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The 17th Academy Awards (1945)

Held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Thursday, March 15, 1945,
honoring movies released in 1944.

Bob Hope presenting a miniature Oscar to Margaret O’Brien, outstanding child actress of 1944.

Bob Hope presenting a miniature Oscar to Margaret O’Brien, 1944's outstanding child actress.

Best Picture

Going My Way Full Image

"Going My Way"


Best Director

Leo McCarey Full Image

Leo McCarey

Best Director Leo McCarey ("Going My Way").

Best Actress

Best Actress Ingrid Bergman ("Gaslight"). Full Image

Ingrid Bergman

Best Actress Ingrid Bergman ("Gaslight").

The Year

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UCLA Film & Television Archive
Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman and Margaret O’Brien accept their Academy Awards.

17th Annual Academy Awards

Held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday, March 15, 1945.

  • Best Picture: "Going My Way"
    • "Going My Way" also won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Bing Crosby), Best Supporting Actor (Barry Fitzgerald), Directing (Leo McCarey), Music – Song ("Swinging on a Star," music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke), Writing – Original Story (Leo McCarey), and Writing – Screenplay (Frank Butler and Frank Cavett). (View Image)
  • Bob Hope and director John Cromwell were the masters of ceremonies.
  • On June 6, 1944, the Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in France (D-Day).
  • In July 1944, one of the worst fire disasters in U.S. history occurred in Hartford, Connecticut, during a performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
  • In August 1944, Anne Frank and her family were discovered by the Gestapo.
  • In October 1944, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" radio show debuted in the U.S.
  • On November 7, 1944, President Roosevelt defeated challenger Thomas E. Dewey in the U.S. presidential election, becoming the only U.S. president elected to a fourth term.
  • On December 14, 1944, the movie "National Velvet" premiered in New York City and brought Elizabeth Taylor to stardom. In 1945, following its national release, the movie was nominated for five Academy Awards and won for Best Supporting Actress and Film Editing.

Special Award

To Margaret O'Brien, outstanding child actress of 1944.

Special Award

To Bob Hope for his many services to the Academy.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

To Darryl F. Zanuck (View Image)

See all Nominees and Winners

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