1950 Academy Awards

Competition was stiff for the 1950 Academy Awards with The Best Picture winner “All About Eve” nominated for an Oscar in fourteen categories.

Performers for the March 29, 1951 ceremonies included Gloria DeHaven and Alan Young, Frankie Laine, Martin and Lewis, and Lucille Norman.

Presenters for this 23rd Academy Awards for best film efforts in 1950 were the very style conscious Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Debra Paget, Debbie Reynolds, Jan Sterling, and Mercedes McCambridge.

Fred Astaire hosted the 1950 Academy Awards Ceremony for the best films for the year.

1950 Academy Awards Winners Were

(winners are listed in bold text)


BEST PICTURE

Darryl F. Zanuck for 20th Century Fox – All About Eve
S. Sylvan Simon for Columbia Pictures – Born Yesterday
Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Father of the Bride
Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – King Solomon’s Mines
Charles Brackett for Paramount Pictures – Sunset Boulevard


All About Eve was the 1950 Academy Awards winner for Best Picture and starred Bette Davis as Margo Channing, an aging Broadway star whose career is threatened by a younger woman. Eve Harrington was played by Anne Baxter. The American Film Institute lists “All About Eve” at #16 on the 1998 list of the 100 best American Films.

All About Eve
All About Eve

BEST ACTOR

José Ferrer – Cyrano de Bergerac
Louis Calhern – The Magnificent Yankee
William Holden – Sunset Boulevard
James Stewart – Harvey
Spencer Tracy – Father of the Bride


Jose Ferrer was 1950 Academy Awards winner for Best Actor for his portrayal of “Cyrano de Bergerac” in the film of the same name. Jose Ferrer was born January 8, 1912 in San Juan, Puerto Rico and died of colon cancer in Coral Gables, Florida on January 26, 1992 at the age of 80 years. He was most notably married to Rosemary Clooney from 1953-1961 and remarried in 1964 yet divorced again in 1967. He was married to Stella Magee from 1977 until his death. Ferrer enjoyed a long acting and directing career and received Oscar nominations for “Joan of Arc” and “Moulin Rouge” before receiving an award for his work in “Cyrano de Bergerac.”


BEST ACTRESS

Judy Holliday – Born Yesterday
Anne Baxter – All About Eve
Bette Davis – All About Eve
Eleanor Parker – Caged
Gloria Swanson – Sunset Boulevard


Judy Holliday was the 1950 Academy Awards winner for Best Actress for “Born Yesterday”. She was born Judith Tuvim June 21, 1921 and died of breast cancer June 7, 1965. She married David Oppenheim in 1948 and divorced in 1958. Best known for her role as “Billie” Dawn in “Born Yesterday”, she also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performances in The “Solid Gold Cadillac” and “Bells Are Ringing.”


BEST DIRECTOR

Joseph L. Mankiewicz – All About Eve
George Cukor – Born Yesterday
John Huston – The Asphalt Jungle
Carol Reed – The Third Man
Billy Wilder – Sunset Boulevard


BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

George Sanders – All About Eve
Jeff Chandler – Broken Arrow
Edmund Gwenn – Mister 880
Sam Jaffe – The Asphalt Jungle
Erich von Stroheim – Sunset Boulevard


BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Josephine Hull – Harvey
Hope Emerson – Caged
Celeste Holm – All About Eve
Nancy Olson – Sunset Boulevard
Thelma Ritter – All About Eve


BEST COSTUME DESIGN – BLACK AND WHITE

All About Eve – Edith Head and Charles LeMaire
Born Yesterday – Jean Louis
The Magnificent Yankee – Walter Plunkett


BEST COSTUME DESIGN – COLOR

Samson and Delilah – Edith Head, Dorothy Jeakins,
Elois Jenssen, Gile Steele, Gwen Wakeling
The Black Rose – Michael Whittaker
That Forsyte Woman – Walter Plunkett and Valles


BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Mona Lisa – Captain Carey, U.S.A. – Music and Lyric by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Be My Love – The Toast of New Orleans – Music by Nicholas Brodszky, Lyric by Sammy Cahn
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo – Cinderella – Music and Lyric by Mack David, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston
Mule Train – Singing Guns – Music and Lyric by Fred Glickman, Hy Heath, Johnny Lange
Wilhelmina – Wabash Avenue – Music by Josef Myrow Lyric by Mack Gordon


BEST MUSICAL SCORE

Annie Get Your Gun – Adolph Deutsch and Roger Edens
Cinderella – Oliver Wallace and Paul J. Smith
I’ll Get By – Lionel Newman
Three Little Words – André Previn
The West Point Story – Ray Heindorf


BEST SCREENPLAY

All About Eve – Joseph L. Mankiewicz
The Asphalt Jungle – Ben Maddow and John Huston
Born Yesterday – Albert Mannheimer
Broken Arrow – Albert Maltz
Father of the Bride – Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

BEST STORY

Panic in the Streets – Edna Anhalt and Edward Anhalt
Bitter Rice – Giuseppe De Santis and Carlo Lizzani
The Gunfighter – William Bowers and André de Toth
Mystery Street – Leonard Spigelgass
When Willie Comes Marching Home – Sy Gomberg


BEST DRAMATIC OR COMEDY SCORE

Sunset Boulevard – Franz Waxman
All About Eve – Alfred Newman
The Flame and the Arrow – Max Steiner
No Sad Songs for Me – George Duning
Samson and Delilah – Victor Young


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

The Titan: Story of Michelangelo
With These Hands


BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT – ONE REEL

Grandad of Races – Gordon Hollingshead
Blaze Busters – Robert Youngson
Wrong Way Butch – Pete Smith


BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT – TWO REEL

In Beaver Valley
Grandma Moses
My Country ‘Tis of Thee

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – BLACK AND WHITE

The Third Man – Robert Krasker
All About Eve – Milton R. Krasner
The Asphalt Jungle – Harold Rosson
The Furies – Victor Milner
Sunset Boulevard – John F. Seit


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – COLOR

King Solomon’s Mines – Robert L. Surtees
Annie Get Your Gun – Charles Rosher
Broken Arrow – Ernest Palmer
The Flame and the Arrow – Ernest Haller
Samson and Delilah – George Barnes


Best Art Direction in Black and White

Sunset Boulevard – Art Direction – Hans Dreier and John Meehan
Sunset Boulevard – Set Decoration – Sam Comer and Ray Moyer
All About Eve – Art Direction – Lyle Wheeler and George Davis
All About Eve – Set Decoration – Thomas Little and Walter M. Scott
The Red Danube – Art Direction – Cedric Gibbons and Hans Peters
The Red Danube – Set Decoration – Edwin B. Willis and Hugh Hunt


Best Art Direction in Color

Samson and Delilah – Art Direction – Hans Dreier and Walter Tyler
Samson and Delilah – Set Decoration – Sam Comer and Ray Moyer
Annie Get Your Gun – Art Direction – Cedric Gibbons and Paul Groesse
Annie Get Your Gun – Set Decoration – Edwin B. Willis and Richard A. Pefferle
Destination Moon – Art Direction – Ernst Fegte
Destination Moon – Set Decoration – George Sawley


BEST FILM EDITING

King Solomon’s Mines – Ralph E. Winters, Conrad A. Nervig
All About Eve – Barbara McLean
Annie Get Your Gun – James E. Newcom
Sunset Boulevard – Arthur Schmidt, Doane Harrison
The Third Man – Oswald Hafenrichter


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Destination Moon – George Pal Productions, Eagle Lion Classics
Samson and Delilah – Cecil B. DeMille Productions, Paramount

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  1. I am looking for information about an artist working in Hollywood movies in the 1940s-1950s. I do know he designed some dresses way ahead of their time including one or two possibly in an Acadamy Award movie. His name is David Bain and he has been dead since the 1980’s. This is part of my family genealogical research. Thanks for any clues…

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