1951 Academy Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 1951 Academy Awards were presented March 20, 1952 at the RKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, Calif.

Best Motion PictureAn American in Paris, Arthur Freed, producer (MGM)
Decision Before Dawn, Anatole Litvak and Frank McCarthy, producers (Twentieth Century-Fox)
A Place in the Sun, George Stevens, producer (Paramount)
Quo Vadis, Sam Zimbalist, producer (MGM)
A Streetcar Named Desire, Charles K. Feldman, producer (Warner Bros.)
Best ActorHumphrey Bogart, The African Queen
Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire
Montgomery Clift, A Place in the Sun
Arthur Kennedy, Bright Victory
Fredric March, Death of a Salesman

Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen
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Best ActressKatharine Hepburn, The African Queen
Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire
Eleanor Parker, Detective Story
Shelley Winters, A Place in the Sun
Jane Wyman, The Blue Veil
Actor in a Supporting RoleLeo Genn, Quo Vadis
Karl Malden, A Streetcar Named Desire
Kevin McCarthy, Death of a Salesman
Peter Ustinov, Quo Vadis
Gig Young, Come Fill the Cup
Actress in a Supporting RoleJoan Blondell, The Blue Veil
Mildred Dunnock, Death of a Salesman
Lee Grant, Detective Story
Kim Hunter, A Streetcar Named Desire
Thelma Ritter, The Mating Season
DirectingJohn Huston, The African Queen
Elia Kazan, A Streetcar Named Desire
Vincente Minnelli, An American in Paris
George Stevens, A Place in the Sun
William Wyler, Detective Story
Motion Picture StoryBudd Boetticher and Ray Nazarro, Bullfighter and the Lady
Paul Dehn and James Bernard, Seven Days to Noon
Alfred Hayes and Stewart Stern, Teresa
Oscar Millard, The Frogmen
Robert Riskin and Liam O'Brian, Here Comes the Groom
ScreenplayJames Agee and John Huston, The African Queen
Jacques Natanson and Max Ophuls, La Ronde
Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
Michael Wilson and Harry Brown, A Place in the Sun
Philip Yordan and Robert Wyler, Detective Story
Story and ScreenplayPhilip Dunne, David and Bathsheba
Clarence Greene and Russell Rouse, The Well
Alan Jay Lerner, An American in Paris
Robert Pirosh, Go for Broke!
Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels and Walter Newman, The Big Carnival
Black-and-WhiteNorbert Brodine, The Frogmen
Robert Burks, Strangers on a Train
William C. Mellor, A Place in the Sun
Frank Planer, Death of a Salesman
Harry Stradling, A Streetcar Named Desire
ColorAlfred Gilks and John Alton, An American in Paris
Charles Rosher, Show Boat
John F. Seitz and W. Howard Greene, When Worlds Collide
Leon Shamroy, David and Bathsheba
Robert Surtees and William V. Skall, Quo Vadis
Art Direction
Black-and-WhiteRichard Day, art direction; George James Hopkins, set decoration, A Streetcar Named Desire
D'Eaubonne, art direction and set decoration, La Ronde
Cedric Gibbons and Paul Groesse, art direction; Edwin B. Willis and Jack D. Moore, set decoration, Too Young to Kiss
Lyle Wheeler and John DeCuir, art direction; Thomas Little and Paul S. Fox, set decoration, House on Telegraph Hill
Lyle Wheeler and Leland Fuller, art direction; Thomas Little and Fred J. Rode, set decoration, Fourteen Hours
ColorCedric Gibbons and Preston Ames, art direction; Edwin B. Willis and Keogh Gleason, set decoration, An American in Paris
Hein Heckroth, art direction and set decoration, Tales of Hoffmann
William A. Horning, Cedric Gibbons and Edward Carfagno, art direction; Hugh Hunt, set decoration, Quo Vadis
Lyle Wheeler and George Davis, art direction; Thomas Little and Paul S. Fox, set decoration, David and Bathsheba
Lyle Wheeler and Leland Fuller, art direction; Joseph C. Wright, musical settings; Thomas Little and Walter M. Scott, set decoration, On the Riviera
Sound RecordingMGM Studio Sound Dept., The Great Caruso
RKO Radio Studio Sound Dept., Two Tickets to Broadway
Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Dept., I Want You
Universal-International Studio Sound Dept., Bright Victory
Warner Bros. Studio Sound Dept., A Streetcar Named Desire
Song“In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” Here Comes the Groom, Hoagy Carmichael, music; Johnny Mercer, lyrics
“A Kiss to Build a Dream On,” The Strip, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and Oscar Hammerstein II, music and lyrics
“Never,” Golden Girl, Lionel Newman, music; Eliot Daniel, lyrics
“Too Late Now,” Royal Wedding, Burton Lane, music; Alan Jay Lerner, lyrics
“Wonder Why,” Rich, Young and Pretty, Nicholas Brodszky, music; Sammy Cahn, lyrics
Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureAlfred Newman, David and Bathsheba
Alex North, Death of a Salesman
Alex North, A Streetcar Named Desire
Miklos Rozsa, Quo Vadis
Franz Waxman, A Place in the Sun
Scoring of a Musical PicturePeter Herman Adler and Johnny Green, The Great Caruso
Adolph Deutsch and Conrad Salinger, Show Boat
Johnny Green and Saul Chaplin, An American in Paris
Alfred Newman, On the Riviera
Oliver Wallace, Alice in Wonderland
Film EditingAdrienne Fazan, An American in Paris
William Hornbeck, A Place in the Sun
Chester Schaeffer, The Well
Dorothy Spencer, Decision Before Dawn
Ralph E. Winters, Quo Vadis
Costume Design
Black-and-WhiteLucinda Ballard, A Streetcar Named Desire
Edith Head, A Place in the Sun
Charles LeMaire and Renie, The Model and the Marriage Broker
Walter Plunkett and Gile Steele, Kind Lady
Edward Stevenson and Margaret Furse, The Mudlark
ColorHein Heckroth, Tales of Hoffmann
Charles LeMaire and Edward Stevenson, David and Bathsheba
Herschel McCoy, Quo Vadis
Orry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett and Irene Sharaff, An American in Paris
Helen Rose and Gile Steele, The Great Caruso
Special EffectsWhen Worlds Collide (Paramount)
Short Subjects
CartoonLambert, the Sheepish Lion (Walt Disney Productions; RKO Radio)
Rooty Toot Toot (Jolly Frolics Series) (United Productions of America; Columbia)
Two Mouseketeers (Tom and Jerry Series) (Frederick Quimby, producer; MGM)
One-ReelRidin' the Rails (Grantland Rice Spotlight Series) (Jack Eaton, producer; Paramount)
The Story of Time (Signal Films Production; Cornell Film Company)
World of Kids (Vitaphone Novelties Series) (Robert Youngson, producer; Warner Bros.)
Two-ReelBalzac (Les Films du Compass; A.F. Films, Inc.)
Danger Under the Sea (Tom Mead, producer; Universal-International)
Nature's Half Acre (True-Life Adventure Series) (Walt Disney Productions; RKO Radio)
Short SubjectBenjy (Fred Zinnemann, producer; Paramount)
One Who Came Back (U.S. Department of Defense; Association of Motion Picture Producers)
The Seeing Eye (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Warner Bros.)
FeatureI Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (Bryan Foy, producer; Warner Bros.)
Kon-Tiki (Artfilm Production; RKO Radio)
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardArthur Freed
Honorary AwardsTo Gene Kelly in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film
To Rashomon (Japan) voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1951

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