23rd Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1951)

  • Date of Ceremony: Thursday, March 29, 1951
  • For films released in: 1950
  • Host(s): Fred Astaire
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Fred Astaire hosted the 23rd Academy Awards at the RKO Pantage Theatre on Thursday, March 29, 1951.

All About Eve took home six of its record-breaking 14 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, while Sunset Boulevard went home with three awards out of eleven nominations.

An interesting note: Judy Holliday, Jose Ferrer and Josephine Hull all won Oscars® for roles they had previously performed onstage.


Best Motion Picture

  • All About Eve
    20th Century-Fox

Best Directing

  • All About Eve
    Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Best Actor

  • Cyrano de Bergerac
    Jose Ferrer

Best Actress

  • Born Yesterday
    Judy Holliday

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • All About Eve
    George Sanders

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Harvey
    Josephine Hull

Honorary Foreign Language Film Award

  • Walls of Malapaga
    Note: …voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States in 1950.

Best Art Direction (Black-and-White)

  • Sunset Blvd.
    Hans Dreier [Art Direction], John Meehan [Art Direction], Sam Comer [Set Decoration] and Ray Moyer [Set Decoration]

Best Art Direction (Color)

  • Samson and Delilah
    Hans Dreier [Art Direction], Walter Tyler [Art Direction], Sam Comer [Set Decoration] and Ray Moyer [Set Decoration]

Best Cinematography (Black-and-White)

  • The Third Man
    Robert Krasker

Best Cinematography (Color)

  • King Solomon's Mines
    Robert Surtees

Best Costume Design (Black-and-White)

  • All About Eve
    Edith Head and Charles LeMaire

Best Costume Design (Color)

  • Samson and Delilah
    Edith Head, Dorothy Jeakins, Elois Jenssen, Gile Steele and Gwen Wakeling

Best Documentary (Feature)

  • The Titan: Story of Michelangelo
    Robert Snyder

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

  • Why Korea?
    Edmund Reek

Best Film Editing

  • King Solomon's Mines
    Ralph E. Winters and Conrad A. Nervig

Best Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)

  • Sunset Blvd.
    Franz Waxman

Best Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)

  • Annie Get Your Gun
    Adolph Deutsch and Roger Edens

Best Music (Song)

  • Captain Carey, U.S.A. "Mona Lisa"
    Ray Evans [Music and Lyrics by] and Jay Livingston [Music and Lyrics by]

Best Short Subject (Cartoon)

  • Gerald McBoing-Boing
    Stephen Bosustow

Best Short Subject (One-reel)

  • Grandad of Races
    Gordon Hollingshead

Best Short Subject (Two-reel)

  • In Beaver Valley
    Walt Disney

Best Sound Recording

  • All About Eve
    20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department and Thomas T. Moulton [Sound Director]

Best Special Effects

  • Destination Moon
    George Pal Productions

Best Writing (Screenplay)

  • All About Eve
    Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Best Writing (Story and Screenplay)

  • Sunset Blvd.
    Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr.

Best Writing (Motion Picture Story)

  • Panic in the Streets
    Edna Anhalt and Edward Anhalt

Honorary Award

  • George Murphy
    Note: …for his services in interpreting the film industry to the country at large.
  • Louis B. Mayer
    Note: …for distinguished service to the motion picture industry.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

  • Darryl F. Zanuck

Scientific or Technical Award (Class II)

  • James B. Gordon and 20th Century-Fox Studio Camera Department
    Note: …for the design and development of a multiple image film viewer.
  • John P. Livadary, Floyd Campbell, L.W. Russell and Columbia Studio Sound Department
    Note: …for the development of a multi-track magnetic re-recording system.
  • Loren L. Ryder and Paramount Studio Sound Department
    Note: …for the first studio-wide application of magnetic sound recording to motion picture production.
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