17th Academy Awards

17th Academy Awards
Date March 15, 1945
Site Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California, USA
Hosted by John Cromwell and Bob Hope
Best Picture Going My Way
Most awards Going My Way (7)
Most nominations Going My Way and Wilson (10)

The 17th Academy Awards marked the first time the complete awards ceremony was broadcast nationally, on the Blue Network (ABC Radio). Bob Hope hosted the 70-minute broadcast, which included film clips that required explanation for the radio audience.[1] This tradition ended abruptly after the 1948 ceremony as a result of the Paramount antitrust decrees, only to return gradually since the late 1960s.

This is the first year that the Best Picture category was limited to five pictures. This was also the first and last time an individual was nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for playing the same role in the same film: Barry Fitzgerald for the character of Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way. He won for Best Supporting Actor.


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

Best Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Story Best Animated Short Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Film, One-Reel Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel
Best Dramatic or Comedy 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

Academy Juvenile Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award


Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 10 nominations Going My Way, Wilson
  • 9 nominations: Since You Went Away
  • 7 nominations: Double Indemnity, Gaslight
  • 5 nominations: Cover Girl, Laura
  • 4 nominations: Kismet, Meet Me in St. Louis, None But the Lonely Heart
  • 3 nominations: The Adventures of Mark Twain, Brazil, Casanova Brown, Hollywood Canteen, Lady in the Dark, Lifeboat
  • 2 nominations: Address Unknown, Dragon Seed, Higher and Higher, It Happened Tomorrow, Lady, Let's Dance, Minstrel Man, Mr. Skeffington, Mrs. Parkington, The Princess and the Pirate, Song of the Open Road, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Up in Arms, Voice in the Wind

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 7 wins: Going My Way
  • 5 wins: Wilson
  • 2 wins: Gaslight

See also


  1. Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. "The 17th Academy Awards (1945) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
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