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20th Academy Awards
Date March 20, 1948
Site Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
Host Agnes Moorehead and Dick Powell
Highlights
Best Picture Gentleman's Agreement
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The 20th Academy Awards spread awards around, with no film receiving more than 3 awards, the last time this would happen until the 78th Academy Awards.

The surprise winner for this year was Loretta Young for The Farmer's Daughter despite Rosalind Russell campaigning heavily for her performance in Mourning Becomes Electra.

James Baskett received a special Oscar for portrayal of Uncle Remus in Song of the South, which had the effect of taking him out of the running for a Best Actor nomination. Nonetheless, civil rights organizations were unhappy at what was believed to be an unflattering portrait of African-Americans.

Awards

Best Picture : Gentleman's Agreement

Best Director : Elia Kazan, Gentleman's Agreement

Best Actor : Ronald Colman, A Double Life

Best Supporting Actor : Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street

Best Actress : Loretta Young, The Farmer's Daughter

Best Supporting Actress : Celeste Holm, Gentleman's Agreement

Best Original Story : Valentine Davies, Miracle on 34th Street

Best Original Screenplay : Sidney Sheldon, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

Best Screenplay: George Seaton , Miracle on 34th Street

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