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21st Academy Awards
Date March 24, 1949
Site The Academy Theater, Hollywood, California, USA
Host George Montgomery
Best Picture Hamlet
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The 21st Academy Awards features numerous firsts. It was the first time a non-Hollywood production won Best Picture, Hamlet. It was the first time an individual (Laurence Olivier) directed himself in an Oscar-winning performance. Director John Huston directs two Oscar-winning performances in the same year for two different films: his father Walter Huston in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Claire Trevor for Key Largo. The Huston family won three Oscars that evening.

Jane Wyman became the first actor since the silent era to win an Oscar for a performance with no lines.

Humphrey Bogart failed to receive a nomination for Best Actor in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which is now considered one of the Academy’s greatest slights.[1][2]


Nominees and Winners

The nominees are listed by award. The winner of each category is in bold.


Best Motion Picture

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Directing

Best Writing

Original Story





Art Direction - Set Decoration



Sound Recording

  • Warner Bros. Sound Department, Johnny Belinda, Warner Bros.
  • Republic Sound Department, Moonrise, Republic
  • Twentieth Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, The Snake Pit, Twentieth Century-Fox



Scoring of a Comedy or Dramatic Picture

Scoring of a Musical Picture

Film Editing

Costume Design



Special Effects

Short Subjects



  • Annie Was a Wonder (John Nesbitt Passing Parade). Herbert Moulton, producer
  • Cinderella Horse (Sports Parade) (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Warner Bros.
  • So You Want to Be on the Radio (John McDoakes Series). Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Warner Bros.
  • Symphony of a City (Movietone Specialty). Edmund H. Reek, producer; Twentieth Century-Fox
  • You Can't Win (Pete Smith Specialties Series). Pete Smith, producer; MGM


  • Calgary Stampede (Technicolor Special). Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Warner Bros.
  • Going to Blazes. Herbert Morgan, producer; Special
  • Samba-Mania (Musical Parade). Harry Grey, producer; Paramount
  • Seal Island (True-Life Adventure). Walt Disney, producer; Disney, RKO Radio
  • Snow Capers (Special Series). Thomas Head, producer; U-I


Short Subject

  • Heart to Heart. Herbert Morgan, producer; Fact Film Organization
  • Operation Vittles. U.S. Army Air Force
  • Toward Independence. U.S. Army


Special Awards

  • To Monsieur Vincent (France), voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1948
  • To Ivan Jandl, outstanding juvenile performance of 1948 in The Search
  • To Sid Grauman, master showman, who raised the standard of exhibition of motion pictures
  • To Adolph Zukor, a man who has been called the father of the feature film in America, for his services to the industry for over a period of forty years
  • To Walter Wanger for distinguished service to the motion picture industry adding to its moral stature in the world community by his production of the picture Joan of Arc

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Scientific or Technical

Class II

  • Victor Caccialanza, Maurice Ayers and the Paramount Studio Set Construction Department for the development and the application of "Paralite", a new lightweight plaster process for set construction
  • Nick Kalten, Louis J. Witt and the Twentieth Century-Fox Studio Mechanical Effects Department for a process of preserving and flame-proofing foliage

Class III

  • Marty Martin, Jack Lannon, Russell Shearman and the RKO Radio Studio Special Effects Department; A.J. Moran and the Warner Bros. Studio Electrical Department


  1. ^ Entertainment Weekly. "100 Worst Oscar Snubs Ever: Humphrey Bogart, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre". http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20007870_20164474_20179108_22,00.html. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  2. ^ Tim Dirks. "1948 Academy Awards Winners and History". http://www.filmsite.org/aa48.html. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 


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