19th Academy Awards

The 19th Academy Awards continued a trend through the late 1940s of the Oscar voters honoring films about contemporary social issues. The Best Years of Our Lives concerns the lives of three returning veterans from three branches of military service as they adjust to life on the home front after World War II.

19th Academy Awards
DateMarch 13, 1947
SiteShrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
Hosted byJack Benny
Best PictureThe Best Years of Our Lives
Most awardsThe Best Years of Our Lives (7)
Most nominationsThe Best Years of Our Lives (8)

The Academy awarded Harold Russell—a World War II veteran who had lost both hands in the war and who, despite not being an actor, portrayed Homer Parrish in The Best Years of Our Lives—an Honorary Academy Award for "bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans", believing he would not win the Best Supporting Actor award for which he was nominated. As it happened, he did win the competitive award, making him the only person to receive two Oscars for the same performance.

This was the first time since the 2nd Academy Awards that every category had at most 5 nominations.


Nominees were announced on February 9, 1947. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1]

Samuel Goldwyn; Best Picture winner
William Wyler; Best Director winner
Fredric March; Best Actor winner
Olivia DeHavilland; Best Actress winner
Harold Russell; Best Supporting Actor winner and Honorary Academy Award recipient
Anne Baxter; Best Supporting Actress winner
Robert E. Sherwood; Best Screenplay winner
Winifred Ashton (as Clemence Dane); Best Story winner
Johnny Mercer; Best Original Song co-winner
Cedric Gibbons; Best Art Direction, Color co-winner
Charles Rosher; Best Cinematography, Color co-winner
Laurence Olivier; Honorary Academy Award recipient
Ernst Lubitsch; Honorary Academy Award recipient
Best Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Screenplay
Best Motion Picture Story Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Short Subject – Cartoons Best Live Action Short Subject, One-Reel
Best Live Action Short Subject, Two-Reel Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Best Scoring of a Musical Picture Best Original Song
Best Sound Recording Best Art Direction – Interior Decoration, Black-and-White
Best Art Direction – Interior Decoration, Color Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
Best Cinematography, Color Best Film Editing
Best Special Effects

Academy Honorary AwardsEdit

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardEdit

Academy Juvenile AwardEdit



Multiple nominations and awardsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The 19th Academy Awards (1947) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2015-01-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Open City on 19th Oscars website