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, in 1944, was the first Oscar ceremony held at a large public venue, Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Free passes were given out to men and women in uniform.[citation needed] Originating on KFWB, the complete ceremony was internationally broadcast by CBS Radio via shortwave. Jack Benny served as master of ceremonies for the event, which lasted fewer than 30 minutes.[1]

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

For the first time, supporting actors and actresses took home full-size statuettes, instead of smaller-sized awards mounted on a plaque.[citation needed]

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

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.


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.[2]

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 2019-09-19. The Academy Awards Show.
  2. ^ "The 16th Academy Awards (1944) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-10-04.