Cinema 1950: Intense Competition, Winners of Oscar, N.Y. Film Critics, Golden Globes

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)