (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor)
- Ann Sheridan (Presenter: Best Cinematography)
- Shirley Temple (Presenter: Honorary Awards)
- Lana Turner (Presenter: Scoring Awards)
- Billy Wilder (Presenter: Best Director)
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- "The 19th Academy Awards (1947) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2015-01-08. Open City on 19th Oscars website