VE day occurred on May 8, 1945 and VJ day occurred on August 15, 1945. Actors, writers, directors were coming home from the war. For the rest of the decade at the Oscars, Best Song Awards were handed out to lighter tunes that once you start humming them you just couldn’t get them out of your head.
It Might As Well Be Spring 1945 ~ State Fair~ 20th Century Fox music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe 1946 ~The Harvey Girls~ MGM music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah 1947 ~Song of the South ~ Disney music by Allie Wrubel lyrics by Ray Gilbert.
Buttons and Bows 1948 ~ The Paleface ~ Paramount music and lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
Baby It’s Cold Outside 1949~ Neptunes Daughter~ MGM music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.
Mona Lisa 1950~ Captain Carey U.S.A.~ Paramount music and lyrics by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston.
Special Juvenile Awards rounded out the decade with Miniature Statuettes going to:
Peggy Ann Garner 1945,
Claude Jarman Jr. 1946,
Ivan Jandl 1948 for his performance in the movie The Search MGM,
Bobby Driscoll 1949, there were no Juvenile Awards for the year 1950.
In 1947 James Baskett received a Special Award Statuette for his able and heartwarming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and story teller to the children of the world. Uncle Remus was a character in the Disney movie Song of the South.