Taking a break from the war films that occupied the prior winning slots at the last two Academy Awards, the 1945 Oscar ceremony honored a very different film. It was a movie that only briefly mentions the battles raging overseas. It was a lighthearted picture that wasn’t hard hitting or dramatic but instead optimistic and joyous, a much needed film ingredient for the low spirits of Americans worn down by the war. It was the 1944 Leo McCarey musical comedy Going My Way starring Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, and Risë Stevens. My review below.