Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The 19th Academy Awards and Jack Benny

Today with the assistance of Buck Benny's world class podcast we have the full radio broadcast of the Academy Awards held on March 13th 1947 with host Jack Benny.
Held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, I believe this was the first year that clips were shown from the films nominated for Best Picture and clips for all the acting categories.
Now dont get your hopes for a laugh fest with Jack as host because he doesnt even get introduced until 1 hr 50 minutes into the show.  Now he does a great job and gets in quite a few jokes at his own expense about "The Horn Blows at Midnight" and "To Be or Not To Be", but he isnt the quick, rapid fire joke teller like Bob Hope the year before but he entertains as always.
The winner for 1946 was the classic "The Best Years of Our Lives", taking home 7 Awards out of 8 nominations.

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