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The 23rd Academy Awards (1951) Nominees and Winners

Held at the RKO Pantages Theatre on Thursday, March 29, 1951,
honoring movies released in 1950.

Swanson with Best Actor Jose Ferrer ("Cyrano de Bergerac") and Best Actress Judy Holliday ("Born Yesterday").

Presenter Gloria Swanson with Best Actor Jose Ferrer ("Cyrano de Bergerac") and Best Actress Judy Holliday ("Born Yesterday").


  • Louis Calhern in "The Magnificent Yankee"
  • José Ferrer in "Cyrano de Bergerac"
  • William Holden in "Sunset Blvd."
  • James Stewart in "Harvey"
  • Spencer Tracy in "Father of the Bride"

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Jeff Chandler in "Broken Arrow"
  • Edmund Gwenn in "Mister 880"
  • Sam Jaffe in "The Asphalt Jungle"
  • George Sanders in "All about Eve"
  • Erich von Stroheim in "Sunset Blvd."


  • Anne Baxter in "All about Eve"
  • Bette Davis in "All about Eve"
  • Judy Holliday in "Born Yesterday"
  • Eleanor Parker in "Caged"
  • Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Blvd."

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Hope Emerson in "Caged"
  • Celeste Holm in "All about Eve"
  • Josephine Hull in "Harvey"
  • Nancy Olson in "Sunset Blvd."
  • Thelma Ritter in "All about Eve"

Art Direction (Black-and-White)

  • "All about Eve" Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, George W. Davis; Set Decoration: Thomas Little, Walter M. Scott
  • "The Red Danube" Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Hugh Hunt
  • "Sunset Blvd." Art Direction: Hans Dreier, John Meehan; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Ray Moyer

Art Direction (Color)

  • "Annie Get Your Gun" Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Richard A. Pefferle
  • "Destination Moon" Art Direction: Ernst Fegte; Set Decoration: George Sawley
  • "Samson and Delilah" Art Direction: Hans Dreier, Walter Tyler; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Ray Moyer

Cinematography (Black-and-White)

  • "All about Eve" Milton Krasner
  • "The Asphalt Jungle" Harold Rosson
  • "The Furies" Victor Milner
  • "Sunset Blvd." John F. Seitz
  • "The Third Man" Robert Krasker

Cinematography (Color)

  • "Annie Get Your Gun" Charles Rosher
  • "Broken Arrow" Ernest Palmer
  • "The Flame and the Arrow" Ernest Haller
  • "King Solomon's Mines" Robert Surtees
  • "Samson and Delilah" George Barnes

Costume Design (Black-and-White)

  • "All about Eve" Edith Head, Charles LeMaire
  • "Born Yesterday" Jean Louis
  • "The Magnificent Yankee" Walter Plunkett

Costume Design (Color)

  • "The Black Rose" Michael Whittaker
  • "Samson and Delilah" Edith Head, Dorothy Jeakins, Elois Jenssen, Gile Steele, Gwen Wakeling
  • "That Forsyte Woman" Walter Plunkett, Valles


  • "All about Eve" Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • "The Asphalt Jungle" John Huston
  • "Born Yesterday" George Cukor
  • "Sunset Blvd." Billy Wilder
  • "The Third Man" Carol Reed

Documentary (Feature)

  • "The Titan: Story of Michelangelo" Robert Snyder, Producer
  • "With These Hands" Jack Arnold and Lee Goodman, Producers

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • "The Fight: Science against Cancer" Guy Glover, Producer
  • "The Stairs" Film Documents, Inc.
  • "Why Korea?" Edmund Reek, Producer

Film Editing

  • "All about Eve" Barbara McLean
  • "Annie Get Your Gun" James E. Newcom
  • "King Solomon's Mines" Ralph E. Winters, Conrad A. Nervig
  • "Sunset Blvd." Arthur Schmidt, Doane Harrison
  • "The Third Man" Oswald Hafenrichter

Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)

  • "All about Eve" Alfred Newman
  • "The Flame and the Arrow" Max Steiner
  • "No Sad Songs for Me" George Duning
  • "Samson and Delilah" Victor Young
  • "Sunset Blvd." Franz Waxman

Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)

  • "Annie Get Your Gun" Adolph Deutsch, Roger Edens
  • "Cinderella" Oliver Wallace, Paul J. Smith
  • "I'll Get By" Lionel Newman
  • "Three Little Words" Andre Previn
  • "The West Point Story" Ray Heindorf

Music (Song)

  • "Be My Love" from "The Toast of New Orleans" Music by Nicholas Brodszky; Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
  • "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" from "Cinderella" Music and Lyrics by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
  • "Mona Lisa" from "Captain Carey, U.S.A." Music and Lyrics by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
  • "Mule Train" from "Singing Guns" Music and Lyrics by Fred Glickman, Hy Heath and Johnny Lange
  • "Wilhelmina" from "Wabash Avenue" Music by Josef Myrow; Lyrics by Mack Gordon

Best Motion Picture

  • "All about Eve" 20th Century-Fox
  • "Born Yesterday" Columbia
  • "Father of the Bride" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • "King Solomon's Mines" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • "Sunset Blvd." Paramount

Short Subject (Cartoon)

  • "Gerald McBoing-Boing" Stephen Bosustow, Producer
  • "Jerry's Cousin" Fred Quimby, Producer
  • "Trouble Indemnity" Stephen Bosustow, Producer

Short Subject (One-reel)

  • "Blaze Busters" Robert Youngson, Producer
  • "Grandad of Races" Gordon Hollingshead, Producer
  • "Wrong Way Butch" Pete Smith, Producer

Short Subject (Two-reel)

  • "Grandma Moses" Falcon Films, Inc.
  • "In Beaver Valley" Walt Disney, Producer
  • "My Country 'Tis of Thee" Gordon Hollingshead, Producer

Sound Recording

  • "All about Eve" 20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, Thomas T. Moulton, Sound Director
  • "Cinderella" Walt Disney Studio Sound Department, C. O. Slyfield, Sound Director
  • "Louisa" Universal-International Studio Sound Department, Leslie I. Carey, Sound Director
  • "Our Very Own" Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Gordon Sawyer, Sound Director
  • "Trio" Pinewood Studio Sound Department, Cyril Crowhurst, Sound Director

Special Effects

  • "Destination Moon" George Pal Productions
  • "Samson and Delilah" Cecil B. DeMille Productions

Writing (Motion Picture Story)

  • "Bitter Rice" Giuseppe De Santis, Carlo Lizzani
  • "The Gunfighter" William Bowers, Andre de Toth
  • "Mystery Street" Leonard Spigelgass
  • "Panic in the Streets" Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt
  • "When Willie Comes Marching Home" Sy Gomberg

Writing (Screenplay)

  • "All about Eve" Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • "The Asphalt Jungle" Ben Maddow, John Huston
  • "Born Yesterday" Albert Mannheimer
  • "Broken Arrow" Albert Maltz
  • "Father of the Bride" Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett

Writing (Story and Screenplay)

  • "Adam's Rib" Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin
  • "Caged" Virginia Kellogg, Bernard C. Schoenfeld
  • "The Men" Carl Foreman
  • "No Way Out" Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Lesser Samuels
  • "Sunset Blvd." Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D. M. Marshman, Jr.

  • Star indicates a win.