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The 15th Academy Awards (1943)

Held in the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel on Thursday, March 4, 1943,
honoring movies released in 1942.

15th Academy Awards held in the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel.

15th Academy Awards held in the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel.

Best Picture

Mrs. Miniver Full Image

"Mrs. Miniver"

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Best Actress and Best Actor

Best Actress Greer Garson ("Mrs. Miniver") and Best Actor James Cagney ("Yankee Doodle Dandy"). Full Image

Greer Garson and James Cagney

Best Actress Greer Garson ("Mrs. Miniver") and Best Actor James Cagney ("Yankee Doodle Dandy").

Best Sound Recording

Best Sound Recording ("Yankee Doodle Dandy") Nathan Levinson, Sound Director with presenter Y. Frank Freeman. Full Image

Nathan Levinson

Best Sound Recording ("Yankee Doodle Dandy") Nathan Levinson, Sound Director with presenter Y. Frank Freeman.

The Year

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UCLA Film & Television Archive
Excerpts from the 15th Academy Awards.
  • Best Picture: "Mrs. Miniver"
    • "Mrs. Miniver" also won Academy Awards for Best Actress (Greer Garson), Best Supporting Actress (Teresa Wright), Black-and-White Cinematography (Joseph Ruttenberg), Directing (William Wyler), and Writing – Screenplay (Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton, and Claudine West). (View Image)
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      • For the first time, due to wartime shortages, the Oscar statuettes were made out of plaster instead of gold-plated metal. They were all replaced once the war was over.
      • Legend has it that Greer Garson's acceptance speech lasted nearly an hour, causing Academy officials thereafter to put a time limit on all acceptance speeches. In fact, Garson herself said years later that it was only about five-and-a-half minutes long.
  • Bob Hope was the master of ceremonies again, and Jeanette MacDonald sang the National Anthem.
  • There were four winners in the Best Documentary category. In subsequent years, the category was divided into "short subjects" and "features."
  • Irving Berlin presented the award for Music – Song – to himself. He was the presenter as well as a nominee (for the fifth time in the category); he won for "White Christmas" (from "Holiday Inn"). (View Image)
  • This was the last year that the ceremony was held at a banquet. Academy officials felt it was insensitive to host elegant dinner parties while the country was at war, so the following year, the Academy Awards moved to a theater.
  • In May 1942, Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" was performed for the first time by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
  • In June 1942, Anne Frank began making entries in the diary she received for her 13th birthday.
  • On June 18, 1942, journalist-film critic Roger Ebert was born.
  • In August 1942, Walt Disney's "Bambi" was released. It earned three Oscar nominations.

Special Award

To Charles Boyer for his progressive cultural achievement in establishing the French Research Foundation in Los Angeles as a source of reference for the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry.

Special Award

To Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for its achievement in representing the American Way of Life in the production of the "Andy Hardy" series of films.

Special Award

To Noel Coward for his outstanding production achievement in "In Which We Serve."

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

To Sidney Franklin

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