20th Academy Awards
DateMarch 20, 1948
SiteShrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, United States
Hosted byAgnes Moorehead
Dick Powell
Best PictureGentleman's Agreement
Most awardsGentleman's Agreement and Miracle on 34th Street (3)
Most nominationsGentleman's Agreement (8)

The 20th Academy Awards were held on March 20, 1948, to honor the films of 1947. It is notable for being the last Oscars until 2005 in which no film won more than three awards.

Rosalind Russell was highly favored to win Best Actress for her performance in Mourning Becomes Electra,[1] but Loretta Young won instead for The Farmer's Daughter.

James Baskett received an Academy Honorary Award for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in Song of the South, which made him the first African-American man, and the first actor in a Disney film, to win an Academy Award for acting.[1]

Winning Best Supporting Actor at age 71, Edmund Gwenn became the oldest Oscar winner, taking the record from Charles Coburn, who was 66 at the time of his win in 1943 for The More the Merrier.


Darryl F. Zanuck; Best Picture winner
Elia Kazan; Best Director winner
Ronald Colman; Best Actor winner
Loretta Young; Best Actress winner
Edmund Gwenn; Best Supporting Actor winner
Celeste Holm; Best Supporting Actress winner

Nominees were announced on February 13, 1948. 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
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    • Champagne for Two – Harry Grey
    • Fight of the Wild Stallions – Thomas Mead
    • Give Us the Earth – Herbert Morgan
    • A Voice Is Born: The Story of Niklos Gafni – Ben Blake
Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Best Scoring of a Musical Picture
Best Original Song Best Sound Recording
Best Art Direction – Set Decoration, Black-and-White Best Art Direction – Set Decoration, Color
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Best Cinematography, Color
Best Film Editing Best Special Effects

Academy Honorary Awards

Best Foreign Language Film



Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ a b Dirks, Tim. "1947 Academy Awards Winners and History". FilmSite.org (American Movie Classics). Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "The 20th Academy Awards (1948) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2011.