18th Academy Awards

18th Academy Awards
Date March 7, 1946
Site Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California, USA
Hosted by James Stewart and Bob Hope
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 Academy Award 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.


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1]

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



Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 8 nominations: The Bells of St. Mary's
  • 7 nominations: The Lost Weekend
  • 6 nominations: Mildred Pierce, A Song to Remember, Spellbound
  • 5 nominations: Anchors Aweigh, National Velvet
  • 4 nominations: The Keys of the Kingdom, Leave Her to Heaven, Love Letters, The Story of G.I. Joe, Wonder Man
  • 3 nominations: Objective, Burma, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Southerner
  • 2 nominations: Belle of the Yukon, Can't Help Singing, The Corn Is Green, Flame of Barbary Coast, A Medal for Benny, Rhapsody in Blue, San Antonio, State Fair, They Were Expendable, A Thousand and One Nights, The Three Caballeros, Tonight and Every Night, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Valley of Decision, Why Girls Leave Home

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 4 wins: The Lost Weekend
  • 2 wins: National Velvet

See also


  1. "The 18th Academy Awards (1946) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
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