16th Academy Awards

16th Academy Awards
Date March 2, 1944
Site Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Hosted by Jack Benny
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 Theater. 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.[1]

The serial cartoon Tom and Jerry 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.

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 2015, the last film to be nominated solely in that category.


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

Outstanding Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Story Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Best Animated Short Film
Best Live Action Short Film, One-Reel Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel
Best Dramatic Score Best Musical Score
Best Original Song Best Sound Recording
Best Art Direction, Black and White Best Art Direction, Color
Best Cinematography, Black and White Best Cinematography, Color
Best Film Editing Best Special Effects

Academy Honorary Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award



Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 12 nominations: The Song of Bernadette
  • 9 nominations: For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • 8 nominations: Casablanca
  • 7 nominations: Madame Curie
  • 6 nominations: The More the Merrier, The North Star
  • 5 nominations: The Human Comedy
  • 4 nominations: Air Force, Phantom of the Opera, So Proudly We Hail!, Watch on the Rhine
  • 3 nominations: Five Graves to Cairo, Heaven Can Wait, Sahara, Saludos Amigos, This is the Army, Thousands Cheer
  • 2 nominations: Hangmen Also Die, Hello, Frisco, Hello, Hit Parade of 1943, In Old Oklahoma, In Which We Serve, The Sky's the Limit, Something to Shout About, Stage Door Canteen, Star Spangled Rhythm

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 4 wins: The Song of Bernadette
  • 3 wins: Casablanca
  • 2 wins: Phantom of the Opera

See also


  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.
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