Oscar Actors: Ferrer, Jose–Winner for Cyrano De Bergerac (1950)

This disappointingly made, low-budget version of Edmond Rostand’s classic play is directed by Michael Gordon without wit, verve, or style.

It is mostly known today for garnering (undeservedly, I think) the Best Actor Oscar on Jose Ferrer.

Ferrer was also nominated in the secondary league, Best Supporting Actor.

As usual, the pretentious Ferrer overacts, playing the famous, long-nosed, swordsman-poet, who courts the woman he adores, Roxanne (Mala Powers), for another man, a handsome but tongue-tied suitor (William Prince).

The screenplay is by Carl Foreman, based on Brian Hooker’s translation of Rostand’s play.

Oscar Nominations:

Best Actor: Jose Ferrer

Oscar Awards: 1

Best Actor

Oscar Context

Best Actor Oscar Race

The Best Actor contest in 1950 included Louis Calhern in “The Magnificent Yankee,” William Holden in “Sunset Boulevard,” James Stewart in “Harvey,” and Spencer Tracy in “Father of the Bride.”

This was the second nomination for Ferrer, who had previously received a nod in the supporting actor category for “Joan of Arc,” in 1948, starring Ingrid Bergman.

The play has been adapted into the big screen numerous times, but the best version to date is the 1990 French film, for which Gerard Depardieu received a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Credits

Production: UA (Stanley Kramer Productions)

 

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