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 was the first such ceremony after World War II. As a result, the ceremony featured more glamour than had been present during the war. Plaster statuettes that had been given out during the war years were replaced with bronze statuettes with gold plating. Despite this, director Billy Wilder's grim and socially significant drama The Lost Weekend took the top honors. It became the first film to win both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Palme d'Or. 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 Best Actress for Mildred Pierce). As it turned out, she did win, and the award was delivered to her while in bed 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 that a sequel (The Bells of St. Mary's) had been 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
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



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 2011-08-16.