16th Academy Awards
DateMarch 2, 1944
SiteGrauman's Chinese Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Hosted byJack Benny
Best PictureCasablanca
Most awardsThe Song of Bernadette (4)
Most nominationsThe Song of Bernadette (12)

The 16th Academy Awards were held on March 2, 1944, to honor the films of 1943. This was the first Oscar ceremony held at a large public venue, Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The ceremony was broadcast locally on KFWB, and internationally by CBS Radio via shortwave. Jack Benny hosted the event, which lasted less than 30 minutes.[1]

For the first time, winners for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress were awarded full-size statuettes, instead of smaller-sized awards mounted on a plaque.[2] This was the last year until 2009 to have 10 nominations for Best Picture; The Ox-Bow Incident is, as of 2021, the last film to be nominated solely in that category.

For Whom the Bell Tolls was the third film to receive nominations in all four acting categories. This was the first year in which each acting category had at least one nominee from a color film.

The Tom and Jerry cartoon series won its first Oscar this year for The Yankee Doodle Mouse; it would go on to win another six Oscars, including three in a row over the next three years, from a total of 13 nominations.


Michael Curtiz, Best Director winner
Paul Lukas, Best Actor winner
Jennifer Jones, Best Actress winner
Charles Coburn, Best Supporting Actor winner
Julius J. Epstein, Best Screenplay co-winner
William Saroyan, Best Original Motion Picture Story winner
Hal Mohr, Best Cinematography, Color co-winner
George Pal, Honorary Academy Award recipient

Nominees were announced on February 6, 1944. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[3]

Academy Honorary Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award



Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 4–5. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved September 19, 2019. The Academy Awards Show.
  2. ^ "Strange tales of the vanished Oscars".
  3. ^ "The 16th Academy Awards (1944) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on October 13, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2013.