After years of wartime austerity the glitter of Hollywood was back. Plaster Oscars were replaced with gilded bronze and the festivities took place at Grauman’s Chinese…1946

After years of wartime austerity the glitter of Hollywood was back. Plaster Oscars were replaced with gilded bronze and the festivities took place at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. A film noir took top prizes, Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor – more on that later, but here we’ll just note that movie was, “The Lost Weekend”.

Photographed by Howard Ballew:

1946 Howard Ballew Fans

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1946 awards

5 comments

  1. Oh But Ms L
    Don’t you think there’s a trace or tracelight to be exact left over from the war in that first photograph?
    I had no idea about the plaster Oscars. A year later and we would have the New Look and the real work of bury the grim realities of war would be well underway.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • A tracer light or searchlight is a Hollywood staple for use from premieres to car wash openings. Am I right Miss Lester? Growing up in L.A. one never knew what one would find going on at the source of a battery for glamourous searchlights.

    • Remind me of the plaster… I think I have a picture of Greer Garson in a sensible suit standing next to a guy in uniform accepting one…
      Really, I have to find that!
      Is your interview with Lanier up? I have to go see.
      xox,
      V

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