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Plot, Details & Awards

The Bad And The Beautiful

Not Rated In Theaters 08/28/1990 , 118min.
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Plot & Details

Kirk Douglas plays the corrupt and amoral head of a major film studio in this Hollywood drama, often regarded as one of the film's industry's most interesting glimpses at itself. Actress Gloria Lorrison (Lana Turner), director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan), and screenwriter James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell) are invited to a meeting at a Hollywood sound stage at the request of producer Harry Pebbel (Walter Pidgeon). Pebbel is working with studio chief Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), whose studio is in financial trouble and needs a blockbuster hit. If these three names will sign to a new project, he's convinced that there's no way he can lose. But there's a rub -- all three of these Hollywood heavyweights hate Shields's guts. He dumped Gloria for another woman, he double-crossed Fred out of a plum directing assignment, and he was responsible for the death of James Lee's wife. All three are ready to tell Pebbel to forget it, until they hear the voice of Shields, calling from Europe to discuss the project by phone. The Bad and the Beautiful won five Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Gloria Grahame.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Gloria Grahame Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography Robert Surtees Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Costume Design Helen Rose Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Edwin B. Willis Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Edward C. Carfagno Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Cedric Gibbons Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Kirk Douglas Nominated
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Screenplay Charles Schnee Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1953 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Vincente Minnelli Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Gloria Grahame Nominated
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Gilbert Roland Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1953 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Vincente Minnelli Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Directors Guild of America Best Director Vincente Minnelli Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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