Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1950

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Hope Emerson (Caged)
Celeste Holm (All About Eve)
Josephine Hull (Harvey)
Nancy Olson (Sunset Boulevard)
Thelma Ritter (All About Eve)

Biggest Snub:

Jena Hagen – The Asphalt Jungle

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with 5 outstanding nominated performances and an of them would have been a deserving winner.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Hope Emerson
4. Celeste Holm
3. Thelma Ritter
2. Nancy Olson
1. Josephine Hull


4. CagedGreat look at how the prison system of the time worked especially when dealing with female prisoners., The film does a great job looking at how the system on the one hand tries to rehabilitate yet on the other, the prison become use to the institutionalized lifestyle which causes the idea to become cyclical in their lives.  Prker is superb in the lead role and makes us believe her character’s petty life of crime yet being institutionalized transforms her. She was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance here. Emerson was also nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her work as a sadistic guard.
3. HarveyWarm-hearted story of how its possible to live life in a carefree way and how to learn to tolerate people who are different within society.
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 BoulevardSuch 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!  JH does a nice job with her performance, but NO, HE, TR and CH were all equally great in their roles and would have been deserving winners. CH and TR probably cancelled each other out since they appeared in the same film.

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

4 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1950

  1. Josephine Hull is wonderful in Harvey and I really can’t fault her win since she was so good but of these five I’d vote for Celeste Holm in All About Eve. Karen could have been just the “supportive friend” but Holm does so much to make her distinctive…of course she has the lines to help her.

    But in an open field neither of those two would be my winner. My choice would be the unnominated (and sadly never nominated) Linda Darnell in Mankiewicz’s other picture from this year-No Way Out. Her Edie completely changes during the course of the film and Linda handles all the subtle intricacies expertly.

    Another miss was Patricia Neal’s wry prostitute in The Breaking Point.


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