Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1949

A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1949, All the King's Men gets top honors.

1949

Best Picture

NOMINEES: All the King's Men, Battleground, The Heiress, A Letter to Three Wives, Twelve O'Clock High

THE WINNER: All the King's Men (Columbia)

DIRECTOR: Robert Rossen

PLAYERS: Broderick Crawford, Joanne Dru, John Ireland, John Derek, Mercedes McCambridge

Best Actor

NOMINEES: Broderick Crawford (All the King's Men); Kirk Douglas (Champion); Gregory Peck (Twelve O'Clock High); Richard Todd (The Hasty Heart); John Wayne (Sands of Iwo Jima)

THE WINNER: Broderick Crawford

Best Actress

NOMINEES: Jeanne Crain (Pinky); Olivia De Havilland (The Heiress); Susan Hayward (My Foolish Heart); Deborah Kerr (Edward, My Son); Loretta Young (Come to the Stable)

THE WINNER: Olivia De Havilland

Behind the Oscar

A longtime standby as a "heavy," Broderick Crawford was genuinely surprised to find himself the winner for the role of Willie Stark in All the King's Men. The accolade he treasured more, however, came from his mother, Helen Broderick, an established actress and uncompromising critic. She told her son, "I could find nothing wrong with your performance." The other major winner, Olivia De Havilland, was much criticized by the press for her cold acceptance speech.

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