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.
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. 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.
Academy Honorary Awards
- James Baskett
- Bill and Coo
- Colonel William N. Selig, Albert E. Smith, Thomas Armat and George K. Spoor
Best Foreign Language Film
- Anne Baxter (Presenter: Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Screenplay)
- Ingrid Bergman (Presenter: Honorary Award to James Baskett)
- Donald Crisp (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress and Best Director)
- Olivia de Havilland (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Jean Hersholt (Presenter: Honorary Awards)
- Fredric March (Presenter: Best Actress and Best Picture)
- Robert Montgomery (Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards)
- Agnes Moorehead (Presenter: Best Cinematography)
- George Murphy (Presenter: Writing Awards)
- Larry Parks (Presenter: Best Special Effects, Best Musical Score, and Best Sound Recording)
- Dick Powell (Presenter: Best Art Direction)
- Dinah Shore (Presenter: Best Original Song)
- Shirley Temple (Presenter: Documentary Awards and Short Subject Awards)
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
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