15th Academy Awards

The 15th Academy Awards was held in the Cocoanut Grove at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles honoring the films of 1942. Best Picture honors went to the film Mrs. Miniver. The ceremony is most famous for the speech by the film's Oscar-winning actress Greer Garson. Garson's acceptance speech as Best Actress ran nearly 6 minutes and is generally considered to be the longest acceptance speech at an Academy Awards ceremony.[1]

15th Academy Awards
DateMarch 4, 1943
SiteCocoanut Grove, The Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA
Hosted byBob Hope
Best PictureMrs. Miniver
Most awardsMrs. Miniver (6)
Most nominationsMrs. Miniver (12)

Mrs. Miniver was the second film (after My Man Godfrey in 1936) to receive nominations in all four acting categories, as well as the first film to garner five acting nominations.

Also notable at the ceremony, Irving Berlin presented the Academy Award for Best Song, which he ended up winning himself for "White Christmas".

Voting for the Best Documentary category resulted in a four-way tie, an outcome that has not happened before or since.

A portion of the ceremony was broadcast by CBS Radio.[2]


Sidney Franklin, Best Picture winner
William Wyler, Best Director winner
James Cagney, Best Actor winner
Greer Garson, Best Actress winner
Van Heflin, Best Supporting Actor winner
Teresa Wright, Best Supporting Actress winner
Walt Disney, Best Short Subjects – Cartoons winner
Irving Berlin, Best Original Song winner
Charles Boyer, Honorary Academy Award recipient
Noël Coward, Honorary Academy Award recipient

Nominees announced on February 8, 1943. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[3]

Academy Honorary AwardEdit

  • 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".
  • Noël Coward – "for his outstanding production achievement in In Which We Serve".
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – "for its achievement in representing the American Way of Life in the production of the Andy Hardy series of films".

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardEdit

Multiple nominations and awardsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "And the Oscar for the longest speech goes to ... Greer Garson". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  2. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 4–5. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2019-09-19. The Academy Awards Show.
  3. ^ "The 15th Academy Awards (1943) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-13.