24th Academy Awards
DateMarch 20, 1952
SiteRKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California
Hosted byDanny Kaye
Best PictureAn American in Paris
Most awardsAn American in Paris and A Place in the Sun (6)
Most nominationsA Streetcar Named Desire (12)

The 24th Academy Awards were held on March 20, 1952, honoring the films of 1951. The ceremony was hosted by Danny Kaye.

An American in Paris and A Place in the Sun each received six Oscars, splitting Best Picture and Best Director, respectively. A Streetcar Named Desire won four Oscars, including three of the four acting awards for which it was nominated. The film's only unsuccessful acting nomination was that of Marlon Brando, whose performance as Stanley Kowalski was later considered one of the most influential of modern film acting.[1]

Humphrey Bogart was the last man born in the 19th century to win Best Actor. He won it over favored winner Marlon Brando, by the logic of the former being too long overlooked and the latter being a newcomer.[2] The next day, Bogart remarked that "awards don't mean a thing unless every actor plays Hamlet and then who is best is decided."[2]

An American in Paris became the second color film to win Best Picture, and was the first film since Grand Hotel to win Best Picture without any acting nominations.[3] The film had been viewed as a long-shot, with A Streetcar Named Desire and A Place in the Sun having been favored as winners of the Best Picture Oscar. That An American in Paris won the Oscar caused some to grumble about the number of Academy voters employed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at the time.[2]

Winners and nominees

George Stevens; Best Director winner
Humphrey Bogart; Best Actor winner
Vivien Leigh; Best Actress winner
Karl Malden; Best Supporting Actor winner
Kim Hunter; Best Supporting Actress winner
Hoagy Carmichael; Best Song co-winner
Johnny Mercer; Best Song co-winner
Cedric Gibbons; Best Art Direction, Color, co-winner
Gene Kelly; Academy Honorary Award recipient


Nominations were announced on February 11, 1952. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[4]

Best Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Story and Screenplay Best Screenplay
Best 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 Song Best Sound Recording
Best Art Direction, Black-and-White Best Art Direction, Color
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Best Cinematography, Color
Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Best Costume Design, Color
Best Film Editing

Academy Honorary Award

Best Foreign Language Film

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Presenters and performers



Multiple nominations and awards

Films with multiple nominations
Nominations Film
12 A Streetcar Named Desire
9 A Place in the Sun
8 An American in Paris
Quo Vadis
5 David and Bathsheba
Death of a Salesman
4 The African Queen
Detective Story
3 The Great Caruso
2 The Blue Veil
Bright Victory
Decision Before Dawn
The Frogmen
Here Comes the Groom
La Ronde
On the Riviera
Show Boat
The Tales of Hoffmann
The Well
Films with multiple awards
Awards Film
6 An American in Paris
A Place in the Sun
4 A Streetcar Named Desire

See also


  1. ^ Roger Ebert. "Review: 'A Streetcar Named Desire'". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on April 13, 2005. Retrieved July 2, 2004.
  2. ^ a b c Wallechinsky, David; Wallace, Irving (1975). The People's Almanac. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. p. 839. ISBN 0-385-04060-1.
  3. ^ Shaw, Gabbi. "'Parasite' is the 12th movie in history to win Best Picture with no acting nominations — here are the other 11". Insider. Insider Inc. Retrieved March 27, 2023.
  4. ^ "The 24th Academy Awards (1952) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.