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1948 Oscars 20th Academy Awards
Winners Announced: March 20, 1948
Held at: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Hosts: Agnes Moorehead and Dick Powell
Eligibility Year: 1947
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1948 Oscar Winners
*Best Motion Picture The Bishop's Wife (Goldwyn; RKO Radio)
Crossfire (RKO Radio)
* Gentleman's Agreement (Twentieth Century-Fox)
Great Expectations (J. Arthur Rank-Cineguild; Universal-International)
Miracle on 34th Street (Twentieth Century-Fox)
*Best Actor *Ronald Colman, A Double Life
John Garfield, Body and Soul
Gregory Peck, Gentleman's Agreement
William Powell, Life With Father
Michael Redgrave, Mourning Becomes Electra
*Best Actress Joan Crawford, Possessed
Susan Hayward, Smash Up—The Story of a Woman
Dorothy McGuire, Gentleman's Agreement
Rosalind Russell, Mourning Becomes Electra
*Loretta Young, The Farmer's Daughter
*Actor in a Supporting Role Charles Bickford, The Farmer's Daughter
Thomas Gomez, Ride the Pink Horse
*Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street
Robert Ryan, Crossfire
Richard Widmark, Kiss of Death
*Actress in a Supporting Role Ethel Barrymore, The Paradine Case
Gloria Grahame, Crossfire
*Celeste Holm, Gentleman's Agreement
Marjorie Main, The Egg and I
Anne Revere, Gentleman's Agreement
*Directing George Cukor, A Double Life
Edward Dmytryk, Crossfire
*Elia Kazan, Gentleman's Agreement
Henry Koster, The Bishop's Wife
David Lean, Great Expectations
*Writing Original Motion Picture Story Georges Chaperot and Rene Wheeler, A Cage of Nightingales
Herbert Clyde Lewis and Frederick Stephani, It Happened on Fifth Avenue
*Valentine Davies, Miracle on 34th Street
Eleazar Lipsky, Kiss of Death
Dorothy Parker and Frank Cavett, Smash Up—The Story of a Woman
*Writing Original Screenplay Sergio Amidei, Adolfo Franci, C. G. Viola and Cesare Zavattini, Shoeshine
Charles Chaplin, Monsieur Verdoux
Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, A Double Life
Abraham Polonsky, Body and Soul
*Sidney Sheldon, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
*Writing Screenplay Moss Hart, Gentleman's Agreement
David Lean, Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan, Great Expectations
Richard Murphy, Boomerang!
John Paxton, Crossfire
*George Seaton, Miracle on 34th Street
*Cinematography Black-and-White George Folsey, Green Dolphin Street
*Guy Green, Great Expectations
Charles Lang, Jr., The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
*Cinematography Color *Jack Cardiff, Black Narcissus
Harry Jackson, Mother Wore Tights
Peverell Marley and William V. Skall, Life With Father
*Art Direction Black-and-White *John Bryan, art direction; Wilfred Shingleton, set decoration, Great Expectations
Lyle Wheeler and Maurice Ransford, art direction; Thomas Little and Paul S. Fox, set decoration, The Foxes of Harrow
*Art Direction Color Robert M. Haas, art direction; George James Hopkins, set decoration, Life With Father
*Alfred Junge, art direction and set decoration, Black Narcissus
*Sound Recording *Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, The Bishop's Wife
MGM Studio Sound Department, Green Dolphin Street
Sound Service, Inc., T-Men
*Music Song “A Gal in Calico,” The Time, the Place and the Girl, Arthur Schwartz, music; Leo Robin, lyrics
“I Wish I Didn't Love You So,” The Perils of Pauline, Frank Loesser, music and lyrics
“Pass That Peace Pipe,” Good News, Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin and Roger Edens, music and lyrics
“You Do,” Mother Wore Tights, Josef Myrow, music; Mack Gordon, lyrics
*“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” Song of the South, Allie Wrubel, music; Ray Gilbert, lyrics
*Music Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Hugo Friedhofer, The Bishop's Wife
Alfred Newman, Captain From Castile
David Raksin, Forever Amber
*Miklos Rozsa, A Double Life
Max Steiner, Life With Father
*Music Scoring of a Musical Picture Daniele Amfitheatrof, Paul J. Smith and Charles Wolcott, Song of the South
Robert Emmett Dolan, Road to Rio
Johnny Green, Fiesta
Ray Heindorf and Max Steiner, My Wild Irish Rose
*Alfred Newman, Mother Wore Tights
*Film Editing Monica Collingwood, The Bishop's Wife
Harmon Jones, Gentleman's Agreement
*Francis Lyon and Robert Parrish, Body and Soul
Fergus McDonnell, Odd Man Out
George White, Green Dolphin Street
*Special Effects Farciot Edouart, Devereux Jennings, Gordon Jennings, Wallace Kelley and Paul Lerpae, visual; George Dutton, audible, Unconquered
*A. Arnold Gillespie and Warren Newcombe, visual; Douglas Shearer and Michael Steinore, audible, Green Dolphin Street
*Short Subjects Cartoon Chip an' Dale (Donald Duck Series) (Walt Disney Productions; RKO Radio)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse (Tom and Jerry Series) (Frederick Quimby, producer; MGM)
Pluto's Blue Note (Pluto Series) (Walt Disney Productions; RKO Radio)
Tubby the Tuba (George Pal Puppetoon Series) (George Pal, producer; Paramount)
* Tweetie Pie (Merrie Melodies Series) (Edward Selzer, producer; Warner Bros.)
*Short Subjects One-Reel Brooklyn, U.S.A. (Variety View Series) (Thomas Mead, producer; Universal-International)
* Goodbye Miss Turlock (John Nesbitt Passing Parade Series) (Herbert Moulton, producer; MGM)
Moon Rockets (Popular Science Series) (Jerry Fairbanks, producer; Paramount)
Now You See It (Pete Smith Specialty Series) (Pete Smith, producer; MGM)
So You Want to Be in Pictures (Joe McDoakes Series) (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Warner Bros.)
*Short Subjects Two-Reel Champagne for Two (Musical Parade Featurette Series) (Harry Grey, producer; Paramount)
* Climbing the Matterhorn (Color Series) (Irving Allen, producer; Monogram)
Fight of the Wild Stallions (Featurette Series) (Thomas Mead, producer; Universal-International)
Give Us the Earth (Herbert Morgan, producer; MGM)
A Voice Is Born: The Story of Niklos Gafni (Musical Featurette Series) (Ben Blake, producer; Columbia)
*Documentary Short Subject * First Steps (United Nations Division of Films and Visual Education)
Passport to Nowhere (This Is America Series) (Frederic Ullman, Jr., producer; RKO Pathé)
School in the Mailbox (Australian News and Information Bureau)
*Documentary Feature * Design for Death (Theron Warth and Richard O. Fleischer, producers; RKO Radio)
Journey Into Medicine (U.S. State Department Office of Information and Educational Exchange)
The World Is Rich (Paul Rotha, producer; British Information Services)
*Special Awards To *James Baskett for his able and heartwarming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and storyteller to the children of the world in Walt Disney's Song of the South
To * Bill and Coo, in which artistry and patience blended in a novel and entertaining use of the medium of motion pictures
To * Shoeshine, the high quality of this motion picture, brought to eloquent life in a country scarred by war, is proof to the world that the creative spirit can triumph over adversity.
To *Colonel William N. Selig, Albert E. Smith, Thomas Armat and *George K. Spoor, the small group of pioneers whose belief in a new medium and whose contributions to its development blazed the trail along which the motion picture has progressed, in their lifetime, from obscurity to worldwide acclaim


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