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The 23rd Academy Awards Memorable Moments

23rd Oscars

Best Picture: All about Eve

All about Eve also won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (George Sanders), Black-and-White Costume Design (Edith Head and Charles LeMaire), Directing (Joseph L. Mankiewicz), Sound Recording (20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department), and Writing – Screenplay (Joseph L. Mankiewicz). 

All about Eve was the most-nominated film to that date, with 14 nominations.

Fred Astaire was the master of ceremonies.

Marlene Dietrich stole the show by wearing a dress that exposed her famous legs (to the knee).

On February 22, 1950, Walt Disney's Cinderella was released in New York. It earned three nominations.

In April 1950, South Africa's apartheid government passed the Group Areas Act of 1950, legally dividing the country into distinct residential and business sections based on race.

In May 1950, L. Ron Hubbard published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

In June 1950, the Korean War began when North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea.

In August 1950, Florence Chadwick of San Diego, California, swam the English Channel in the record time of 13 hours and 20 minutes.

In October 1950, the comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz, was published for the first time in seven U.S. newspapers.

In October 1950, Communist Chinese forces invaded Tibet.

Honorary Foreign Language Film Award

France/Italy – To The Walls of Malapag - voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States in 1950.

Honorary Award

To George Murphy for his services in interpreting the film industry to the country at large.

Honorary Award

To Louis B. Mayer for distinguished service to the motion picture industry. 

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

To Darryl F. Zanuck