ⓘ 16th Academy Awards


ⓘ 16th Academy Awards

The 16th Academy Awards, in 1944, was the first Oscar ceremony held at a large public venue, Graumans Chinese Theatre. Free passes were given out to men and women in uniform. Originating on KFWB, the complete ceremony was internationally broadcast by CBS Radio via shortwave. Jack Benny served as master of ceremonies for the event, which lasted fewer than 30 minutes.

The Tom and Jerry cartoon series won its first Oscar this year for The Yankee Doodle Mouse after two failed nominations in a row. It would go on to win another six Oscars, including three in a row for the next three years, and gained a total of 13 nominations.

For the first time, supporting actors and actresses took home full-size statuettes, instead of smaller-sized awards mounted on a plaque.

For Whom the Bell Tolls was the third film to receive nominations in all four acting categories.

This was the last year until 2009 to have 10 nominations for Best Picture; The Ox-Bow Incident is, as of 2019, the last film to be nominated solely in that category.


1. Awards

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.

Academy Honorary Award

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


  • Mark Sandrich Presenter: Best Director
  • Donald Crisp Presenter: Best Supporting Actor
  • Carole Landis Presenter: Best Art Direction
  • Walter Wanger Presenter: Short Subject Awards and the Honorary Award
  • James Hilton Presenter: Writing Awards
  • Rosalind Russell Presenter: Best Cinematography
  • Sidney Franklin Presenter: Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Greer Garson Presenter: Best Actress
  • Darryl F. Zanuck Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
  • George Murphy Presenter: Best Actor
  • Dinah Shore Presenter: Music Awards
  • Howard Estabrook Presenter: Documentary Awards
  • Teresa Wright Presenter: Best Supporting Actress
  • Y. Frank Freeman


  • Red Skelton
  • Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy
  • Betty Hutton
  • Susanna Foster
  • Ray Bolger
  • Lena Horne
  • Mitzi Gerber
  • Kay Kyser & His Band