Best Picture Nominees: 1950

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All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Won Best Picture
Stage star Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is friend to playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe) and his wife Karen (Celeste Holm), in love with director Bill Samson (Gary Merrill), and the idol of Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), who becomes her secretary-aide. Eve begins to dominate: she sends Bill Margo's birthday wishes and arranges a party for him, at which point Margo explodes. Eve becomes Margo's understudy, and when Margo misses a performance, critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) gives her rave reviews while making acerbic remarks about aging actresses like Margo. At Margo and Bill's engagement party, Eve tries to force Karen to get her the lead in Lloyd's new play. Margo tells Lloyd she is going to retire. Eve gets the part, but Addison reveals to her he knows the lies and schemes she used to get where she is.




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Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder)
Nominated Best Picture
IMDb Highest Rated
Solonor's Pick
Joe Gillis (William Holden) is floating face down in a swimming pool as the homicide squad arrives. As narrator, Joe takes us back six months when, unable to sell a script or to borrow money from anyone, he pulled into 10086 Sunset Boulevard to hide from men who wanted to repossess his car. The owner of the mansion is Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), faded star of the silent era. Under the illusion that millions of fans still adore her, Norma is planning a comeback playing the lead in her own screenplay "Salome". When she finds out Joe is a writer, she wants him to help her with the script. He moves in, becoming a kept man and the object of her obsessive affection. Meantime, Joe runs into Betty (Nancy Olson), the script reader who originally rejected his efforts and would now like to collaborate with him. Norma, now jealous as well as possessive and ambitious, receives a call from Paramount which she believes will soon having her working again with Cecil B. DeMille. The studio only wants the loan of her leopard-upholstered Isotta-Fraschini touring car. When Joe walks out on her, she fires a pistol at him as he walks toward the pool, and we are back where we came in. Norma must face the (newsreel) cameras one last time.




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Born Yesterday (George Cukor)
Nominated Best Picture
Uncouth, loud-mouthed junkyard tycoon, Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford), descends upon Washington, D.C., to buy himself a congressman or two. He brings with him his mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn (Judy Holliday). Brock hires newspaperman Paul Verrall (William Holden) to see if he can soften her rough edges and make her more presentable in capital society. But Harry gets more than he bargained for as Billie absorbs Verall's lessons in U.S. history and not only comes to the realization that Harry is nothing but a two-bit, corrupt crook, but in the process falls in love with her handsome tutor.




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Father of the Bride (Vincente Minnelli)
Nominated Best Picture
Proud father Stanley Banks (Spencer Tracy) remembers the day his daughter, Kay (Elizabeth Taylor), got married. Starting when she announces her engagement through to the wedding itself, we learn of all the surprises and disasters along the way.




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King Solomon's Mines (Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton)
Nominated Best Picture
Guide Allan Quartermain (Stewart Granger) helps a young lady (Deborah Kerr) find her lost husband somewhere in Africa. It's a spectacular adventure story with romance, because while they fight with wild animals and cannibals they fall in love.




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Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)
In ancient Japan, a woman is raped and her husband killed. The film gives us four viewpoints of the incident--one for each defendant--each revealing a little more detail. Which version, if any, is the real truth about what happened? Rashomon is a Japanese crime drama, that is produced with both philosophical and psychological overtones.




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Harvey (Henry Koster)
A middle aged drunk, Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) has been driving his sister and niece wild by introducing everyone he meets to his pal Harvey. Harvey is a big white rabbit, six feet three and a half inches tall, which only Elwood (and occasionally his sister when she's feeling odd) can see. The sister, Veta Louise Simmons (Josephine Hull), tries to have Elwood committed to Chumley's Rest sanatorium, but they let Elwood out and lock her up. After sorting out the mistake, Dr Chumley (Cecil Kellaway) goes after Elwood himself.




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The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston)
'Doc' Riedenschneider (Sam Jaffe), legendary crime 'brain' just out of prison, has a brilliant plan for a million-dollar burglary. To pull it off, he recruits safecracker Louis (Anthony Caruso), driver Gus (James Whitmore), financial backer Emmerich (Louis Calhern), and strong-arm man Dix Handley (Sterling Hayden). At first the plan goes like clockwork, but little accidents accumulate, and each partner proves to have his own fatal weakness. In the background is a pervasive, grimy urban malaise. Also stars Marilyn Monroe.




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Cinderella (Clyde Geronimi and Wilfrid Jackson)
Disney's animated retelling of the fairy tale. Cinderella (Ilene Woods), adopted daughter of an upper-class lady, is made a slave in her own home. While her mother and ugly stepsisters are out at the royal ball she gets a surprise visit from her fairy godmother.



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Best Picture: 1950
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All About Eve
Sunset Boulevard
Born Yesterday
Father of the Bride
King Solomon's Mines
Rashomon
Harvey
The Asphalt Jungle
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