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Second Takes -- Billy Wilder


Feb. 13, 1951, Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard

Feb. 13, 1951: Gloria Swanson (Best Actress), William Holden (Best Actor), Nancy Olson (Best Supporting Actress) and Erich von Stroheim (Best Supporting Actor)  are nominated for Academy Awards. "Sunset Boulevard" is nominated as best picture; Billy Wilder is nominated as best director and Wilder, Charles Brackett and D.M. Marshman Jr. are nominated for best story and screenplay. The film's 11 nominations include best art direction, black and white, Edwin B. Willis and Hugh Hunt; best black and white cinematography, John Seitz; film editing, Arthur Schmidt and Doane Harrison; and film score, Franz Waxman.

The film won three awards: film score, art direction and writing.

Feb. 13, 1951, Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard

At right, April 18, 1951, Swanson was a sentinmental favorite for an Academy Award, but she didn't win. Instead, the Oscar went to Judy Holliday for "Born Yesterday.." 
April 8, 1951, Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard



Feb. 25, 1951, Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard

"Since working with a man as stimulating as Billy Wilder, I've become terribly interested in directing," Holden says.
Feb. 25, 1951. Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard

"Holden had himself named 'assistant to the director' when Wilder started 'Ace in the Hole,' but they soon called him away to slap on the greasepaint."
March 1, 1951, Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard

March 1, 1951: Swanson wins a Golden Globe.

March 29, 1951, Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard
The Academy Awards, March 29, 1951.

March 29, 1951, Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard
 
March 30, 1951, Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard

March 30, 1951, Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard

March 30, 1951, Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard

March 30, 1951, Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard

 
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"Swanson was a sentinmental favorite for an Academy Award, but she didn't win. Instead, the Oscar went to Judy Holliday for 'Bells Are Ringing.'"

Holliday was great in BELLS ARE RINGING, but that film came out ten years later, in 1960. It was her final screen performance. Of course, Holliday won the 1950 Oscar for BORN YESTERDAY. [It's still difficult to choose between the three great female leading performances of that year, each unique and brilliant -- Swanson, Holliday and Davis.]


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