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The 24th Academy Awards (1952) Nominees and Winners

Held at the RKO Pantages Theatre on Thursday, March 20, 1952,
honoring movies released in 1951.

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

The stage at the RKO Pantages Theatre.


  • Humphrey Bogart in "The African Queen"
  • Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
  • Montgomery Clift in "A Place in the Sun"
  • Arthur Kennedy in "Bright Victory"
  • Fredric March in "Death of a Salesman"

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Leo Genn in "Quo Vadis"
  • Kevin McCarthy in "Death of a Salesman"
  • Karl Malden in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
  • Peter Ustinov in "Quo Vadis"
  • Gig Young in "Come Fill the Cup"


  • Katharine Hepburn in "The African Queen"
  • Vivien Leigh in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
  • Eleanor Parker in "Detective Story"
  • Shelley Winters in "A Place in the Sun"
  • Jane Wyman in "The Blue Veil"

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Joan Blondell in "The Blue Veil"
  • Mildred Dunnock in "Death of a Salesman"
  • Lee Grant in "Detective Story"
  • Kim Hunter in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
  • Thelma Ritter in "The Mating Season"

Art Direction (Black-and-White)

  • "Fourteen Hours" Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller; Set Decoration: Thomas Little, Fred J. Rode
  • "House on Telegraph Hill" Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, John DeCuir; Set Decoration: Thomas Little, Paul S. Fox
  • "La Ronde" D'Eaubonne
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" Art Direction: Richard Day; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins
  • "Too Young to Kiss" Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Jack D. Moore

Art Direction (Color)

  • "An American in Paris" Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Preston Ames; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Keogh Gleason
  • "David and Bathsheba" Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, George Davis; Set Decoration: Thomas Little, Paul S. Fox
  • "On the Riviera" Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller; Musical Settings: Joseph C. Wright; Set Decoration: Thomas Little, Walter M. Scott
  • "Quo Vadis" Art Direction: William A. Horning, Cedric Gibbons, Edward Carfagno; Set Decoration: Hugh Hunt
  • "Tales of Hoffmann" Hein Heckroth

Cinematography (Black-and-White)

  • "Death of a Salesman" Frank Planer
  • "The Frogmen" Norbert Brodine
  • "A Place in the Sun" William C. Mellor
  • "Strangers on a Train" Robert Burks
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" Harry Stradling

Cinematography (Color)

  • "An American in Paris" Alfred Gilks; Ballet Photography by John Alton
  • "David and Bathsheba" Leon Shamroy
  • "Quo Vadis" Robert Surtees, William V. Skall
  • "Show Boat" Charles Rosher
  • "When Worlds Collide" John F. Seitz, W. Howard Greene

Costume Design (Black-and-White)

  • "Kind Lady" Walter Plunkett, Gile Steele
  • "The Model and the Marriage Broker" Charles LeMaire, Renie
  • "The Mudlark" Edward Stevenson, Margaret Furse
  • "A Place in the Sun" Edith Head
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" Lucinda Ballard

Costume Design (Color)

  • "An American in Paris" Orry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett, Irene Sharaff
  • "David and Bathsheba" Charles LeMaire, Edward Stevenson
  • "The Great Caruso" Helen Rose, Gile Steele
  • "Quo Vadis" Herschel McCoy
  • "Tales of Hoffmann" Hein Heckroth


  • "The African Queen" John Huston
  • "An American in Paris" Vincente Minnelli
  • "Detective Story" William Wyler
  • "A Place in the Sun" George Stevens
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" Elia Kazan

Documentary (Feature)

  • "I Was a Communist for the F.B.I." Bryan Foy, Producer
  • "Kon-Tiki" Olle Nordemar, Producer

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • "Benjy" "Made by Fred Zinnemann with the cooperation of Paramount Pictures Corporation for the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital"
  • "One Who Came Back" Owen Crump, Producer. (Film sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans, in cooperation with the United States Department of Defense and the Association of Motion Picture Producers)
  • "The Seeing Eye" Gordon Hollingshead, Producer

Film Editing

  • "An American in Paris" Adrienne Fazan
  • "Decision before Dawn" Dorothy Spencer
  • "A Place in the Sun" William Hornbeck
  • "Quo Vadis" Ralph E. Winters
  • "The Well" Chester Schaeffer

Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)

  • "David and Bathsheba" Alfred Newman
  • "Death of a Salesman" Alex North
  • "A Place in the Sun" Franz Waxman
  • "Quo Vadis" Miklos Rozsa
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" Alex North

Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)

  • "Alice in Wonderland" Oliver Wallace
  • "An American in Paris" Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin
  • "The Great Caruso" Peter Herman Adler, Johnny Green
  • "On the Riviera" Alfred Newman
  • "Show Boat" Adolph Deutsch, Conrad Salinger

Music (Song)

  • "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" from "Here Comes the Groom" Music by Hoagy Carmichael; Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
  • "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" from "The Strip" Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and Oscar Hammerstein II
  • "Never" from "Golden Girl" Music by Lionel Newman; Lyrics by Eliot Daniel
  • "Too Late Now" from "Royal Wedding" Music by Burton Lane; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
  • "Wonder Why" from "Rich, Young and Pretty" Music by Nicholas Brodszky; Lyrics by Sammy Cahn

Best Motion Picture

  • "An American in Paris" Arthur Freed, Producer
  • "Decision before Dawn" Anatole Litvak and Frank McCarthy, Producers
  • "A Place in the Sun" George Stevens, Producer
  • "Quo Vadis" Sam Zimbalist, Producer
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" Charles K. Feldman, Producer

Short Subject (Cartoon)

  • "Lambert, the Sheepish Lion" Walt Disney, Producer
  • "Rooty Toot Toot" Stephen Bosustow, Producer
  • "The Two Mouseketeers" Fred Quimby, Producer

Short Subject (One-reel)

  • "Ridin' the Rails" Jack Eaton, Producer
  • "The Story of Time" Robert G. Leffingwell, Producer
  • "World of Kids" Robert Youngson, Producer

Short Subject (Two-reel)

  • "Balzac" Les Films du Compass
  • "Danger under the Sea" Tom Mead, Producer
  • "Nature's Half Acre" Walt Disney, Producer

Sound Recording

  • "Bright Victory" Universal-International Studio Sound Department, Leslie I. Carey, Sound Director
  • "The Great Caruso" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department, Douglas Shearer, Sound Director
  • "I Want You" Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Gordon Sawyer, Sound Director
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" Warner Bros. Studio Sound Department, Col. Nathan Levinson, Sound Director
  • "Two Tickets to Broadway" RKO Radio Studio Sound Department, John O. Aalberg, Sound Director

Special Effects

  • "When Worlds Collide" Paramount

Writing (Motion Picture Story)

  • "Bullfighter and the Lady" Budd Boetticher, Ray Nazarro
  • "The Frogmen" Oscar Millard
  • "Here Comes the Groom" Robert Riskin, Liam O'Brien
  • "Seven Days to Noon" Paul Dehn, James Bernard
  • "Teresa" Alfred Hayes, Stewart Stern

Writing (Screenplay)

  • "The African Queen" James Agee, John Huston
  • "Detective Story" Philip Yordan, Robert Wyler
  • "La Ronde" Max Ophuls, Jacques Natanson
  • "A Place in the Sun" Michael Wilson, Harry Brown
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" Tennessee Williams

Writing (Story and Screenplay)

  • "An American in Paris" Alan Jay Lerner
  • "The Big Carnival" Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, Walter Newman
  • "David and Bathsheba" Philip Dunne
  • "Go for Broke!" Robert Pirosh
  • "The Well" Clarence Greene, Russell Rouse

  • Star indicates a win.