18th Academy Awards
DateMarch 7, 1946
SiteGrauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA
Hosted byJames Stewart
Bob Hope
Best PictureThe Lost Weekend
Most awardsThe Lost Weekend (4)
Most nominationsThe Bells of St. Mary's (8)

The 18th Academy Awards were held on March 7, 1946, at Grauman's Chinese Theatre to honor the films of 1945. Being the first Oscars after the end of World War II, the ceremony returned to the glamour of the prewar years; notably, the plaster statuettes that had been used during the war were replaced by bronze statuettes with gold plating and an elevated base.

Despite the optimistic postwar mood, director Billy Wilder's grim and socially significant drama The Lost Weekend won the major awards of Best Picture and Best Director, as well as two other awards. It was the first film to win both Best Picture and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Best Actress nominee Joan Crawford was absent, claiming she had pneumonia (although it was said it was because she was sure she would not win the Oscar for Mildred Pierce). When she won, the award was delivered to her, still in bed, later that night.[1]

This was the first year in which every film nominated for Best Picture won at least one Oscar, and also the first time a sequel (The Bells of St. Mary's) was nominated for Best Picture.


Charles Brackett; Best Picture winner and Best Screenplay co-winner
Billy Wilder (right); Best Director winner and Best Screenplay co-winner
Ray Milland; Best Actor winner
Joan Crawford; Best Actress winner
James Dunn; Best Supporting Actor winner
Anne Revere; Best Supporting Actress winner
Miklós Rózsa; Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Richard Rodgers; Best Original Song co-winner
Oscar Hammerstein II; Best Original Song co-winner
Peggy Ann Garner; Juvenile Academy Award recipient

Nominations announced on January 27, 1946. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[2]

Best Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Screenplay
Best Motion Picture Story Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject Best Live Action Short Subject, One-Reel
Best Live Action Short Subject, Two-Reel Best Short Subject – Cartoons
Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Best Scoring of a Musical Picture
Best Original Song Best Sound Recording
Best Art Direction – Interior Decoration, Black-and-White Best Art Direction – Interior Decoration, Color
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Best Cinematography, Color
Best Film Editing Best Special Effects

Academy Honorary Award

Academy Juvenile Award

Presenters and performers



Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ Miller, Julie (September 26, 2012). "The Academy Award That Joan Crawford Accepted In Bed Sells; Can You Guess for How Much?". Vanity Fair. Condé Nast. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "The 18th Academy Awards (1946) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2011.