It was on this day, March 23, 1950, "All the King’s Men" won the Academy Award for Best Picture (Robert Rossen, producer)
Oscar for Best Actor goes to Broderick Crawford for his portrayal of corrupt politician Willie Stark in "All the King’s Men". Who did Broderick Crawford beat out for the Best Actor prize? Kirk Douglas, Richard Todd, John Wayne and Gregory Peck.
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (Mercedes McCambridge).
Other winners this night included Best Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz for "Letter to Three Wives", Best Actress: Olivia de Havilland for "The Heiress" and Best Supporting Actor: Dean Jagger for "Twelve O’Clock High".
The Best Music/Song Oscar that evening was awarded to Frank Loesser for "Baby, It’s Cold Outside" from "Neptune’s Daughter".
Thus we recall the 22nd Academy Awards, held at the RKO Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. Actor Paul Douglas was the host for the evening as they celebrated the films of 1949.
1908 - Joan Crawford (Lucille Fay LeSueur) (Academy Award-winning actress: Mildred Pierce ; A Woman’s Face, Night Gallery, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, Above Suspicion, Grand Hotel; died May 10, 1977)
1910 - Akira Kurosawa (film director: Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, Ran, Rhapsody in August, The Idiot, The Bad Sleep Well; died Sep 6, 1998)
1925 - Monique van Vooren (actress: Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, Ash Wednesday, Sugar Cookies)
1957 - Teresa Ganzel (actress: The Dave Thomas Comedy Hour, The Duck Factory, Roxie, Teachers Only)
1957 - Amanda Plummer (Tony Award-winning actress : Agnes of God; The Fisher King, Joe Versus the Volcano, The World According to Garp, Pulp Fiction; Christopher Plummer’s daughter)