Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mar 20: Oscar Night

On this evening in 1948, the 20th Academy Awards were held at the Shrine Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
Songwriters Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert took home the Best Music, Original Song Oscar for "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" from Disney's Song of the South. Other song nominees in that category included "Pass that Peace Pipe" (from Good News), "You Do" (from Mother Wore Tights), "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" (from The Perils of Pauline), and "A Gal in Calico" (from The Time, the Place, and the Girl).
The team of Daniele Amfitheatrof, Paul J. Smith, and Charles Wolcott were nominated for Best Music, Scoring of A Musical Picture for their contribution to Song of the South. But Alfred Newman took home the Oscar for his work on Mother Wore Tights.
Both Disney's Pluto's Blue Note and Chip an' Dale lost to Edward Seltzer's Tweetie Pie for Best Short Subject, Cartoon.
Among the Honorary Oscars presented was one to actor James Baskett "for his able and heart-warming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and storyteller to the children of the world, in Walt Disney's Song of the South."

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