Did They Get it Right? – Best Director – Oscars 1950

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

George Cukor (Born Yesterday)
John Huston (The Asphalt Jungle)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve)
Carol Reed (The Third Man)
Billy Wilder (Sunset Blvd.)

Biggest Snub:

John Sturges – The Magnificent Yankee

My Overall Thoughts:

This is yet another year with 5 great nominees where most of them would have been worthy winners eventhough it really was a race between just two of them.

My Rankings:


5. George Cukor 
4. Carol Reed
3. John Huston 
2. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1. Billy Wilder


5. The Asphalt JungleVery interesting crime thriller heist film that is quite gritty in the way that it tells its story. The cast is superb with Hayden, Calhern, Jaffe and Whitmore all giving great performances here. The way that the heist is presented works really well and we quite quickly learn that no one is ever to be trusted in situations like this one. The story feels quite realistic in its depiction of the events shown and we get to see how corruption can affect both sides of the law in situations like this one.
4. The Third ManExcellent film noir. Great acting and a great story keep us captivated until the very end.
3. Born YesterdayWhat a wonderful premise that works so well here. Crawford, Holden and Holliday are all superb here and it’s so much fun watching them interact. The script and dialogue are quite engaging and the lines are so witty that it pays to pay close attention or you may miss some great ones. Holliday deservingly took home an Oscar for her performance here as a seemingly ignorant woman who transforms herself into something completely different.
2. All About EveExcellently written by Mankiewicz! The actors all are superb and it’s a thrill watching them deliver his lines. Says so much about the movie industry and fame.
1. Sunset Blvd.Such a cleverly written film that keeps us hooked from beginning to end. Holden and Swanson are both superb here and we are constantly surprised by everything they say and do. Love the way that this film deals with how members of Hollywood perceive their contemporaries depending on whether they are on the way up or down. Yet it also shows us how those people perceive themselves in a different position than they might really be. The plot moves along at a great pace and gives us so much to mull over as things move along. Still seems to (sadly) ring true even after 67 years.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No!  JLK does a wonderful job woith AAE, but the way that Wilder weaves SB is spectacular.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

One thought on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Director – Oscars 1950

  1. Honestly- this is one of the rare years where 5 excellent films were directed by 5 excellent directors – and I would’ve been pleased no matter who ultimately won.Everyone on the list would win at onetime or another. Mankiewicz might’ve gotten the edge for 2 reasons – it was an inside Hollywood tale also scripted by him and he had to deal with losing his leading lady – Claudette Colbert – right as filming was about to begin (she fractured a vertabrae in her neck in a skiing accident – and was replaced at the last minute by the inimitable Bette Davis.


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