the year-ends project: 
2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, 20102009
20082007200620052004200320022001200019991998
199719961995199419931992, 199119901989198819871986
1985198419831982198119801979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 19751970-1974
1965-69,  1960-641955-59, 1950-54..., 1940-49
1930-19391920-29 + Superlatives Index

1954 — Year in Review
Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. Rear Window (dir: Alfred Hitchcock)

  2. The Wages of Fear (dir: Henri-Georges Cluozot; US Release Date)

  3. On the Waterfront (dir: Elia Kazan)

  4. Crime Wave (dir: Andre De Toth)

  5. Senso (dir: Luchiano Visconti)

  6. The Crucified Lovers (dir: Kenji Mizoguchi)

  7. Carmen Jones (dir: Otto Preminger)

  8. Madame de... (dir: Max Ophuls; US Release Date)

  9. Dial M For Murder (dir: Alfred Hitchcock)

  10. An Inspector Calls (dir: Guy Hamilton)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Godzilla (dir: Ishiro Honda), Johnny Guitar (dir: Nicholas Ray), La Strada (dir: Federico Fellini), Magnificent Obsession (dir: Douglas Sirk), Salt of the Earth (dir: Herbert J. Biberman), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (dir: Stanley Donen), A Star is Born (dir: George Cukor), and Suddenly (dir: Lewis Allen)

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
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Producer: Alfred Hitchcock
US Distributor: Paramount Pictures


Alfred Hitchcock (center) with Grace Kelly (left) and James Stewart (right) on the  Rear Window  set

Alfred Hitchcock (center) with Grace Kelly (left) and James Stewart (right) on the Rear Window set

Best Director:
1. Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window AND Dial M for Murder

2. Henri-Georges Clouzot, The Wages of Fear
3. Elia Kazan, On the Waterfront
4. Luchiano Visconti, Senso
5. Andre De Toth, Crime Wave


Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan’s  On the Waterfront

Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront

Best Actor:
1. Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront

2. Sterling Hayden, Crime Wave
3. James Stewart, Rear Window
4. Alastair Sim, An Inspector Calls
5. Anthony Quinn, La Strada


James Mason and Judy Garland in George Cukor’s  A Star Is Born

James Mason and Judy Garland in George Cukor’s A Star Is Born

Best Actress:
1. Judy Garland, A Star Is Born

2. Giulietta Masina, La Strada
3. Grace Kelly, Dial M for Murder
4. Dorothy Dandridge, Carmen Jones
5. Jane Wyman, Magnificent Obsession


Charles Vanel in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s  Wages of Fear

Charles Vanel in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Wages of Fear

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Charles Vanel, The Wages of Fear

2. Lee J. Cobb, On the Waterfront
3. Karl Malden, On the Waterfront
4. John Williams, Dial M For Murder
5. Rod Steiger, On the Waterfront


Eva Marie Saint in Elia Kazan’s  On the Waterfront

Eva Marie Saint in Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Eva Marie Saint, On the Waterfront

2. Mercedes McCambridge, Johnny Guitar
3. Pearl Bailey, Carmen Jones
4. Thelma Ritter, Rear Window
5. Nina Foch, Executive Suite


Rod Steiger and Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan’s  On the Waterfront

Rod Steiger and Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront

Best Original Screenplay:
1. On the Waterfront — Budd Schulberg
2. La Strada — Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, and Ennio Flaiano
3. Salt of the Earth — Michael Wilson
4. The Far Country — Borden Chase
5. Suddenly — Richard Sale


Danielle Darrieaux in Max Ophüls’  Madame de…

Danielle Darrieaux in Max Ophüls’ Madame de…

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Madame de... — Marcel Achard, Max Ophüls, and Annette Wademant

2. The Crucified Lovers — Matsutaro Kawaguchi and Yoshikata Yoda
3. Crime Wave — Crane Wilbur, Bernard Gordon, and Richard Wormser
4. Johnny Guitar — Philip Yordan
5. Rear Window — John Michael Hayes


Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s  Rear Window

Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Best Cinematography:
1.
 Rear Window — Robert Burks
2. Senso — G.R. Aldo and Robert Krasker
3. On the Waterfront — Boris Kaufman
4. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers — George Folsey
5. Magnificent Obsession — Russell Metty


Yves Montand and Charles Vanel in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s  Wages of Fear

Yves Montand and Charles Vanel in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Wages of Fear

Best Film Editing: 
1. The Wages of Fear — Madeleine Gug, Etiennette Muse, and Henri Rust
2. Rear Window — George Tomasini
3. Dial M for Murder — Rudi Fehr
4. On the Waterfront — Gene Milford
5. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers — Ralph E. Winters


Karl Malden and Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan’s  On the Waterfront

Karl Malden and Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront

Best Original Score:
1. On the Waterfront — Leonard Bernstein
2. Rear Window — Franz Waxman
3. The High and the Mighty — Dimitri Tiompkin
4. La Strada — Nino Rota
5. Wages of Fear — Georges Auric


Georgia Darcy in Alfred Hitchcock’s  Rear Window

Georgia Darcy in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Best Production Design:
1. Rear Window — Joseph MacMillan Johnson and Hal Pereira
2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea — Harper Goff and Emile Kuri
3. Madame de... — Jeane d'Eaubonne
4. Senso — Ottavio Scotti and Gino Brosio
5. The Egyptian — Lyle Wheeler, George W. Davis, Paul S. Fox and Walter M. Scott


Alido Valli and Farley Granger in Luchino Visconti’s  Senso

Alido Valli and Farley Granger in Luchino Visconti’s Senso

Best Costume Design:
1.
Senso — Marcel Escoffier and Piero Tosi
2. Sabrina — Edith Head
3. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers — Walter Plunkett and Charles Arrico
4. Carmen Jones — Mary Ann Nyberg
5. Desiree — Rene Hubert and Charles Le Maire


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

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award:
Jon Halas and Joy Batchelor, Animal Farm


the year-ends project: 
2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, 20102009
20082007200620052004200320022001200019991998
199719961995199419931992, 199119901989198819871986
1985198419831982198119801979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 19751970-1974
1965-69,  1960-641955-59, 1950-54..., 1940-49
1930-19391920-29 + Superlatives Index

1953 — Year in Review
Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. Tokyo Story (dir: Yasujiro Ozu)

  2. The Big Heat (dir: Fritz Lang)

  3. Roman Holiday (dir: William Wyler)

  4. The Naked Spur (dir: Anthony Mann)

  5. Pickup on South Street (dir: Samuel Fuller)

  6. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (dir: Howard Hawks)

  7. The Moon Is Blue (dir: Otto Preminger)

  8. The Bigamist (dir: Ida Lupino)

  9. Shane (dir: George Stevens)

  10. The Band Wagon (dir: Vincente Minnelli)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (dir: Roy Rowland), Beat the Devil (dir: John Huston), From Here to Eternity (dir: Fred Zinnemann), Gate of Hell (dir: Teinosuke Kinugasa), House of Wax (dir: Andre De Toth), The Little Fugitive (dir: Morris Engel, Ray Ashley and Ruth Orkin), Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (dir: Jacques Tati), and Ugetsu (dir: Kenji Mizoguchi)

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
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Producer: Takeshi Yamamoto
US Distributor: New Yorker Films


Yasujiro Ozu on the set of  Tokyo Story

Yasujiro Ozu on the set of Tokyo Story

Best Director:
1. Yasujiro Ozu, Tokyo Story
2. William Wyler, Roman Holiday
3. Anthony Mann, The Naked Spur
4. Fritz Lang, The Big Heat
5. Howard Hawks, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


Chishû Ryû and Setsuko Hara in Yasujiro Ozu’s  Tokyo Story

Chishû Ryû and Setsuko Hara in Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story

Best Actor:
1. Chishû Ryû, Tokyo Story

2. Glenn Ford, The Big Heat
3. James Stewart, The Naked Spur
4. Alan Ladd, Shane
5. William Holden, Stalag 17


Setsuko Hara in Yasujiro Ozu’s  Tokyo Story

Setsuko Hara in Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story

Best Actress: 
1. Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story

2. Maggie McNamara, The Moon Is Blue
3. Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday
4. Cyd Charisse, The Band Wagon
5. Jean Arthur, Shane


Robert Ryan in Anthony Mann’s  Naked Spur

Robert Ryan in Anthony Mann’s Naked Spur

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Robert Ryan, The Naked Spur

2. Jack Palance, Shane
3. Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity
4. Hans Conreid, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
5. Lee Marvin, The Big Heat


Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford in Fritz Lang’s  Big Heat

Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford in Fritz Lang’s Big Heat

Best Supporting Actress:
1.
Gloria Grahame, The Big Heat
2. Joan Fontaine, The Bigamist
3. Janet Leigh, The Naked Spur
4. Kyoko Kagawa, Tokyo Story
5. Thelma Ritter, Pickup on South Street;


Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in William Wyler’s  Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in William Wyler’s Roman Holiday

Best Original Screenplay: 
1. Roman Holiday — Dalton Trombo, Ian McLellan Hunter and John Dighton
2. Tokyo Story — Yasujiro Ozu and Kogo Noda
3. Pickup on South Street — Dwight Taylor and Samuel Fuller
4. The Naked Spur — Sam Rolfe and Harold Jack Bloom
5. The Little Fugitive — Morris Engel, Ray Ashley and Ruth Orkin


Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Howard Hawks’  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Howard Hawks’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Best Adapted Screenplay: 
1. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes — Charles Lederer
2. The Big Heat Sidney Boehem
3. Shane — A.B. Guthrie Jr. and Jack Sher
4. The Moon Is Blue — F. Hugh Herbert
5. From Here to Eternity — Daniel Taradash


George Stevens’  Shane

George Stevens’ Shane

Best Cinematography: 
1. Shane — Loyal Griggs
2. The Band Wagon — Henry Jackson and George J. Folsey
3. The Naked Spur — William C. Mellor
4. The Big Heat — Charles B. Lang
5. Pickup on South Street — Joe MacDonald


Janet Leigh in Anthony Mann’s  Naked Spur

Janet Leigh in Anthony Mann’s Naked Spur

Best Film Editing: 
1. The Naked Spur — George White
2. The Band Wagon — Albert Akst and George White
3.Shane — William Hornbeck and Tom McAdoo
4. The War of the Worlds — Everett Douglas
5. From Here to Eternity — William Lyon


George Stevens’  Shane

George Stevens’ Shane

Best Original Score: 
1. Shane — Victor Young
2. From Here to Eternity — George Duning
3. The Robe — George Duning
4. Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday — Alain Romans
5. The Naked Spur — Bronislau Kaper


Cyd Charisse in Vincente Minnelli’s  Band Wagon

Cyd Charisse in Vincente Minnelli’s Band Wagon

Best Production Design: 
1. The Band Wagon – Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons, Keogh Gleason and Edwin B. Willis
2. Gate of Hell — Hiroshi Ozawa and Kosaburo Nakajima
3. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T — Rudolph Sternad and William Kiernan
4. The Robe — George Davis, Lyle Wheeler, Paul S. Fox, Walter Scott
5. Roman Holiday — Hal Pereira and Walter Tyler


Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in Vincente Minnelli’s  Band Wagon

Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in Vincente Minnelli’s Band Wagon

Best Costume Design: 
1. The Band Wagon — Mary Ann Nyberg
2. The Robe — Emile Santiago
3. How to Marry a Millionaire — William Travilla
4. Kiss Me Kate — Walter Plunkett
5. Gate of Hell – Shima Yoshizane


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

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award:
Ken Hughes, Wide Boy


the year-ends project: 
2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, 20102009
20082007200620052004200320022001200019991998
199719961995199419931992, 199119901989198819871986
1985198419831982198119801979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 19751970-1974
1965-69,  1960-641955-59, 1950-54..., 1940-49
1930-19391920-29 + Superlatives Index

1952 — Year in Review
Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. The Young and the Damned (dir: Luis Buñuel; US Release Date)

  2. The Life of Oharu (dir: Kenji Mizoguchi)

  3. Forbidden Games (dir: Rene Clement)

  4. Singin’ in the Rain (dir: Stanley Donan and Gene Kelly)

  5. Limelight (dir: Charles Chaplin)

  6. Sudden Fear (dir: David Miller)

  7. The Narrow Margin (dir: Richard Fleisher)

  8. Ikiru (dir: Akira Kurosawa)

  9. The Lusty Men (dir: Nicholas Ray)

  10. The Quiet Man (dir: John Ford)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): The Bad and the Beautiful (dir: Vincente Minnelli), Clash by Night (dir: Fritz Lang), High Noon (dir: Fred Zinnemann), Kansas City Confidential (dir: Phil Karlson), Le Plaisir (dir: Max Ophuls), The Marrying Kind (dir: George Cukor), Rancho Notorious (dir: Fritz Lang), The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (dir: Orson Welles), and Viva Zapata! (dir: Elia Kazan)

Estela Inda in Luis Bunuel's  Los Olvidados

Estela Inda in Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados

Best Picture: The Young and the Damned
Director: Luis Buñuel Producer: Oscar Dancigers, Sergio Kogan, Jaime A. Menasce
US Distributor: Azteca Films (in Spanish) and Arthur Meyer-Edward Kingsley


Luis Buñuel    in Mexico in the 1950s.

Luis Buñuel in Mexico in the 1950s.

Best Director:
1.
Luis Buñuel, The Young and the Damned
2. Stanley Donan and Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain
3. Rene Clement, Forbidden Games
4. Kenji Mizoguchi, The Life of Oharu
5. Richard Fleischer, The Narrow Margin


Charles Chaplin in Chaplin’s  Limelight

Charles Chaplin in Chaplin’s Limelight

Best Actor:
1. Charles Chaplin, Limelight

2. John Wayne, The Quiet Man
3. Gary Cooper, High Noon
4. Takashi Shimura, Ikiru
5. Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain


Jack Palance and Joan Crawford in David Miller’s  Sudden Fear!

Jack Palance and Joan Crawford in David Miller’s Sudden Fear!

Best Actress:
1. Joan Crawford, Sudden Fear!

2. Kinuyo Tanaka, The Life of Oharu
3. Judy Holliday, The Marrying Kind
4. Barbara Stanwyck, Clash by Night
5. Debbie Reynolds, Singin’ in the Rain


Victor McLaglen in John Ford’s  The Quiet Man

Victor McLaglen in John Ford’s The Quiet Man

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Victor McLaglen, The Quiet Man

2. Donald O’Connor, Singin’ in the Rain
3. Anthony Quinn, Viva Zapata!
4. Jack Palance, Sudden Fear!
5. Arthur Kennedy, The Lusty Men


Katy Jurado (left) and Grace Kelly (right) in Fred Zinnemann’s  High Noon

Katy Jurado (left) and Grace Kelly (right) in Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Katy Jurado, High Noon

2. Ethel Waters, The Member of the Wedding
3. Marie Windsor, The Narrow Margin
4. Jean Hagen, Singin' in the Rain
5. Gloria Grahame, The Bad and the Beautiful


Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Gene Kelly in Stanley Donen and Kelly’s  Singin’ in the Rain

Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Gene Kelly in Stanley Donen and Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain

Best Original Screenplay: 
1. Singin' in the Rain — Adolph Green and Betty Comden
2. The Narrow Margin — Martin Goldsmith and Jack Leonard
3. Ikiru — Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, and Hideo Oguni
4. The Young and the Damned — Luis Alcoriza and Luis Buñuel
5. Rancho Notorious — Daniel Taradash and Silvia Richards


Kinuyo Tanaka in Kenji Mizoguchi’s  Life of Oharu

Kinuyo Tanaka in Kenji Mizoguchi’s Life of Oharu

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. The Life of Oharu – Kenji Mizoguchi and Yoshikata Yoda
2. Forbidden Games — Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost and Francois Boyer
3. The Quiet Man — Frank S. Nugent
4. High Noon – Carl Foreman
5. Clash by Night — Alfred Hayes


Alfonso Mejia and Roberto Cobo in Luis Bunuel’s  The Young and the Damned

Alfonso Mejia and Roberto Cobo in Luis Bunuel’s The Young and the Damned

Best Cinematography:
1. The Young and the Damned — Gabriel Figueroa
2. The Quiet Man — Winton C. Hoch
3. Sudden Fear! — Charles B. Lang
4. Limelight — Karl Struss
5. Ikiru — Asaichi Nakai


Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in Fred Zinnemann’s  High Noon

Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon

Best Film Editing: 
1. High Noon — Elmo Williams
2. Singin' in the Rain — Adrienne Fazan
3. The Quiet Man — Jack Murray
4. Los Olvidados — Carlos Savage
5. The Narrow Margin — Robert Swink


Claire Bloom and Charles Chaplin in Chaplin’s  Limelight

Claire Bloom and Charles Chaplin in Chaplin’s Limelight


Best Original Score:
1. Limelight — Charles Chaplin, Ray Rasch, and Larry Russell

2. High Noon — Dimitri Tiomkin
3. Viva Zapata! — Alex North
4. The Quiet Man — Victor Young
5. The Bad and the Beautiful — David Raskin


Moira Shearer in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s  Tales of Hoffman

Moira Shearer in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s Tales of Hoffman

Best Production Design:
1. The Tales of Hoffman — Hein Heckroth and Arthur Lawson
2. Moulin Rouge — Paul Sheriff and Marcel Vertes
3. The Quiet Man – Frank Hotaling, John McCarthy Jr. and Charles Thompson
4. Le Plaisir — Jean d’Euabonne and Richard Christides
5. The Importance of Being Earnest — Cameron Dillon


Moira Shearer in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s  Tales of Hoffman

Moira Shearer in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s Tales of Hoffman

Best Costume Design:
1. The Tales of Hoffman — Hein Heckroth
2. Moulin Rouge — Julia Squire
3. My Cousin Rachel — Dorothy Jeakins
4. The Importance of Being Earnest — Beatrice Dawson
5. Le Plaisir — Georges Annekoff


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Best Ensemble Cast: 
Singin’ in the Rain
(dir: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly; in alphabetical order): Cyd Charisse (pictured), Douglas Fowley, Jean Hagen, Gene Kelly (pictured), Millard Mitchell, Rita Moreno, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds

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


the year-ends project: 
2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, 20102009
20082007200620052004200320022001200019991998
199719961995199419931992, 199119901989198819871986
1985198419831982198119801979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 19751970-1974
1965-69,  1960-641955-59, 1950-54..., 1940-49
1930-19391920-29 + Superlatives Index

1951 — Year in Review
Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. Rashomon (dir: Akira Kurosawa; US Release Date)

  2. A Streetcar Named Desire (dir: Elia Kazan)

  3. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (dir: Albert Lewin)

  4. The Prowler (dir: Joseph Losey)

  5. A Place in the Sun (dir: George Stevens)

  6. Ace in the Hole (dir: Billy Wilder)

  7. Strangers on a Train (dir: Alfred Hitchcock)

  8. Alice in Wonderland (dir: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske)

  9. The Lavender Hill Mob (dir: Charles Chrichton)

  10. The Day the Earth Stood Still (dir: Robert Wise)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): The African Queen (dir: John Huston), The Browning Version (dir: Anthony Asquith), Early Summer (dir: Yasujiro Ozu), La Ronde (dir: Max Ophüls), On Dangerous Ground (dir: Nicholas Ray and Ida Lupino), The Red Badge of Courage (dir: John Huston), The River (dir: Jean Renoir), and The Tall Target (dir: Anthony Mann)

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
Director: Akira Kurosawa Producer: Minoru Jingo
US Distributor: RKO Pictures


Elia Kazan (right) with Marlon Brando on the set of  A Streetcar Named Desire

Elia Kazan (right) with Marlon Brando on the set of A Streetcar Named Desire

Best Director:
1. Elia Kazan, A Streetcar Named Desire

2. Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon
3. Albert Lewin, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
4. Joseph Losey, The Prowler
5. Alfred Hitchcock, Strangers on a Train


Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, and Nigel Patrick in Anthony Asquith’s  Browning Version

Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, and Nigel Patrick in Anthony Asquith’s Browning Version

Best Actor:
1. Michael Redgrave, The Browning Version
2. Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire
3. Kirk Douglas, Ace in the Hole
4. Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen
5. Chishu Ryu, Early Summer


Viven Leigh in Elia Kazan’s  Streetcar Named Desire

Viven Leigh in Elia Kazan’s Streetcar Named Desire

Best Actress:
1. Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire

2. Setsuko Hara, Early Summer
3. Ava Gardner, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
4. Katharine Hepburn, The African Queen
5. Anita Björk, Miss Julie


Robert Walker in Alfred Hitchcock’s  Strangers on a Train

Robert Walker in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Robert Walker, Strangers on a Train

2. Nigel Patrick, The Browning Version
3. Stanley Holloway, The Lavender Hill Mob
4. Peter Ustinov, Quo Vadis
5. Karl Malden, A Streetcar Named Desire


Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in George Stevens’  A Place in the Sun

Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun

Best Supporting Actress:
1.
Elizabeth Taylor, A Place in the Sun
2. Danielle Darrieux, La Ronde
3. Shelley Winters, A Place in the Sun
4. Kim Hunter, A Streetcar Named Desire
5. Lee Grant, Detective Story


Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes in Joseph Losey’s  Prowler

Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes in Joseph Losey’s Prowler

Best Original Screenplay: 
1. The Prowler
Dalton Trumbo, Hugo Butler, Hans Whilhelm and Robert Thoeren
2. The Lavender Hill Mob — T.E.B. Clarke
3. Early Summer — Kogu Noda and Yasujiro Ozu
4. Ace in the Hole – Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, and Walter Newman
5. The Tall Target — Daniel Mainwaring


Ava Gardner in Albert Lewin’s  Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Ava Gardner in Albert Lewin’s Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman — Albert Lewin
2. A Place in the Sun — Michael Wilson and Harry Brown
3. The Browning Version — Terence Rattigan
4. The African Queen — James Agee and John Huston
5. A Streetcar Named Desire — Tennessee Williams and Oscar Saul


James Mason in Albert Lewin’s  Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

James Mason in Albert Lewin’s Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Best Cinematography:
1. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman — Jack Cardiff
2. The Prowler Arthur Miller
3. A Place in the Sun — William C. Mellor
4. Strangers on a Train — Robert Burks
5. The River — Claude Renoir


Machiko Kyo and Toshiro Mifune in Akira Kurosawa’s  Rashomon

Machiko Kyo and Toshiro Mifune in Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon

Best Film Editing: 
1. Rashomon — Akira Kurosawa
2. Ace in the Hole — Arthur Schmidt
3. Strangers on a Train — William Ziegler
4. The Red Badge of Courage — Ben Lewis
5. The Browning Version — John D. Guthridge


Robert Wise’s  The Day the Earth Stood Still

Robert Wise’s The Day the Earth Stood Still

Best Original Score: 
1. The Day the Earth Stood Still — Bernard Hermann
2. A Streetcar Named Desire — Alex North
3. Strangers on a Train — Dimitri Tiomkin
4. A Place in the Sun — Franz Waxman
5. The Red Badge of Courage — Bronislau Kaper


Leslie Caron in Vincente Minnelli’s  An American in a Paris

Leslie Caron in Vincente Minnelli’s An American in a Paris

Best Production Design: 
1. An American in Paris — E. Preston Ames and Cedric Gibbons
2. The Day the Earth Stood Still — Addison Hehr, Lyle Wheeler, Claude Carpenter, Thomas Little
3. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman — John Bryan and John Hawkesworth
4. La Ronde — Jean d'Eaubonne
5. Royal Wedding — Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith, and Edwin B. Willis


Max Ophüls’  La Ronde

Max Ophüls’ La Ronde

Best Costume Design: 
1. La Ronde — Georges Annekov
2. An American in Paris — Orry-Kelly
3. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman — Beatrice Dawson
4. A Place in the Sun — Edith Head
5. Quo Vadis — Hershel McCoy


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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


the year-ends project: 
2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, 20102009
20082007200620052004200320022001200019991998
199719961995199419931992, 199119901989198819871986
1985198419831982198119801979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 19751970-1974
1965-69,  1960-641955-59, 1950-54..., 1940-49
1930-19391920-29 + Superlatives Index

1950 — Year in Review
Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. Sunset Boulevard (dir: Billy Wilder)

  2. In A Lonely Place (dir: Nicholas Ray)

  3. Stromboli (dir: Roberto Rossellini)

  4. All About Eve (dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

  5. The Furies (dir: Anthony Mann)

  6. Gun Crazy (dir: Joseph Lewis)

  7. Where the Sidewalk Ends (dir: Otto Preminger)

  8. The Asphalt Jungle (dir: John Huston)

  9. Night and the City (dir: Jules Dassin)

  10. Winchester '73 (dir: Anthony Mann)

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order): Born Yesterday (dir: George Cukor),
Broken Arrow (dir: Delmer Daves), Cinderella (dir: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi), Orphée (dir: Jean Cocteau), Panic in the Streets (dir: Elia Kazan), and Wagon Master (dir: John Ford)

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
Director: Billy Wilder Producer: Charles Brackett
US Distributor: Paramount Pictures


Billy Wilder with Gloria Swanson on the set of  Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder with Gloria Swanson on the set of Sunset Boulevard

Best Director:
1. Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard
2. Nicholas Ray, In a Lonely Place
3. Roberto Rossellini, Stromboli
4. Anthony Mann, The Furies AND Winchester '73
5. Joseph H. Lewis, Gun Crazy


Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Nicholas Ray’s  In a Lonely Place

Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place

Best Actor:
1. Humphrey Bogart, In a Lonely Place

2. William Holden, Sunset Boulevard
3. James Stewart, Winchester '73
4. John Dall, Gun Crazy
5. Ben Johnson, Wagon Master


Gloria Swanson and William Holden in Billy Wilder’s  Sunset Boulevard

Gloria Swanson and William Holden in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard

Best Actress:
1. Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard

2. Bette Davis, All About Eve
3. Peggy Cummins, Gun Crazy
4. Judy Holliday, Born Yesterday
5. Barbara Stanwyck, The Furies


Jack Palance in Elia Kazan’s  Panic in the Streets

Jack Palance in Elia Kazan’s Panic in the Streets

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Jack Palance, Panic in the Streets

2. Erich von Stroheim, Sunset Boulevard
3. George Sanders, All About Eve
4. Sam Jaffe, The Asphalt Jungle
5. Walter Huston, The Furies


Thelma Ritter (left) and Bette Davis (right) in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s  All About Eve

Thelma Ritter (left) and Bette Davis (right) in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s All About Eve

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Thelma Ritter, All About Eve

2. Celeste Holm, All About Eve
3. Joan Bennett, Father of the Bride
4. Hope Emerson, Caged
5. Jan Sterling, Caged


George Saunders and Anne Baxter in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s  All About Eve

George Saunders and Anne Baxter in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s All About Eve

Best Original Screenplay:
1. All About Eve — Joseph L. Mankiewicz
2. Sunset Boulevard — Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and D.M. Marshman, Jr.
3. Stromboli — Roberto Rossellini, Sergio Amidei, Gian Paolo Callegari, Art Cohn, Felix Morlion, and Renzo Cesana
4. Panic in the Streets — Richard Murphy, Daniel Fuchs, Edna Anhalt and Edward Anhalt
5. Winchester ‘73 — Robert L. Richards, Borden Chase, and Stuart N. Lake


Marilyn Monroe and Sterling Hayden in John Huston’s  Asphalt Jungle

Marilyn Monroe and Sterling Hayden in John Huston’s Asphalt Jungle

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. The Asphalt Jungle — John Huston and Ben Maddow
2. In a Lonely Place — Andrew Solt, Edmund H. North and Dorothy Hughes
3. The Furies — Charles Schnee
4. Where the Sidewalk Ends — Ben Hecht, Victor Trivas, Frank P. Rosenberg, Robert E. Kent
5. Gun Crazy — Dalton Trumbo and MacKinlay Kantor


Ingrid Bergman in Roberto Rossellini’s  Stromboli

Ingrid Bergman in Roberto Rossellini’s Stromboli

Best Cinematography: 
1. Stromboli — Otello Martelli
2. Sunset Boulevard — John Seitz
3. Broken Arrow — Ernest Palmer
4. Gun Crazy — Russell Harlan
5. The Asphalt Jungle — Harold Rosson


Gloria Swanson and William Holden in Billy Wilder’s  Sunset Boulevard

Gloria Swanson and William Holden in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard

Best Film Editing:
1. Sunset Boulevard — Arthur Schmidt
2. All About Eve — Barbara McLean
3. Night and the City — Nick De Maggio and Sidney Stone
4. Winchester ‘73 — Edward Curtiss
5. In a Lonely Place — Viola Lawrence


Erich von Stroheim (background) and Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder’s  Sunset Boulevard

Erich von Stroheim (background) and Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard

Best Original Score:
1. Sunset Boulevard — Franz Waxman
2. The Furies — Franz Waxman
3. The Asphalt Jungle — Miklos Rozsa
4. All About Eve — Alfred Newman
5. Panic in the Streets — Alfred Newman


William Holden and Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder’s  Sunset Boulevard

William Holden and Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard

Best Production Design:
1. Sunset Boulevard — Hans Dreier and John Meehan
2. The Furies — Henry Burnstead, Hans Dreier, Sam Comer and Bertram Granger
3. Destination Moon — Ernst Fegte and George Sawley
4. All About Eve — Lyle Wheeler, George Davis, Thomas Little, and Walter M. Scott
5. Annie Get Your Gun — Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse, and Edwin B. Willis


Barbara Stanwyck in Anthony Mann’s  Furies

Barbara Stanwyck in Anthony Mann’s Furies

Best Costume Design: 
1. The Furies — Edith Head
2. All About Eve — Edith Head and Charles Le Maire
3. Annie Get Your Gun — Walter Plunkett and Helen Rose
4. Cheaper by the Dozen — Edward Stevenson
5. The Toast of New Orleans — Walter Plunkett and Helen Rose


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

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


the year-ends project: 
2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, 20102009
20082007200620052004200320022001200019991998
199719961995199419931992, 199119901989198819871986
1985198419831982198119801979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 19751970-1974
1965-69,  1960-641955-59, 1950-54..., 1940-49
1930-19391920-29 + Superlatives Index