Oscar Movies: Snake Pit, The (1948)


Oscar Nomination: 6

Picture, produced by Anatole Litvak and Robert Bassler
Director: Anatole Litvak
Screenplay: Frank Partos and Millen Brand, based on the novel by Mary Jane Ward
Actress: Olivia de Havilland
Scoring (Drama or Comedy): Alfred Newman
Sound: Thomas Moulton

Oscar Awards: 1


Oscar Context

In 1948, “The Snake Pit” competed for the top Oscar with Laurence Olivier's “Hamlet,” which won Best Picture, Actor, and other awards; the ballet-drama “The Red Shoes,” which broke box-office records in the U.S.; Jean Negulesco's melodrama “Johnny Belinda;” and John Huston's “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” which won in three of its four nominations, including Director and Screenplay for John Huston.

The most nominated picture, and thus the biggest loser, was “Johnny Belinda,” receiving 12 nominations, but winning only one Oscar, Best Actress for Jane Wyman as the deaf-mute girl Belinda McDonald. Olivia de Havilland won her second Best Actress Oscar the following year, for “The Heiress.”

“The Red Shoes” deservedly won the technical awards in color, a distinction that increased the number of winning films.