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.[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 Documentary Short Best Animated Short Film
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 Awards

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Academy Juvenile Award



Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 8 nominations: The Best Years of Our Lives
  • 7 nominations: The Yearling
  • 6 nominations: The Jolson Story
  • 5 nominations: Anna and the King of Siam, It's a Wonderful Life
  • 4 nominations: Henry V, The Killers, The Razor's Edge
  • 3 nominations: Brief Encounter
  • 2 nominations: Blue Skies, Centennial Summer, Duel in the Sun, The Green Years, The Harvey Girls, Notorious, To Each his Own

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 7 wins: The Best Years of Our Lives
  • 2 wins: Anna and the King of Siam, The Jolson Story, The Yearling

See also


  1. "The 19th Academy Awards (1947) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  2. http://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/1947 Open City on 19th Oscars website
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