23rd Academy Awards
DateMarch 29, 1951
SiteRKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California
Hosted byFred Astaire
Best PictureAll About Eve
Most awardsAll About Eve (6)
Most nominationsAll About Eve (14)

The 23rd Academy Awards were held on March 29, 1951, honoring the films of 1950. All About Eve received a record 14 nominations, besting the previous record of 13 set by Gone with the Wind in 1939. It won six Oscars, including Best Picture, and earned writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz his second consecutive Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay awards, the only time such a feat has been accomplished.

All About Eve was the second film, after Mrs. Miniver (1942), to receive five acting nominations. It was the first to receive multiple nominations in two acting categories, and the first (and, to date, only) film to receive four female acting nominations—two each for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. None was successful, losing to Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday and Josephine Hull in Harvey, respectively.

Jose Ferrer, then under investigation from the House Un-American Activities Committee over suspected Communist ties, won the Best Actor award despite being given very little chances to win.[1] Marlene Dietrich nearly stole the show by wearing an apparently-painted-on dress that displayed her legs and figure.[1]

Sunset Boulevard was the fifth film with nominations in every acting category, and the second not to win any of them (after My Man Godfrey in 1936).

Winners and nominees

Darryl F. Zanuck; Best Picture winner
Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Best Director and Best Screenplay winner
José Ferrer; Best Actor winner
Judy Holliday; Best Actress winner
George Sanders; Best Supporting Actor winner
Josephine Hull; Best Supporting Actress winner
Charles Brackett; Best Story and Screenplay co-winner
Billy Wilder; Best Story and Screenplay co-winner
Edith Head; Best Costume Design, Black-and-White and Best Costume Design, Color co-winner
Charles LeMaire; Best Costume Design, Black-and-White co-winner
Dorothy Jeakins; Best Costume Design, Color co-winner
Ralph E. Winters (left); Best Film Editing co-winner
Conrad A. Nervig; Best Film Editing co-winner


Nominations announced on February 12, 1951. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[2]

Best Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay Best Story and Screenplay
Best Motion Picture Story Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject Best Live Action Short Subject, One-Reel
Best Live Action Short Subject, Two-Reel Best Short Subject – Cartoons
Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Best Scoring of a Musical Picture
Best Original Song Best Sound Recording
Best Art Direction – Set Decoration, Black-and-White Best Art Direction – Set Decoration, Color
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Best Cinematography, Color
Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Best Costume Design, Color
Best Film Editing Best Special Effects

Academy Honorary Awards

Best Foreign Language Film

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Presenters and performers



Multiple nominations and awards

Films with multiple nominations
Nominations Film
14 All About Eve
11 Sunset Boulevard
5 Born Yesterday
Samson and Delilah
4 Annie Get Your Gun
The Asphalt Jungle
3 Broken Arrow
Father of the Bride
King Solomon's Mines
The Third Man
2 Destination Moon
The Flame and the Arrow
The Magnificent Yankee
Films with multiple awards
Awards Film
6 All About Eve
3 Sunset Boulevard
2 King Solomon's Mines
Samson and Delilah

See also


  1. ^ a b Wallechinsky, David; Wallace, Irving (1975). The People's Almanac. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. p. 838. ISBN 0-385-04060-1.
  2. ^ "The 23rd Academy Awards (1951) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2011.