20th Academy Awards
|20th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 20, 1948|
|Site||Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, United States|
|Best Picture||Gentleman's Agreement|
|Most awards||Gentleman's Agreement and Miracle on 34th Street (3)|
|Most nominations||Gentleman's Agreement (8)|
No film received more than three awards at the 20th Academy Awards. This would not recur until the 78th Academy Awards.
James Baskett received an Academy Honorary Award for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in Song of the South, which made him the first African-American man and the first Walt Disney star to win an Academy Award for acting.
At age 71, Edmund Gwenn was the oldest Oscar-winner to that time. The previous oldest was Charles Coburn, who was 66 at the time of his win. In 1976, George Burns would become the oldest Oscar-winner, at age 80.
As of 2018, this is the most recent Oscars ceremony in which all 20 acting nominees are now deceased.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Academy Honorary Awards
- James Baskett "for his able and heart-warming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and story teller to the children of the world in Walt Disney's Song of the South."
- Bill and Coo "in which artistry and patience blended in a novel and entertaining use of the medium of motion pictures."
- Colonel William N. Selig, Albert E. Smith, Thomas Armat and George K. Spoor members of "the small group of pioneers whose belief in a new medium, and whose contributions to its development, blazed the trail along which the motion picture has progressed, in their lifetime, from obscurity to world-wide acclaim."
Best Foreign Language Film
- Anne Baxter (Presenter: Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Film Editing)
- Ingrid Bergman (Presenter: Honorary Award to James Baskett)
- Donald Crisp (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress and Best Director)
- Olivia de Havilland (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Jean Hersholt (Presenter: Honorary Awards)
- Fredric March (Presenter: Best Actress and Best Picture)
- Robert Montgomery (Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards)
- Agnes Moorehead (Presenter: Best Cinematography)
- George Murphy (Presenter: Writing Awards)
- Larry Parks (Presenter: Best Special Effects, Best Musical Score and Best Sound Recording)
- Dick Powell (Presenter: Best Art Direction)
- Dinah Shore (Presenter: Best Original Song)
- Shirley Temple (Presenter: Documentary Awards and Short Subject Awards)
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
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