The nominees should be familiar to us all. George Cukor was a favorite of Katharine Hepburn's and was one of the initial directors of Gone with the Wind. A Double Life was his third of five nominations, and he eventually won for My Fair Lady. Edward Dmytryk helmed many a noir, but this would be his first and only nod; better known is his status as one of the original Hollywood Ten held in contempt of Congress during the red scare, who saved himself from the Blacklist by later naming names. Elia Kazan received his first nomination for his fourth film - and won!
Henry Koster did great and acclaimed films like Harvey, My Cousin Rachel, The Robe, Flower Drum Song...those all came after his nomination for The Bishop's Wife, his first and only. And David Lean would become known for his epics, winning Oscars for The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia. In all, he received eleven Academy Award nominations.
But let's talk about their work in these movies. Let's do that after the jump.
George Cukor for A Double Life
Edward Dmytryk for Crossfire
Elia Kazan for Gentleman's Agreement
Henry Koster for The Bishop's Wife
David Lean for Great Expectations
Kazan was part of that Gentleman's Agreement train - I disagree with those results, and award my vote to...
A DOUBLE LIFE
Next time, many of these films reappear as we go through the nominees for Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture Story: Boomerang!, A Cage of Nightingales, Crossfire, Gentleman's Agreement, Great Expectations, It Happened on Fifth Avenue, Kiss of Death, Miracle on 34th Street, and Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman.