23rd Annual Academy Awards Coverage (1951)

  • Date of Ceremony: Thursday, March 29, 1951
  • For films released in: 1950
  • Location: RKO Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California
  • Host(s): Fred Astaire
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The nominations for the Fred Astaire-hosted 23rd Academy Awards were topped by two films looking at the entertainment world. All About Eve, with its record-breaking 14 nominations examined the New York theater scene, while Sunset Boulevard, with its 11 nods, looked at the life of a fading movie star desperately clinging to her way of life.

All About Eve was actually competing against itself in two categories: Best Actress (Bette Davis and Anne Baxter) and Best Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter).

Heading into the ceremony, the following film(s) had five or more nominations:

  • All About Eve: 14
  • Sunset Blvd.: 11
  • Samson and Delilah: 5
  • Born Yesterday: 5
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