20th Academy Awards

20th Academy Awards
Date March 20, 1948
Site Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA
Hosted by Agnes Moorehead and Dick Powell
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.

Rosalind Russell was highly favored to win Best Actress her performance in Mourning Becomes Electra,[1] but Loretta Young won instead for The Farmer's Daughter.

James Baskett received a special Oscar 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.[1] Nonetheless, civil rights organizations were unhappy at what was believed to be an unflattering portrait of African-Americans.

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 2016, this is the most recent Oscars that all of 20 acting nominees are deceased.


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 Awards

Best Foreign Language Film



Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 8 nominations: Gentleman's Agreement
  • 5 nominations: The Bishop's Wife, Crossfire, Great Expectations
  • 4 nominations: A Double Life, Green Dolphin Street, Life with Father, Miracle on 34th Street
  • 3 nominations: Body and Soul, Mother Wore Tights
  • 2 nominations: Black Narcissus The Farmer's Daughter, Kiss of Death, Mourning Becomes Electra, Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman, Song of the South

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 3 wins: Gentleman's Agreement, Miracle on 34th Street
  • 2 wins: Black Narcissus, A Double Life, Great Expectations

See also


  1. 1 2 Dirks, Tim. "1947 Academy Awards Winners and History". FilmSite.org (American Movie Classics). Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  2. "The 20th Academy Awards (1948) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
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