|18th Academy Awards
|March 7, 1946
|Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA
|The Lost Weekend
|The Lost Weekend (4)
|The 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.
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.
Nominations announced on January 27, 1946. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
|Best Motion Picture
|Best Supporting Actor
|Best Supporting Actress
|Best Original 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
The following thirty films received multiple nominations:
The following two films received multiple awards: