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1920-29 + Superlatives Index

1950-54 — Years in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives


1954

  1. Rear Window (dir: Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. Seven Samurai (dir: Akira Kurosawa)
  3. On the Waterfront (dir: Elia Kazan)
  4. Dial "M" For Murder (dir: Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. Senso (dir: Luchino Visconti)
  6. Sansho the Bailiff (dir: Kenji Mizoguchi)
  7. La Strada (dir: Federico Fellini)
  8. A Star is Born (dir: George Cukor)
  9. Carmen Jones (dir: Otto Preminger)
  10. Johnny Guitar (dir: Nicholas Ray)
Thelma Ritter, Grace Kelly and James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

Thelma Ritter, Grace Kelly and James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

Best Picture: Rear Window
Producer: Alfred Hitchcock
US Distributor: Paramount Pictures

(left to right) Alfred Hitchcock on the Rear Window set with Grace Kelly; Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, Giulietta Masina in La Strada, Anthony Quinn in La Strada and Eva Marie Saint in On the Waterfront

(left to right) Alfred Hitchcock on the Rear Window set with Grace Kelly; Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, Giulietta Masina in La Strada, Anthony Quinn in La Strada and Eva Marie Saint in On the Waterfront

Best Director: Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window
Second Place: Akira Kurosaw, Seven Samurai
Third Place: Elia Kazan, On the Waterfront

Best Actor: Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront
Second Place: James Mason, A Star Is Born
Third Place: James Stewart, Rear Window

Best Actress: Giulietta Masina, La Strada
Second Place: Judy Garland, A Star Is Born
Third Place: Alida Valli, Senso

Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn, La Strada
Second Place: Lee J. Cobb, On the Waterfront
Third Place: John Williams, Dial "M" For Murder

Best Supporting Actress: Eva Marie Saint, On the Waterfront
Second Place: Mercedes McCambridge, Johnny Guitar
Third Place: Pearl Bailey, Carmen Jones

(left to right) On the Waterfront, Senso, Rear Window, Seven Samurai

(left to right) On the Waterfront, Senso, Rear Window, Seven Samurai

Best Original Screenplay: Budd Schulberg, On the Waterfront
Second Place: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni, Seven Samurai
Third Place: Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flajano, La Strada

Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, and Luchino Visconti, Senso
Second Place: Frederick Knott, Dial "M" For Murder
Third Place: Roberto Rossellini and Vitaliano Brancoti, Journey to Italy

Best Cinematography: Robert Burks, Rear Window
Second Place: Russell Metty, Magnificent Obsession
Third Place: Boris Kaufman, On the Waterfront

Best Film Editing: Akira Kurosawa, Seven Samurai
Second Place: George Tomasini, Rear Window
Third Place: Rudi Fehr, Dial "M" For Murder

Best Original Score: Leonard Bernstein, On the Waterfront
Second Place: Franz Waxman, Rear Window
Third Place: Nino Rota, La Strada

Best Production Design: Joseph MacMillan Johnson and Hal Pereira, Rear Window
Second Place: Harper Goff and Emile Kuri, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Third Place: Ottavio Scotti and Gino Brosio, Senso

Best Costume Design: Marcel Escoffier and Piero Tosi, Senso
Second Place: Shima Yoshizane, Sansho the Bailiff
Third Place: Jean Louis and Mary Ann Nyberg, A Star Is Born

Best Ensemble Cast: On the Waterfront (dir: Elia Kazan; in alphabetical order): Marlon Brando, Lee J. Cobb, Lief Erickson, Tony Galento, John Hamilton, Pat Henning, Karl Malden, Tami Mauriello, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger and James Westerfield

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award: Kaneto Shindo, Children of Hiroshima


1953

  1. Tokyo Story (dir: Yasujiro Ozu)
  2. El (dir: Luis Buñuel)
  3. The Wages of Fear (dir: Henri-Georges Cluozot)
  4. The Big Heat (dir: Fritz Lang)
  5. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (dir: Jacques Tati)
  6. Ugetsu (dir: Kenji Mizoguchi)
  7.  Madame de... (dir: Max Ophuls)
  8. The Brute (dir: Luis Buñuel)
  9. Pickup on South Street (dir: Samuel Fuller)
  10. The Naked Spur (dir: Anthony Mann)
Chishû Ryû and Chieko Higashiyama in Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story

Chishû Ryû and Chieko Higashiyama in Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story

Best Picture: Tokyo Story
Producer: Takeshi Yamamoto
US Distributor: New Yorker Films

(left to right) Yasujiro Ozu on a 1950s set; Glenn Ford in The Big Heat, Katy Jurado in The Brute, and Chishu Ryu (right) and Setsuko Hara (left) in Tokyo Story

(left to right) Yasujiro Ozu on a 1950s set; Glenn Ford in The Big Heat, Katy Jurado in The Brute, and Chishu Ryu (right) and Setsuko Hara (left) in Tokyo Story

Best Director: Yasujiro Ozu, Tokyo Story
Second Place: Henri-Georges Cluouzot, Wages of Fear
Third Place: Luis Buñuel, El 

Best Actor: Glenn Ford, The Big Heat
Second Place: Alan Ladd, Shane
Third Place: James Stewart, The Naked Spur

Best Actress: Katy Jurado, The Brute
Second Place: Harriett Andersson, Summer with Monika
Third Place: Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday

Best Supporting Actor: Chishû Ryû, Tokyo Story
Second Place: Lee Marvin, The Big Heat
Third Place: Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity

Best Supporting Actress: Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story
Second Place: Gloria Grahame, The Big Heat
Third Place: Kyoko Kagawa, Tokyo Story

(left to right) Tokyo Story, El, The Wages of Fear, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, Madame de..., How to Marry a Millionaire (dir: Howard Hawks)

(left to right) Tokyo Story, El, The Wages of Fear, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, Madame de..., How to Marry a Millionaire (dir: Howard Hawks)

Best Original Screenplay: Yasujiro Ozu and Kogo Noda, Tokyo Story
Second Place: Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza, The Brute
Third Place: Dwight Taylor and Samuel Fuller, Pickup on South Street

Best Adapted Screenplay: Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza, El
Second Place: Sidney Boehem, The Big Heat
Third Place: Matsurao Kawaguchi, Yoshikata Yoda and Hisakazu Tsuji, Ugetsu

Best Cinematography: Armand Thirard, The Wages of Fear
Second Place: Charles B. Lang, The Big Heat
Third Place: Joe MacDonald, Pickup on South Street

Best Film Editing: Madeleine Gug, Etiennette Muse, and Henri Rust, The Wages of Fear
Second Place: George White, The Naked Spur
Third Place: Suzanne Baron, Charles Bretoneiche and Jacques Grassi, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

Best Original Score: Alain Romans, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday
Second Place: George Duning, From Here to Eternity
Third Place: Alfred Newman, The Robe

Best Production Design: Jeane d'Eaubonne, Madame de...
Second Place: George Davis, Lyle Wheeler, Paul S. Fox, Walter Scott, The Robe
Third Place: Hal Pereira and Walter Tyler, Roman Holiday

Best Costume Design: William Travilla, How to Marry a Millionaire
Second Place: Georges Annekov and Rosine Delamare, The Earrings of Madame de...
Third Place: Shima Yoshizane, Gate of Hell

Best Ensemble Cast: The Big Heat (dir: Fritz Lang; in alphabetical order): William Bouchey, Jocelyn Brando, Robert Burton, Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Alexander Scourby, Peter Whitney and Adam Williams

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award: Stanley Kubrick, Fear and Desire


1952

  1. Los Olvidados (dir: Luis Buñuel)
  2. The Life of Oharu (dir: Kenji Mizoguchi)
  3. Le Plaisir (dir: Max Ophüls)
  4. Singin’ in the Rain (dir: Stanley Donan and Gene Kelly)
  5. Umberto D (dir: Vittorio De Sica)
  6. Forbidden Games (dir: Rene Clement)
  7. Limelight (dir: Charles Chaplin)
  8. Europa '51 (dir: Roberto Rossellini)
  9. Sudden Fear (dir: David Miller)
  10. The Lusty Men (dir: Nicholas Ray)
Estela Inda in Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados

Estela Inda in Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados

Best Picture: Los Olvidados
Producer: Oscar Dancigers, Sergio Kogan, Jaime A. Menasce
US Distributor: Azteca Films (in Spanish) and Arthur Meyer-Edward Kingsley

(left to right) Luis Bunuel on the set of Los Olvidados; Charles Chaplin in Limelight, Joan Crawford in Sudden Fear, Arthur Kennedy and Susan Hayward in The Lusty Men and Simone Simon in Le Plaisir.

(left to right) Luis Bunuel on the set of Los Olvidados; Charles Chaplin in Limelight, Joan Crawford in Sudden Fear, Arthur Kennedy and Susan Hayward in The Lusty Men and Simone Simon in Le Plaisir.

Best Director: Luis Buñuel, Los Olvidados
Second Place: Max Ophuls, Le Plaisir
Third Place: Kenji Mizoguchi, The Life of Oharu

Best Actor: Charles Chaplin, Limelight
Second Place: Carlo Battista, Umberto D
Third Place: Takashi Shimura, Ikiru

Best Actress: Joan Crawford, Sudden Fear
Second Place: Judy Holliday, The Marrying Kind
Third Place: Julie Harris, The Member of the Wedding

Best Supporting Actor: Arthur Kennedy, The Lusty Men
Second Place: Jack Palance, Sudden Fear
Third Place: Anthony Quinn, Viva Zapata!

Best Supporting Actress: Simone Simon, Le Plaisir
Second Place: Katy Jurado, High Noon
Third Place: Gloria Grahame, The Bad and the Beautiful

(left to right) Europa '51, The Life of Oharu, Los Olvidados,  Singin' in the Rain, Limelight, The Quiet Man (dir: John Ford), Le Plaisir

(left to right) Europa '51, The Life of Oharu, Los Olvidados,  Singin' in the Rain, Limelight, The Quiet Man (dir: John Ford), Le Plaisir

Best Original Screenplay: Roberto Rossellini, Sandro De Feo, Mario Pannunzio, Ivo Perrilli, Brunello Rondo and Federico Fellini, Europa '51 
Second Place: Martin Goldsmith and Jack Leonard, The Narrow Margin
Third Place: Cesare Zavattini, Umberto D.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Kenji Mizoguchi and Yoshikata Yoda, The Life of Oharu
Second Place: Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost and Francois Boyer, Forbidden Games
Third Place: Jean Sacha and Orson Welles, Othello

Best Cinematography: Gabriel Figueroa, Los Olvidados
Second Place: Charles B. Lang, Sudden Fear
Third Place: Robert Julliard, Forbidden Games

Best Film Editing: Adrienne Fazan, Singin' in the Rain
Second Place: Leonide Azar, Le Plaisir
Third Place: Carlos Savage, Los Olvidados

Best Original Score: Charles Chaplin, Ray Rasch, and Larry Russell, Limelight
Second Place: Dimitri Tiomkin, High Noon
Third Place: Victor Young, The Quiet Man

Best Production Design: Frank Hotaling, John McCarthy Jr., and Charles Thompson, The Quiet Man
Second Place: Paul Sheriff and Marcel Vertes, Moulin Rouge
Third Place: John De Cuir, Lyle Wheeler and Walter Scott, My Cousin Rachel

Best Costume Design: Georges Annekov, Le Plaisir
Second Place: Julia Squire, Moulin Rouge
Third Place: Dorothy Jeakins, My Cousin Rachel

Best Ensemble Cast: The Bad and the Beautiful (dir: Vincente Minnelli; in alphabetical order): Vanessa Brown, Leo G. Carroll, Kirk Douglas, Gloria Grahame, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Gilbert Roland, Barry Sullivan and Lana Turner

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award:Federico Fellini, The White Sheik


1951

  1. Rashomon (dir: Akira Kurosawa)
  2. A Place in the Sun (dir: George Stevens)
  3. The Prowler (dir: Joseph Losey)
  4. Alice in Wonderland (dir: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske)
  5. The Day the Earth Stood Still (dir: Robert Wise)
  6. Ace in the Hole (dir: Billy Wilder)
  7. Strangers on a Train (dir: Alfred Hitchcock)
  8. A Streetcar Named Desire (dir: Elia Kazan)
  9. Early Summer (dir: Yosujiro Ozu)
  10. The Lavender Hill Mob (dir: Charles Chrichton)
Machiko Kyo, Toshiro Mifune and Masayuki Mori in Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon

Machiko Kyo, Toshiro Mifune and Masayuki Mori in Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon

Best Picture: Rashomon
Producer: Minoru Jingo
US Distributor: RKO Pictures

(left to right) Akira Kurosawa on the set of Rashomon, Kirtk Douglas in Ace in the Hole, Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire, Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train and Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun

(left to right) Akira Kurosawa on the set of Rashomon, Kirtk Douglas in Ace in the Hole, Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire, Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train and Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun

Best Director: Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon
Second Place: George Stevens, A Place in the Sun
Third Place: Joseph Losey, The Prowler

Best Actor: Kirk Douglas, Ace in the Hole
Second Place: Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire
Third Place: Van Heflin, The Prowler

Best Actress: Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire
Second Place: Setsuko Hara, Early Summer
Third Place: Shelley Winters, A Place in the Sun

Best Supporting Actor: Robert Walker, Strangers on a Train
Second Place: Karl Malden, A Streetcar Named Desire
Third Place: Stanley Holloway, The Lavender Hill Mob

Best Supporting Actress: Elizabeth Taylor, A Place in the Sun
Second Place: Kim Hunter, A Streetcar Named Desire
Third Place: Lee Grant, Detective Story

(left to right) Ace in the Hole, Roshomon, A Place in the Sun, Strangers on a Train, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Tales of Hoffman (dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)

(left to right) Ace in the Hole, Roshomon, A Place in the Sun, Strangers on a Train, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Tales of Hoffman (dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)

Best Original Screenplay: Dalton Trumbo, Hugo Butler, Hans Whilhelm and Robert Thoeren, The Prowler
Second Place: T.E.B. Clarke, The Lavender Hill Mob
Third Place: Kogu Noda and Yasujiro Ozu, Early Summer

Best Adapted Screenplay: Akira Kurosawa and Shinobu Hashimoto, Rashomon
Second Place: Robert Bresson, Diary of a Country Priest
Third Place: Michael Wilson and Harry Brown, A Place in the Sun

Best Cinematography: William C. Mellor, A Place in the Sun
Second Place: Christopher Challis, The Tales of Hoffman
Third Place: John Alton and Al Gilks, An American in Paris

Best Film Editing: William Ziegler, Strangers on a Train
Second Place: Arthur Schmidt, Ace in the Hole
Third Place: Lloyd Richardson, Alice in Wonderland

Best Original Score: Bernard Hermann, The Day the Earth Stood Still
Second Place: Dimitri Tiomkin, Strangers on a Train
Third Place: Alex North, A Streetcar Named Desire

Best Production Design: Hein Heckroth and Arthur Lawson, The Tales of Hoffman
Second Place: Addison Hehr, Lyle Wheeler, Claude Carpenter, Thomas Little, The Day the Earth Stood Still
Third Place: Guido Fiorini, Miracle in Milan

Best Costume Design: Hein Heckroth, The Tales of Hoffman
Second Place: Edith Head, A Place in the Sun
Third Place: Herschel McCoy, Quo Vadis

Best Ensemble Cast: A Streetcar Named Desire (dir: Elia Kazan; in alphabetical order): Rudy Bond, Marlon Brando, Nick Dennis, Peg Hillias, Kim Hunter, Vivien Leigh and Karl Malden

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award: Stanley Donen, Royal Wedding


1950

  1. Sunset Boulevard (dir: Billy Wilder)
  2. In A Lonely Place (dir: Nicholas Ray)
  3. Stromboli (dir: Roberto Rossellini)
  4. Where the Sidewalk Ends (dir: Otto Preminger)
  5. The Asphalt Jungle (dir: John Huston)
  6. All About Eve (dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  7. The Furies (dir: Anthony Mann)
  8. La Ronde (dir: Max Öphuls)
  9. Gun Crazy (dir: Joseph Lewis)
  10. Night and the City (dir: Jules Dassin)

  

Erich von Stronheim, William Holden and Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard

Erich von Stronheim, William Holden and Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard

Best Picture: Sunset Boulevard
Producer: Charles Brackett
US Distributor: Paramount Pictures

(left to right) Billy Wilder and Gloria Swanson on the set of Sunset Boulevard; Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place, Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, Jack Palance in Elia Kazan's Panic in the Streets and Danielle Darrieux in La Ronde

(left to right) Billy Wilder and Gloria Swanson on the set of Sunset Boulevard; Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place, Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, Jack Palance in Elia Kazan's Panic in the Streets and Danielle Darrieux in La Ronde

Best Director: Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard
Second Place: Roberto Rossellini, Stromboli
Third Place: Nicholas Ray, In a Lonely Place

Best Actor: Humphrey Bogart, In a Lonely Place
Second Place: William Holden, Sunset Boulevard
Third Place: John Dall, Gun Crazy

Best Actress: Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard
Second Place: Bette Davis, All About Eve
Third Place: Peggy Cummins, Gun Crazy

Best Supporting Actor: Jack Palance, Panic in the Streets
Second Place: Erich von Stroheim, Sunset Boulevard
Third Place: George Sanders, All About Eve

Best Supporting Actress: Danielle Darrieux, La Ronde
Second Place: Thelma Ritter, All About Eve
Third Place: Joan Bennett, Father of the Bride

(left to right) All About Eve, The Asphalt Jungle, Stromboli, Sunset Boulevard, The Furies

(left to right) All About Eve, The Asphalt Jungle, Stromboli, Sunset Boulevard, The Furies

Best Original Screenplay: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, All About Eve
Second Place: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and D.M. Marshman, Jr., Sunset Boulevard
Third Place: Richard Murphy, Daniel Fuchs, Edna Anhalt and Edward Anhalt, Panic in the Streets

Best Adapted Screenplay: John Huston and Ben Maddow, The Asphalt Jungle
Second Place: Andrew Solt, Edmund H. North and Dorothy Hughes, In a Lonely Place
Third Place: Ben Hecht, Victor Trivas, Frank P. Rosenberg, Robert E. Kent, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Best Cinematography: Otello Martelli, Stromboli
Second Place: John Seitz, Sunset Boulevard
Third Place: Harold Rosson, The Asphalt Jungle

Best Film Editing: Arthur Schmidt, Sunset Boulevard
Second Place: Nick De Maggio and Sidney Stone, Night and the City
Third Place: Harry Gerstad, Gun Crazy

Best Original Score: Franz Waxman, Sunset Boulevard
Second Place: Miklos Rozsa, The Asphalt Jungle
Third Place: Franz Waxman, The Furies

Best Production Design: Hans Dreier and John Meehan, Sunset Boulevard
Second Place: Henry Burnstead, Hans Dreier, Sam Comer and Bertram Granger, The Furies
Third Place: Ernst Fegte and George Sawley, Destination Moon

Best Costume Design: Edith Head, The Furies
Second Place: Edward Stevenson, Cheaper by the Dozen
Third Place: Edith Head and Charles Le Maire, All About Eve

Best Ensemble Cast: All About Eve (dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz; in alphabetical order): Barbara Bates, Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Celeste Holm, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Ratoff, George Sanders and Thelma Ritter

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award: Richard Brooks, Crisis


the year-end project: 2016,
20152014201320122011, 20102009200820072006200520042003
20022001
200019991998199719961995199419931992, 199119901989,
1988198719861985198419831982198119801975-791970-19741965-69
1960-641955-59, 1950-54..., 1940-491930-1939
1920-29 + Superlatives Index