Best Picture Nominees: 1948

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Hamlet (Laurence Olivier)
Won Best Picture
Classic Shakespeare by a classic actor. Hamlet (Laurence Olivier) seeks to avenge his father's death at the hands of his uncle, Claudius (Basil Sydney), who has married his mother, Gertrude (Eileen Herlie), and is now King of Denmark.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston)
Nominated Best Picture
IMDb Highest Rated
Solonor's Pick
Badges? We don't need no stinking badges?

Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Bob Curtin (Tim Holt) meet up in Mexico and go to work for a contractor, Pat McCormick (Barton MacLane), who takes them away to remote site and tells them they will be paid when the job is finished. When they are finished, they return to town to find MacClane to get their wages. MacClane gives them a few dollars and says he'll just go to the bank and pick up the payroll for them. Dobbs and Curtin then meet up with an old prospector (Walter Huston), who claims the hills are still full of gold, and if they can get the cash, he'll go with them. They eventually get the cash from MacClane after a little "persuasion", and all three set off for the hills as good friends. But the lure of the gold and threats from bandits and Indians test that friendship, with Dobbs especially paranoid.

The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
Nominated Best Picture
From the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Under the authoritarian rule of charismatic ballet impressario Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook), his proteges realize the full promise of their talents--but at a price: utter devotion to their art and complete loyalty to Lermontov. Under his obsessive guidance, young ballerina Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) is poised for superstardom, but earns Lermontov's scorn when she falls in love with Julian Craster (Marius Goring), composer of "The Red Shoes"--the ballet Lermontov is staging to showcase her talents. Vicky leaves the company and marries Craster, but still finds herself torn between Lermontov's demands and those of her heart.

Johnny Belinda (Jean Negulesco)
Nominated Best Picture
In a small fishing village on the island of Cape Breton, Dr. Robert Richardson (Lew Ayres) takes an interest in a sweet, deaf mute named Belinda (Jane Wyman). He teaches her sign language and lip reading, and she soon falls in love with him. When Belinda is left alone one night, she is raped by the town bully, Locky MacCormick (Stephen McNally). When Robert takes her to see a doctor, it is discovered she is pregnant. Local gossip naturally is that Robert is the baby's father. The townspeople meet and decide Belinda is unable to care for the child, so they decide Locky and his wife, Stella (Jan Sterling), should take custody. When they come to take the baby, Belinda shoots Locky and is placed on trial for murder.

The Snake Pit (Anatole Litvak)
Nominated Best Picture
Virginia Cunningham (Olivia de Havilland) finds herself in a state insane asylum and can't remember how she got there. In flashback, her husband, Robert (Mark Stevens), relates their courtship, marriage, and her developing symptoms. The asylum staff are not demonized, but fear, ignorance and regimentation keep Virginia in a state of misery, as pipesmoking Dr. Mark Kick (Leo Genn) struggles through wheels within wheels to find the root of her problem. Then a relapse plunges Virginia back into the harrowing 'Snake Pit'.

Red River (Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson)
Tom Dunson (John Wayne) builds a cattle empire with his adopted son, Matthew Garth (Montgomery Clift). Together, they begin a massive cattle drive north from Texas to the Missouri railhead. But on the way, new information and Dunson's tyrannical ways cause Matthew to take the herd away from Dunson and head to a new railhead in Kansas. Dunson, swearing vengeance, pursues.

Key Largo (John Huston)
Frank (Humphrey Bogart) visits a rundown hotel, run by crippled James Temple (Lionel Barrymore) and his daughter-in-law Nora (Lauren Bacall), widow of Frank's friend from the war. The hotel has been taken over by Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) and his gang. Frank is indifferent at first, but Rocco's treatment of his alcoholic mistress, Gaye (Claire Trevor), and his murder of two Indians, convinces Frank that Rocco must be stopped. His only chance comes when Rocco forces Frank to pilot the gang's boat toward Cuba.

Rope (Alfred Hitchcock)
Brandon and Philip (John Dall and Farley Granger) are two young men who share a New York apartment. They consider themselves intellectually superior to their friend David Kentley (Dick Hogan), and they decide to murder him. Together, they strangle David with a rope, and placing the body in an old chest, they proceed to hold a small party. The guests include David's father (Cedric Hardwicke), his fiancée Janet (Joan Chandler) and their old schoolteacher, Rupert (James Stewart), from whom they mistakenly took their ideas.

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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Red Shoes
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