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The 16th Academy Awards (1944)

Held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday, March 2, 1944,
honoring movies released in 1943.

Best Actor Paul Lukas, Jennifer Jones, Katina Paxinou and Charles Coburn.

Best Actor Paul Lukas ("Watch on the Rhine"), Best Actress Jennifer Jones ("The Song of Bernadette"), Best Supporting Actress Katina Paxinou ("For Whom the Bell Tolls"), and Best Supporting Actor Charles Coburn ("The More the Merrier").

Best Picture

Casablance Full Image

"Casablanca"

Warner Bros.

Best Director

Michael Curtiz Full Image

Michael Curtiz

Best Director Michael Curtiz ("Casablanca").

Best Music Score

Best Sound Recording ("Yankee Doodle Dandy") Nathan Levinson, Sound Director. Full Image

Alfred Newman

Best Music Score Alfred Newman ("The Song of Bernadette").

The Year

16th Annual Academy Awards

Held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday, March 2, 1944, honoring movies released in 1943.

  • Best Picture: "Casablanca" (View Image)
    • "Casablanca" also won Academy Awards for Directing (Michael Curtiz) and Writing – Screenplay (Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch).
  • For the first time, winners of the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards were presented with full-size statuettes instead of plaques.
  • Jack Benny was the master of ceremonies for a radio broadcast of the ceremony sent to the Armed Forces fighting overseas.
  • Among the presenters that evening were Academy President Walter Wanger, producer Sidney Franklin, writer James Hilton, radio star Dinah Shore, and actresses Greer Garson, Teresa Wright, Rosalind Russell, and Carole Landis.
  • In January 1943, construction of the Pentagon was completed only 16 months after it began.
  • In January 1943, Duke Ellington played at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.
  • On March 31, 1943, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! premiered on stage at the St. James Theatre in New York City.
  • In May 1943, Norman Rockwell’s illustration of "Rosie the Riveter" made its first appearance on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
  • In June 1943, the "Zoot Suit Riots" erupted in Los Angeles.
  • In December 1943, Edward R. Murrow delivered his "Orchestrated Hell" broadcast over CBS radio, describing a Royal Air Force nighttime bombing raid on Berlin.

Special Award

To George Pal for the development of novel methods and techniques in the production of short subjects known as Puppetoons.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

To Hal B. Wallis

See all Nominees and Winners

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