1946 Academy Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 1946 Academy Awards were presented March 13, 1947 at the Shrine Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles.

Best Motion PictureThe Best Years of Our Lives (Goldwyn; RKO Radio)
Henry V (J. Arthur Rank-Two Cities Films; United Artists)
It's a Wonderful Life (Liberty Films; RKO Radio)
The Razor's Edge (Twentieth Century-Fox)
The Yearling (MGM)
Best ActorFredric March, The Best Years of Our Lives
Laurence Olivier, Henry V
Larry Parks, The Jolson Story
Gregory Peck, The Yearling
James Stewart, It's a Wonderful Life

Fredric March, The Best Years of Our Lives
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Best ActressOlivia de Havilland, To Each His Own
Celia Johnson, Brief Encounter
Jennifer Jones, Duel in the Sun
Rosalind Russell, Sister Kenny
Jane Wyman, The Yearling
Actor in a Supporting RoleCharles Coburn, The Green Years
William Demarest, The Jolson Story
Claude Rains, Notorious
Harold Russell, The Best Years of Our Lives
Clifton Webb, The Razor's Edge
Actress in a Supporting RoleEthel Barrymore, The Spiral Staircase
Anne Baxter, The Razor's Edge
Lilian Gish, Duel in the Sun
Flora Robson, Saratoga Trunk
Gale Sondergaard, Anna and the King of Siam
DirectingClarence Brown, The Yearling
Frank Capra, It's a Wonderful Life
David Lean, Brief Encounter
Robert Siodmak, The Killers
William Wyler, The Best Years of Our Lives
Original Motion Picture StoryCharles Brackett, To Each His Own
Clemence Dane, Vacation From Marriage
Jack Patrick, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Vladimir Pozner, The Dark Mirror
Victor Trivas, The Stranger
Original ScreenplayMuriel Box and Sydney Box, The Seventh Veil
Raymond Chandler, The Blue Dahlia
Ben Hecht, Notorious
Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, Road to Utopia
Jacques Prévert, Children of Paradise
ScreenplaySergio Amidei and Federico Fellini, Open City
Sally Benson and Talbot Jennings, Anna and the King of Siam
Anthony Havelock-Allan, David Lean and Ronald Neame, Brief Encounter
Robert E. Sherwood, The Best Years of Our Lives
Anthony Veiller, The Killers
Black-and-WhiteGeorge Folsey, The Green Years
Arthur Miller, Anna and the King of Siam
ColorCharles Rosher, Leonard Smith and Arthur Arling, The Yearling
Joseph Walker, The Jolson Story
Art Direction
Black-and-WhiteRichard Day and Nathan Juran, art direction; Thomas Little and Paul S. Fox, interior decoration, The Razor's Edge
Hans Dreier and Walter Tyler, art direction; Sam Comer and Ray Moyer, interior decoration, Kitty
Lyle Wheeler and William Darling, art direction; Thomas Little and Frank E. Hughes, interior decoration, Anna and the King of Siam
ColorJohn Bryan, art direction, Caesar and Cleopatra
Cedric Gibbons and Paul Groesse, art direction; Edwin B. Willis, interior decoration, The Yearling
Paul Sheriff and Carmen Dillon, art direction, Henry V
Sound RecordingColumbia Studio Sound Dept., The Jolson Story
RKO Radio Studio Sound Dept., It's a Wonderful Life
Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Dept., The Best Years of Our Lives
Song“All Through the Day,” Centennial Summer, Jerome Kern, music; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyrics
“I Can't Begin to Tell You,” The Dolly Sisters, James Monaco, music; Mack Gordon, lyrics
“Ole Buttermilk Sky,” Canyon Passage, Hoagy Carmichael, music; Jack Brooks, lyrics
“On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” The Harvey Girls, Harry Warren, music; Johnny Mercer, lyrics
“You Keep Coming Back Like a Song,” Blue Skies, Irving Berlin, music and lyrics
Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureHugo Friedhofer, The Best Years of Our Lives
Bernard Herrmann, Anna and the King of Siam
Miklos Rozsa, The Killers
William Walton, Henry V
Franz Waxman, Humoresque
Scoring of a Musical PictureRobert Emmett Dolan, Blue Skies
Lennie Hayton, The Harvey Girls
Ray Heindorf and Max Steiner, Night and Day
Alfred Newman, Centennial Summer
Morris Stoloff, The Jolson Story
Film EditingArthur Hilton, The Killers
William Hornbeck, It's a Wonderful Life
Harold Kress, The Yearling
William Lyon, The Jolson Story
Daniel Mandell, The Best Years of Our Lives
Special EffectsThomas Howard, visual, Blithe Spirit
William McGann, visual; Nathan Levinson, audible, A Stolen Life
Short Subjects
CartoonThe Cat Concerto (Tom and Jerry Series) (Frederick Quimby, producer; MGM)
Chopin's Musical Moments (Musical Miniatures Series) (Walter Lantz, producer; Universal)
John Henry and the Inky Poo (George Pal Puppetoon Series) (George Pal, producer; Paramount)
Squatter's Rights (Mickey Mouse Series) (Walt Disney Productions; RKO Radio)
Walky Talky Hawky (Merrie Melodies Series) (Edward Selzer, producer; Warner Bros.)
One-ReelDive-Hi Champs (Grantland Rice Spotlights Series) (Jack Eaton, producer; Paramount)
Facing Your Danger (Sports Parade Series) (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Warner Bros.)
Golden Horses (Ed Thorgerson's Sports Review Series) (Edmund Reek, producer; Twentieth Century-Fox)
Smart as a Fox (Vitaphone Varieties Series) (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Warner Bros.)
Sure Cures (Pete Smith Specialty Series) (Pete Smith, producer; MGM)
Two-ReelA Boy and His Dog (Featurettes Series) (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Warner Bros.)
College Queen (Musical Parade Series) (George B. Templeton, producer; Paramount)
Hiss and Yell (All Star Comedies Series) (Jules White, producer; Columbia)
The Luckiest Guy in the World (Crime Doesn't Pay Series) (Jerry Bresler, producer; MGM)
Short SubjectAtomic Power (March of Time Series) (Twentieth Century-Fox)
Life at the Zoo (Artkino; Artkino Pictures)
Paramount News Issue #37 (Twentieth Anniversary Issue! 1927—1947) (Paramount)
Seeds of Destiny (U.S. War Department)
Traffic With the Devil (Theatre of Life Series) (Herbert Morgan, producer; MGM)
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardSamuel Goldwyn
Special AwardsTo Laurence Olivier for his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen
To Harold Russell for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives
To Ernst Lubitsch for his distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture
To Claude Jarman, Jr., outstanding child actor of 1946

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