21st Academy Award Ceremony

Date: March 24, 1949

Best Picture

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Laurence Olivier for Hamlet

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Claire Trevor for Key Largo

Best Director

Best Screenplay

Best Motion Picture Story

  • Richard Schweizer & David Wechsler for The Search

Best Cinematography, Colour

  • Joseph A. Valentine, William V. Skall, & Winton C. Hoch for Joan of Arc

Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

  • William H. Daniels for The Naked City

Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White

  • Roger K. Furse & Carmen Dillon for Hamlet

Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Colour

  • Hein Heckroth & Arthur Lawson for The Red Shoes

Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

Best Costume Design, Colour

  • Dorothy Jeakins & Barbara Karinska for Joan of Arc

Best Sound, Recording

  • The Snake Pit

Best Film Editing

  • Paul Weatherwax for The Naked City

Best Special Effects

  • Paul Eagler, J. McMillan Johnson, Russell Shearman, Clarence Slifer, Charles L. Freeman, & James G. Stewart for Portrait of Jennie

Best Original Song

  • Jay Livingston & Ray Evans for “Buttons and Bows” from The Paleface

Best Scoring of a Musical Picture

  • Johnny Green & Roger Edens for Easter Parade

Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

  • Brian Easdale for The Red Shoes

Best Short Subject, Two-Reel

  • Walt Disney for Seal Island

Best Short Subject, One-Reel

  • Edmund Reek for Rhythm of a City

Best Short Subject, Cartoons

  • Fred Quimby for The Little Orphan

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

  • Toward Independence

Best Documentary, Features

  • Orville O. Dull for The Secret Land

Juvenile Award

  • Ivan Jandl for The Search

Honorary Award

  • Monsieur Vincent
  • Sid Grauman
  • Adolph Zukor
  • Walter Wanger for Joan of Arc