The Academy Award

Scoring of the Dramatic Picture Oscar statuette awarded to Hugo Friedhofer for the 1946 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES. Friedhofer, who was nominated in the music scoring category nine times, received the award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on 13 March 1950 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The movie won six other Oscars. Continuing an Academy trend through the late 1940s of honoring films about contemporary social issues, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, a film about returning WWII soldiers, won “Best Motion Picture”. The story of servicemen getting their lives back together after the war was a box office success, becoming the highest grossing film in both the United States and UK since the release of GONE WITH THE WIND. An engraved plaque on the pedestal reads, “Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences First Award 1946 to Hugo Friedhofer for Scoring of the Dramatic Picture THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES.” The figure and film reel, composed of gold-plated britannium and measuring 10.25″ tall, top the pedestal, bringing the total height to 13.25″. The pedestal’s diameter measures 5″. The award weighs 6 pounds.

1946 Best Music Award to Hugo Friedhofer for THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
Best Music for Best Movie of the Year



4 thoughts on “The Academy Award

  1. Hugo kept his Oscar on a shelf in the closet most of the time. I asked him about this whilst we were enjoying lunch at Musso and Frank. He recalled Charles Ives comment upon receiving the Pulitzer Prize for one of his symphonies, “Prizes are for boys, and I’m a grown-up.” Well said.

  2. Any idea who the current owner of this Oscar is? This is a wonderful site. 1st time for me to see it.

  3. Hi… I am his grand-niece… I remember visiting Uncle Hugo’s house and seeing the award by the side of his bed.

  4. Does one of the grandchildren (our cousins) have it? I remember seeing it too and noting how poor-quality the plating was … Appropriate somehow.

    Meantime Hugo had resigned from the Academy, and valued his nominations more than the actual Oscar. (See the chapter on Hugo in Gene Lees’ book.)

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