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1948 (21st Annual Awards)
Academy Award Overview

Shown below is an overview of the 1948 Academy Awards, comprised of selected items from the WebMaster’s collection. (All of the items for a given category—for example, all Reminder Lists—can be found in the “Gallery” section.)

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The 1948 Preliminaries

1948 (21st) Reminder List of Eligible Releases

1948 (21st) Voting Rules
Eligibility Period:
January 1, 1948 to December 31, 1948

Reminder List of Eligible Releases

Text of Voting Rules

The 1948 Ceremony

1948 (21st) Academy Award Ceremony Program Thursday, March 24, 1949
8:00 PM

Academy Award Theater,

Ceremony Program

Nominations & Winners
Winners Only
Nominations by Film
Nomination Statistics by Film

See Also:
    Nominations & Winners by Category
    Winners Only by Category

The 1948 Winners

1948 (21st) Best Picture Poster: “Hamlet”

1948 (21st) Best Picture Home Page Background: “Hamlet”

Best Picture:
J. Arthur Rank-Two Cities Films;
Universal-International (United Kingdom)

Best Picture Poster

Best Picture Home Page Background

1948 (21st) Best Actor: Laurence Olivier   1948 (21st) Best Actor Volpe Sketch: Laurence Olivier Best Actor:
Laurence Olivier
as Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
in the film

1948 (21st) Best Actress: Jane Wyman   1948 (21st) Best Actress Volpe Sketch: Jane Wyman Best Actress:
Jane Wyman
as Belinda McDonald
in the film
Johnny Belinda

1948 (13th) Best Supporting Actor: Walter Huston Best Supporting Actor:
Walter Huston
as Howard
in the film
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1948 (13th) Best Supporting Actress: Claire Trevor Best Supporting Actress:
Claire Trevor
as Gaye Dawn
in the film
Key Largo

1948 (15th) Best Song: “Buttons and Bows” Best Song:
Buttons and Bows
from the film
The Paleface

Music and lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

Best Song Lyrics