Oscar Movies: Red Shoes

Oscar Nomination: 5

Picture, produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Motion Picture Story: Emeric Pressburger
Film Editing: Reginald Mills
Art Direction-Set Decoration (color): Hein Heckbroth; Arthur Lawson
Scoring (Dramatic or Comedy): Brian Easdale

Oscar Awards: 2

Art Direction-Set Decoration

Oscar Context

In 1948, “Hamlet,” the Best Picture winner competed for the top Oscar with the ballet-drama “The Red Shoes,” which broke box-office records in the U.S.; two melodramas, Johnny Belinda” with Jane Wyman and The Snake Pit” with Olivia De Havilland, and John Huston's brilliant crime drama, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” with an all-star cast, headed by Humphrey Bogart and John Huston's father, Walter Huston.

The most nominated picture was “Johnny Belinda,” receiving 12 nominations, but winning only one Oscar, Best Actress for Jane Wyman as the deaf-mute girl Belinda McDonald. The major awards were spread rather evenly among the five nominees.

“The Red Shoes” deservedly won the Color Art Direction-Set Decoration and the Scoring Oscars.

The Oscar for Story went to Richard Sweizer and Davis Wechsler for Fred Zinnemann's war drama, “The Search.” The Editing Oscar went to Paul Weatherwax for the noir “The Naked City.”