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The 1950s was an interesting time in Hollywood. The advent of television was affecting movie attendance and the film industry countered with many historic and fantasy epics like The Robe (1953),The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952), The Ten Commandments (1956), The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958), and Ben-Hur (1959) to lure people back to the movie theatre.

A low point of the 1950s was the House UnAmerican Activities Commitee (HUAC). On June 22, 1950, a pamphlet entitled Red Channels was published. Focused on the field of broadcasting, it identified 151 entertainment industry professionals in the context of “Red Fascists and their sympathizers”. Soon, most of those named, along with a host of other artists, were barred from employment in most of the entertainment field.

Despite this witch-hunt, which lasted into the 1960s, the movie industry create some marvelous films.

all about eve

23rd Academy Awards

The 23rd Academy Awards Ceremony awarded Oscars for the best in films in 1950. All About Eve received 14 Oscar nominations, beating the previous record of 13 set by Gone with the Wind.

Sunset Boulevard became the second film with nominations in every acting category not to win a single one (after My Man Godfrey in 1936). This would not happen again until American Hustle was shut out at the 86th Academy Awards.

All About Eve was the second film, after Mrs. Miniver (1942), to receive five acting nominations. It also became the first (and, to date, only) film to receive four female acting nominations–two each for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. None was successful, losing to Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday and Josephine Hull in Harvey, respectively.

Winners

ACTOR José Ferrer  — Cyrano de Bergerac {“Cyrano de Bergerac”}

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE George SandersAll about Eve {“Addison De Witt”}

ACTRESS Judy HollidayBorn Yesterday {“Billie Dawn”}

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Josephine Hull Harvey {“Veta Louise Simmons”}

ART DIRECTION (Black-and-White) Sunset Blvd. — Art Direction: Hans Dreier, John Meehan; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Ray Moyer

ART DIRECTION (Color) Samson and Delilah — Art Direction: Hans Dreier, Walter Tyler; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Ray Moyer

CINEMATOGRAPHY (Black-and-White) The Third Man — Robert Krasker

CINEMATOGRAPHY (Color) King Solomon’s Mines — Robert Surtees

COSTUME DESIGN (Black-and-White) All about Eve — Edith Head, Charles LeMaire

COSTUME DESIGN (Color) Samson and Delilah — Edith Head, Dorothy Jeakins, Elois Jenssen, Gile Steele, Gwen Wakeling

DIRECTING All about Eve — Joseph L. Mankiewicz

DOCUMENTARY (Feature) The Titan: Story of Michelangelo — Robert Snyder, Producer

DOCUMENTARY (Short Subject) Why Korea? — Edmund Reek, Producer

FILM EDITING King Solomon’s Mines — Ralph E. Winters, Conrad A. Nervig

MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) Sunset Blvd. — Franz Waxman

MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture) Annie Get Your Gun — Adolph Deutsch, Roger Edens

MUSIC (Song) “Mona Lisa” from Captain Carey, U.S.A. — Music and Lyrics by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston

BEST MOTION PICTURE All about Eve — 20th Century-Fox

SHORT SUBJECT (Cartoon) Gerald McBoing-Boing — Stephen Bosustow, Producer

SHORT SUBJECT (One-reel) Grandad of Races — Gordon Hollingshead, Producer

SHORT SUBJECT (Two-reel) In Beaver Valley — Walt Disney, Producer

SOUND RECORDING All about Eve — 20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, Thomas T. Moulton, Sound Director

SPECIAL EFFECTS Destination Moon — George Pal Productions

WRITING (Motion Picture Story) Panic in the Streets — Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt

WRITING (Screenplay) All about Eve — Joseph L. Mankiewicz

WRITING (Story and Screenplay) Sunset Blvd. — Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D. M. Marshman, Jr.

HONORARY FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM AWARD

To The Walls of Malapaga – voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States in 1950.

HONORARY AWARD

To George Murphy for his services in interpreting the film industry to the country at large.

To Louis B. Mayer for distinguished service to the motion picture industry.

IRVING G. THALBERG MEMORIAL AWARD

Darryl F. Zanuck

 

Image from the movie "An American in Paris"

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24th Academy Awards

The 24th Academy Awards honored the best in film in 1951, as recognized by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,

Best Picture was awarded to An American in Paris, which, like A Place in the Sun, received six Academy Awards. A Streetcar Named Desire won four Oscars, including three of the acting awards. The film’s only unsuccessful acting nomination was that of Marlon Brando