18th Academy Awards

The 18th Academy Awards was the first such ceremony after World War II. As a result, the ceremony featured more glamour than had been present during the war.

Plaster statuettes that had been given out during the war years were replaced with bronze statuettes with gold plating. Despite this, director Billy Wilder's grim and socially significant drama The Lost Weekend took the top honors. It became the first film to win both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Palme d'Or. Joan Crawford was absent, claiming she had pnemonia (although it was said it was because she was sure she wouldn't win the Academy Award for Best Actress for Mildred Pierce). As it turned it she did win, and the award was delivered to while in bed that night.

The 1945 Academy Award Winners

Picture: The Lost Weekend
Actor: Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend)
Actress: Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce)
Supporting Actor: James Dunn (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
Supporting Actress: Anne Revere (National Velvet)
Director: Billy Wilder (The Lost Weekend)
Adapted Screenplay: Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder (The Lost Weekend)
Original Screenplay: Richard Schweizer (Marie-Louise) / Charles G. Booth (The House on 92nd Street)
Song: "It Might As Well Be Spring" (State Fair)
Score: Spellbound / Anchors Aweigh
Cinematography: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Black and White) / Leave Her to Heaven (Color)
Interior Decoration: Blood on the Sun (Black and White) / Frenchman's Creek (Color)
Film Editing: National Velvet
Sound: The Bells of St. Mary's
Special Effects: Wonder Man
Short Films: Quiet Please (Cartoons) / Stairway to Light (One-Reel) / Star in the Night (Two-Reel)
Documentaries: Hitler Lives? (Short) / The True Glory (Feature)