Cinema 1950: You Must Remember This–Movies, Stars, Awards

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Bette Davis was denied the 1950 Oscar for what’s the majestic performance of her career, as Margo Channing in All About Eve, but she competed against her co-star Anne Baxter in the same category. As I have noted before, this must have split the votes.

In fact, 1950 was a year of extraordinary performances, including Gloria Swanson’s in Sunset Boulevard. The surprise winner was Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday, the only comedic role in a year of heavy dramatic roles; the fifth nominee was Eleanor Parker as the victimized wife in the prison drama Caged.

Best Picture Oscar: All About Eve

N.Y. Film Critics Circle: All About Eve

Golden Globes: Sunset Boulevard

Venice Festival: Justice Is Done

British Awards: All About Eve; The Blue Lamp (UK Best Film)

Best Actress:

Oscar: Judy Holliday, Born Yesterday

N.Y. Film Critics Circle: Bette Davis, All About Eve

National Board of Review: Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard

Golden Globes: Gloria Swanson

Cannes Film Festival:

Venice Film Festival: Eleanor Parker, Caged



Best Actor:

Oscar: Jose Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac

N.Y. Film Critics Circle: Gregory Peck, Twelve O’Clock High

National Board of Review: Alec Guinness, Kind Hearts and Coronets

Golden Globes:  Jose Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac; Fred Astaire, Three Little Words

Cannes Film Festival: No Award

Venice Film Festival: Sam Jaffe, The Asphalt Jungle