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A January 1949 New York Times news item reported that producer Stanley Kramer had made Champion in twenty-four days for a modest $595,000 as a result of extensive pre-production rehearsal and preparation. According to Kramer, this preparation saved him fourteen days of shooting and at least $150,000. Kirk Douglas was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. The film won an Oscar for Editing and also received nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Arthur Kennedy), Black and White Cinematography, Screenplay and Music. According to a June 1949 Am Cin article, the diner scenes were shot in an actual diner in Santa Monica, CA. As noted in a March 1949 Daily Variety item, just before Champion was to open, RKO obtained an injunction against the film, claiming that it "was copied largely from and based upon" their film The Set-Up. For a full account of this litigation, please see the entry below for The Set-Up.