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Oscars 1948: Winners and Nominees of the 20th Academy Awards

Public list by WPS with 61 movies or TV shows/series

These movies have won or been nominated for the Oscars 1948 on 03/20/1948.

No film received more than three awards at the 20th Academy Awards. This would not recur until the 78th Academy Awards. Rosalind Russell was highly favored to win Best Actress for her performance in Mourning Becomes Electra, but Loretta Young won instead for The Farmer's Daughter. James Baskett received an Academy Honorary Award for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in Song of the South, which made him the first African-American man and the first Walt Disney star to win an Academy Award for acting. At age 71, Edmund Gwenn was the oldest Oscar-winner to that time. The previous oldest was Charles Coburn, who was 66 at the time of his win. In 2011, Christopher Plummer would become the oldest Oscar-winner, at age 82. ()

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Gentleman's Agreement(1947)

PG
| 1h 58min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 72 votes)

A magazine writer poses as a Jew to expose anti-Semitism.

Song of the South(1946)

G
| 1h 31min | Kids & Family, Music
3.3/5 (with 97 votes)

Uncle Remus draws upon his tales of Br'er Rabbit to help little Johnny deal with his confusion over his parents' separation as well as his new life on the plantation.

Kiss of Death(1947)

NR
| 1h 38min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 42 votes)

An ex-con trying to go straight must face a crazed criminal out for revenge.

Miracle on 34th Street(1947)

NR
| 1h 36min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
3.7/5 (with 220 votes)

Kris Kringle, seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy's following his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. His portrayal is so complete that many begin to question if he truly is Santa Claus, while others question his sanity.

Monsieur Verdoux(1947)

2h 4min | Comedy, Crime
4.0/5 (with 125 votes)

The film is about an unemployed banker, Henri Verdoux, and his sociopathic methods of attaining income. While being both loyal and competent in his work, Verdoux has been laid-off. To make money for his wife and child, he marries wealthy widows and then murders them. His crime spree eventually works against him when two particular widows break his normal routine.

Great Expectations(1946)

NR
| 1h 58min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.7/5 (with 91 votes)

In this Dickens adaptation, orphan Pip discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham, and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella, he discovers that the elderly spinster has gone mad from having been left at the altar as a young woman, and has made her charge into a warped, unfeeling heartbreaker.

Black Narcissus(1947)

NR
| 1h 40min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 136 votes)

A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean, and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.

The Paradine Case(1947)

3.1/5 (with 70 votes)

The beautiful Mrs. Paradine is accused of poisoning her older, blind husband. She hires married Anthony Keane as her lawyer and when he begins to fall in love with her, she encourages him.

Odd Man Out(1947)

NR
| 1h 56min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 56 votes)

Belfast police conduct a door-to-door manhunt for an IRA gunman wounded in a daring robbery.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir(1947)

NR
| 1h 44min | Fantasy, Romance / Love, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 84 votes)

In 1900, strong-willed widow Lucy Muir goes to live in Gull Cottage by the British seaside, even though it appears to be haunted. On her very first night she meets the ghost of the crusty former owner, Captain Gregg—and refuses to be scared off. They eventually become friends and allies, after Lucy gets used to the idea of a man's ghost haunting her bedroom.

Body and Soul(1947)

NR
| 1h 44min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 33 votes)

Charley Davis, against the wishes of his mother, becomes a boxer. As he becomes more successful the fighter becomes surrounded by shady characters, including an unethical promoter named Roberts, who tempt the man with a number of vices. Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices.

The Bishop's Wife(1947)

NR
| 1h 49min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 65 votes)

An Episcopal Bishop, Henry Brougham, has been working for months on the plans for an elaborate new cathedral which he hopes will be paid for primarily by a wealthy, stubborn widow. He is losing sight of his family and of why he became a churchman in the first place. Enter Dudley, an angel sent to help him. Dudley does help everyone he meets, but not necessarily in the way they would have preferred. With the exception of Henry, everyone loves him, but Henry begins to believe that Dudley is there to replace him, both at work and in his family's affections, as Christmas approaches.

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Shoeshine(1946)

1h 27min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 75 votes)

At a track near Rome, shoeshine boys are watching horses run. Two of the boys Pasquale, an orphan, and Giuseppe, his younger friend are riding. The pair have been saving to buy a horse of their own to ride...

Crossfire(1947)

NR
| 1h 26min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 33 votes)

A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer(1947)

NR
| 1h 35min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 34 votes)

Teenager Susan Turner, with a severe crush on playboy artist Richard Nugent, sneaks into his apartment to model for him and is found there by her sister Judge Margaret Turner. Threatened with jail, Nugent agrees to date Susan until the crush abates.

Mourning Becomes Electra(1947)

NR
| 2h 53min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

Near the end of the Civil War, the proud residents of Mannon Manor await the return of shipping tycoon Ezra Mannon and son Orin. Meanwhile Ezra’s conniving wife Christine and daughter Lavinia vie for the love of a handsome captain with a dark secret while well-meaning neighbor Peter sets his sights on Lavinia.

Ride the Pink Horse(1947)

1h 41min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 20 votes)

A con man tries to blackmail a Mexican gangster.

It Happened on Fifth Avenue(1947)

NR
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 21 votes)

A New Yorker hobo moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.

Forever Amber(1947)

2h 18min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 8 votes)

Amber St Clair, orphaned during the English Civil War and raised by a family of farmers, aspires to be a lady of high society; when a group of cavaliers ride into town, she sneaks away with them to London to achieve her dreams.

Road to Rio(1947)

NR
| 1h 40min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 14 votes)

Scat Sweeney, and Hot Lips Barton, two out of work musicians, stow away on board a Rio bound ship, after accidentally setting fire to the big top of a circus. They then get mixed up with a potential suicide Lucia, who first thanks them, then unexpectedly turns them over to the ship's captain. When they find out that she has been hypnotized, to go through a marriage of convenience, when the ship reaches Rio, the boys turn up at the ceremony, in order to stop the wedding, and to help catch the crooks.

Life with Father(1947)

NR
| 1h 58min | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.1/5 (with 18 votes)

A straitlaced turn-of-the-century father presides over a family of boys and the mother who really rules the roost.

T-Men(1947)

1h 32min | Thriller, Crime
3.4/5 (with 21 votes)

Two U.S. Treasury ("T-men") agents go undercover in Detroit, and then Los Angeles, in an attempt to break a U.S. currency counterfeiting ring.

Possessed(1947)

3.6/5 (with 25 votes)

After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there.

Mother Wore Tights(1947)

1h 47min | Music
2.8/5 (with 4 votes)

In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school, but ends up in a chorus line. Soon, star Frank Burt notices her talent, hires her for a "two-act", then marries her. Incidents of the marriage and the growing pains of eldest daughter Miriam are followed, interspersed with nostalgic musical numbers.

A Double Life(1947)

1h 44min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 18 votes)

A Shakespearian actor starring as Othello opposite his wife finds the character's jealous rage taking over his mind off-stage.

Unconquered(1947)

PG
| 2h 27min | Drama, Adventure, History
2.9/5 (with 16 votes)

England, 1763. After being convicted of a crime, the young and beautiful Abigail Hale agrees, to escape the gallows, to serve fourteen years as a slave in the colony of Virginia, whose inhabitants begin to hear and fear the sinister song of the threatening drums of war that resound in the wild Ohio valley.

Boomerang!(1947)

1h 28min | Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 24 votes)

In a quiet Connecticut town, a kindly priest is murdered while waiting at a street corner. The citizens are horrified and demand action from the police. All of the witnesses identify John Waldron, a nervous out-of-towner, as the killer. Although Waldron vehemently denies the crime, no one will believe him. District Attorney Henry Harvey is then put on the case and faces political opposition in his attempt to prove Waldron's innocence. Based on a true story.

Green Dolphin Street(1947)

3.1/5 (with 6 votes)

Sophie loved Edmund, but he left town when her parents forced her to marry wealthy Octavius. Years later, Edmund returns with his son, William. Sophie's daughter, Marguerite, and William fall in love. Marguerite's sister, Marianne, also loves William. Timothy, a lowly carpenter, secretly loves Marianne. He kills a man in a fight, and Edmund helps him flee to New Zealand. William deserts inadvertently from the navy, and also flees in disgrace to New Zealand, where he and Timothy start a profitable business. One night, drunk, William writes Octavius, demanding his daughter's hand; but, being drunk, he asks for the wrong sister.

Directed by Victor Saville - With Lana Turner, Van Heflin, Donna Reed, Richard Hart, Richard Hart, Frank Morgan, ...

Good News(1947)

3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring '20s, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe. Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat McClellan. Tommy's grades start to slip, which keeps him from playing in the big game. Connie eventually finds out Tommy really loves her and devises a plan to win him back and to get him back on the field.

Captain from Castile(1947)

3.7/5 (with 9 votes)

Spain, 1518: young caballero Pedro De Vargas offends his sadistic neighbor De Silva, who just happens to be an officer of the Inquisition. Forced to flee, Pedro, friend Juan Garcia, and adoring servant girl Catana join Cortez' first expedition to Mexico. Arriving in the rich new land, Cortez decides to switch from exploration to conquest...with only 500 men. Embroiled in continuous adventures and a romantic interlude, Pedro almost forgets he has a deadly enemy...

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