21st Academy Awards (1948): The Ceremony

Nominations Announcement | Ceremony Details | Presenters | Song Performances | Sci-Tech Awards

Nominations Announcement

Nominations Announcement Date: Thursday, February 10, 1949

Ceremony Details

Awards Ceremony Date/Time: Thursday, March 24, 1949, 8:00pm
Location: Academy Theatre, Hollywood
Host: Robert Montgomery
Length: 1 hours, 35 minutes


Scientific & Technical Awards: George Murphy
Documentary Short Subject: Ava Gardner
Documentary Feature: Ava Gardner
Foreign Language Film: Louis Jourdan
Writing: Motion Picture Story: Deborah Kerr
Writing: Screenplay: Deborah Kerr
Special Effects: Glenn Ford
Sound Mixing: Ann Blyth
Animated Short Film: Jeanne Crain
Live Action Short Film (One-Reel): Jeanne Crain
Live Action Short Film (Two-Reel): Jeanne Crain
Film Editing: Wendell Corey
Production Design: Arlene Dahl (NOTE: Both Black-and-White and Color awards presented together)
Costume Design: Elizabeth Taylor (NOTE: Both Black-and-White and Color awards presented together)
Cinematography: Robert Ryan (NOTE: Both Black-and-White and Color awards presented together)
Music: Drama or Comedy Score: Kathryn Grayson
Music: Musical Score: Kathryn Grayson
Original Song: Kathryn Grayson
Supporting Actor: Celeste Holm
Supporting Actress: Edmund Gwenn
Special Award: Ivan Jandl for “The Search,” Sid Grauman, Adolph Zukor, and Walter Wanger for “Joan of Arc”; Irving G. Thalberg Award: Jerry Wald: Jean Hersholt
Directing: Frank Borzage
Actor: Loretta Young
Actress: Ronald Colman
Picture: Ethel Barrymore

Previous Acting & Directing Winners

The tradition of prior acting winners returning the subsequent year to present the opposite-gender category is a long one. Each year, we look to see whether the prior winners returned. There was an intermittent tradition where the prior directing winner returned as well, but this was a rare occurrence.

Actor – Ronald Colman: Yes
Actress – Loretta Young: Yes
Supporting Actor – Edmund Gwenn: Yes
Supporting Actress – Celeste Holm: Yes
Directing – Elia Kazan: No

Song Performances

Button and Bows: Jane Russell
For Every Man There’s a Woman: Gordon MacRae
It’s Magic: Doris Day
This Is the Moment: Jo Stafford
The Woody Woodpecker Song: Gloria Wood, Harry Babbitt

Original Song Film Performers

Was the song performed at the Oscars by the same individuals who performed it in the film?

Button and Bows: No (Performed in the Film by: Bob Hope)
For Every Man There’s a Woman: No (Performed in the Film by: Tony Martin, Yvonne De Carlo)
It’s Magic: Yes (Performed in the Film by: Doris Day)
This Is the Moment: No (Performed in the Film by: Betty Grable, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.)
The Woody Woodpecker Song: Partial (Gloria Wood only) (Performed in the Film by: Gloria Wood)

Scientific & Technical Awards

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