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Casablanca's Showing at the 1944 Academy Awards

Jeffery Fraser

An alumnus of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, Jeffery Scott Fraser has owned and operated the Tsaina Lodge in Alaska since 2011. Jeffery S. Fraser's favorite movie is Casablanca.

Considered a classic in American cinema, Casablanca was released nationwide in January 1943 and later nominated for eight Oscars, three of which it won at the 16th Academy Awards, held March 2, 1944, at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Most notably, the film won Outstanding Motion Picture, beating out nominees such as For Whom the Bell Tolls, Heaven Can Wait, Madame Curie, and The Song of Bernadette. The film's director Michael Curtiz won the Oscar for best in his field, while Howard Koch and the Epstein brothers--Julius and Philip--won the award for writing.

Casablanca received nominations in cinematography, music, and film editing, while two of its actors also earned recognition. Humphrey Bogart, who played the film's male lead, was nominated for Best Actor, while Claude Rains was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.


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