Barry Fitzgerald had a drama-filled 1945. In that year the Oscar trophies were made out of plaster due to limited natural resources. The stronger materials were all funneled to the war effort. Academy voters inadvertently nominated him in both the lead and supporting categories for his part in “Going My Way” making him the last person to be nominated twice for the same role. He won for Actor in a Supporting Role and his co-star Bing Crosby won for Best Actor in a Lead Role. While practicing his golf swing Fitzgerald knocked the head of the plaster trophy clean off.
"Going My Way" did quite well at the Oscars that year. It won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing (Original Story), Best Screenplay, and Best Music (Original Song).