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17th Academy Awards

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Best Picture  Going My Way
Date  15 March 1945
Site  Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Most awards  Going My Way (7)
Other ceremonies  1944, 1946
Hosts  John Cromwell, Bob Hope
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Hosted by  John Cromwell and Bob Hope
Most nominations  Going My Way and Wilson (10)
Location  Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, California, United States

The 17th Academy Awards marked the first time the complete awards ceremony was broadcast nationally, on the Blue Network (ABC Radio). Bob Hope hosted the 70-minute broadcast, which included film clips that required explanation for the radio audience. This tradition ended abruptly after the 1948 ceremony as a result of the Paramount antitrust decrees, only to return gradually since the late 1960s.


This is the first year that the Best Picture category was limited to five pictures. This was also the first and last time an individual was nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for playing the same role in the same film: Barry Fitzgerald for the character of Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way. He won for Best Supporting Actor.


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.

Academy Honorary Award

  • Bob Hope
  • Academy Juvenile Award

  • Margaret O'Brien
  • Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

  • Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Presenters

  • Hugo Butler (Presenter: Writing Awards)
  • Charles Coburn (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor)
  • John Cromwell (Presenter: Documentary Awards, Short Subject Awards, Scientific & Technical Awards, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Recording, Best Art Direction, and Best Special Effects)
  • Barry Fitzgerald (Presenter: Best Actor)
  • Bob Hope (Presenter: Best Cinematography and Best Original Song)
  • Jennifer Jones (Presenter: Best Actress)
  • Mervyn LeRoy (Presenter: Best Director)
  • Norma Shearer (Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award)
  • Hal B. Wallis (Presenter: Best Picture)
  • Walter Wanger (Presenter: Honorary Award to Bob Hope)
  • Teresa Wright (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress)
  • References

    17th Academy Awards Wikipedia