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The 20th Academy Awards (1948) Nominees and Winners

Held at the Shrine Civic Auditorium on Saturday, March 20, 1948,
honoring movies released in 1947.

Bob Hope presenting a Special Award to Margaret O'Brien, outstanding child actress of 1944.

Best Picture recipient Darryl F. Zanuck ("Gentlemen's Agreement"), Best Actress Loretta Young ("The Farmer's Daughter"), Best Actor Ronald Colman ("A Double Life"), and Best Supporting Actress Celeste Holm ("Gentlemen's Agreement").


  • Ronald Colman in "A Double Life"
  • John Garfield in "Body and Soul"
  • Gregory Peck in "Gentleman's Agreement"
  • William Powell in "Life with Father"
  • Michael Redgrave in "Mourning Becomes Electra"

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Charles Bickford in "The Farmer's Daughter"
  • Thomas Gomez in "Ride the Pink Horse"
  • Edmund Gwenn in "Miracle on 34th Street"
  • Robert Ryan in "Crossfire"
  • Richard Widmark in "Kiss of Death"


  • Joan Crawford in "Possessed"
  • Susan Hayward in "Smash-Up--The Story of a Woman"
  • Dorothy McGuire in "Gentleman's Agreement"
  • Rosalind Russell in "Mourning Becomes Electra"
  • Loretta Young in "The Farmer's Daughter"

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Ethel Barrymore in "The Paradine Case"
  • Gloria Grahame in "Crossfire"
  • Celeste Holm in "Gentleman's Agreement"
  • Marjorie Main in "The Egg and I"
  • Anne Revere in "Gentleman's Agreement"

Art Direction (Black-and-White)

  • "The Foxes of Harrow" Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Maurice Ransford; Set Decoration: Thomas Little, Paul S. Fox
  • "Great Expectations" Art Direction: John Bryan; Set Decoration: Wilfred Shingleton

Art Direction (Color)

  • "Black Narcissus" Art Direction: Alfred Junge; Set Decoration: Alfred Junge
  • "Life with Father" Art Direction: Robert M. Haas; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins

Cinematography (Black-and-White)

  • "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" Charles Lang, Jr.
  • "Great Expectations" Guy Green
  • "Green Dolphin Street" George Folsey

Cinematography (Color)

  • "Black Narcissus" Jack Cardiff
  • "Life with Father" Peverell Marley, William V. Skall
  • "Mother Wore Tights" Harry Jackson


  • "The Bishop's Wife" Henry Koster
  • "Crossfire" Edward Dmytryk
  • "A Double Life" George Cukor
  • "Gentleman's Agreement" Elia Kazan
  • "Great Expectations" David Lean

Documentary (Feature)

  • "Design for Death" Sid Rogell, Executive Producer; Theron Warth and Richard O. Fleischer, Producers
  • "Journey into Medicine" United States Department of State Office of Information and Educational Exchange
  • "The World Is Rich" Paul Rotha, Producer

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • "First Steps" United Nations Division of Films and Visual Information
  • "Passport to Nowhere" Frederic Ullman, Jr., Producer
  • "School in the Mailbox" Australian News & Information Bureau

Film Editing

  • "The Bishop's Wife" Monica Collingwood
  • "Body and Soul" Francis Lyon, Robert Parrish
  • "Gentleman's Agreement" Harmon Jones
  • "Green Dolphin Street" George White
  • "Odd Man Out" Fergus McDonell

Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)

  • "The Bishop's Wife" Hugo Friedhofer
  • "Captain from Castile" Alfred Newman
  • "A Double Life" Dr. Miklos Rozsa
  • "Forever Amber" David Raksin
  • "Life with Father" Max Steiner

Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)

  • "Fiesta" Johnny Green
  • "Mother Wore Tights" Alfred Newman
  • "My Wild Irish Rose" Ray Heindorf, Max Steiner
  • "Road to Rio" Robert Emmett Dolan
  • "Song of the South" Daniele Amfitheatrof, Paul J. Smith, Charles Wolcott

Music (Song)

  • "A Gal in Calico" from "The Time, the Place and the Girl" Music by Arthur Schwartz; Lyrics by Leo Robin
  • "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" from "The Perils of Pauline" Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
  • "Pass That Peace Pipe" from "Good News" Music and Lyrics by Ralph Blane, Roger Edens and Hugh Martin
  • "You Do" from "Mother Wore Tights" Music by Josef Myrow; Lyrics by Mack Gordon
  • "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" from "Song of the South" Music by Allie Wrubel; Lyrics by Ray Gilbert

Best Motion Picture

  • "The Bishop's Wife" Samuel Goldwyn Productions
  • "Crossfire" RKO Radio
  • "Gentleman's Agreement" 20th Century-Fox
  • "Great Expectations" J. Arthur Rank-Cineguild
  • "Miracle on 34th Street" 20th Century-Fox

Short Subject (Cartoon)

  • "Chip An' Dale" Walt Disney, Producer
  • "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse" Frederick Quimby, Producer
  • "Pluto's Blue Note" Walt Disney, Producer
  • "Tubby the Tuba" George Pal, Producer
  • "Tweetie Pie" Edward Selzer, Producer

Short Subject (One-reel)

  • "Brooklyn, U.S.A." Thomas Mead, Producer
  • "Good-bye Miss Turlock" Herbert Moulton, Producer
  • "Moon Rockets" Jerry Fairbanks, Producer
  • "Now You See It" Pete Smith, Producer
  • "So You Want to Be in Pictures" Gordon Hollingshead, Producer

Short Subject (Two-reel)

  • "Champagne for Two" Harry Grey, Producer
  • "Climbing the Matterhorn" Irving Allen, Producer
  • "Fight of the Wild Stallions" Thomas Mead, Producer
  • "Give Us the Earth" Herbert Morgan, Producer
  • "A Voice Is Born: The Story of Niklos Gafni" Ben Blake, Producer

Sound Recording

  • "The Bishop's Wife" Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Gordon Sawyer, Sound Director
  • "Green Dolphin Street" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department, Douglas Shearer, Sound Director
  • "T-Men" Sound Service, Inc., Jack R. Whitney, Sound Director

Special Effects

  • "Green Dolphin Street" Special Visual Effects by A. Arnold Gillespie, Warren Newcombe; Special Audible Effects by Douglas Shearer, Michael Steinore
  • "Unconquered" Special Visual Effects by Farciot Edouart, Devereux Jennings, Gordon Jennings, Wallace Kelley, Paul Lerpae; Special Audible Effects by George Dutton

Writing (Motion Picture Story)

  • "A Cage of Nightingales" Georges Chaperot, Rene Wheeler
  • "It Happened on Fifth Avenue" Herbert Clyde Lewis, Frederick Stephani
  • "Kiss of Death" Eleazar Lipsky
  • "Miracle on 34th Street" Valentine Davies
  • "Smash-Up--The Story of a Woman" Dorothy Parker, Frank Cavett

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" Sidney Sheldon
  • "Body and Soul" Abraham Polonsky
  • "A Double Life" Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin
  • "Monsieur Verdoux" Charles Chaplin
  • "Shoe-Shine" Sergio Amidei, Adolfo Franci, C. G. Viola, Cesare Zavattini

Writing (Screenplay)

  • "Boomerang!" Richard Murphy
  • "Crossfire" John Paxton
  • "Gentleman's Agreement" Moss Hart
  • "Great Expectations" David Lean, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Ronald Neame
  • "Miracle on 34th Street" George Seaton

  • Star indicates a win.