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  • Writer's pictureAugust Sorenson

Oscar Month - 'All About Eve'

It’s Oscar month, and with it, a host of hype and anticipation leading up to the big night on April 25th. Academy alumni hold a total of 110 Oscar nominations, April will be dedicated to remembering the iconic films that have cemented the legacies of so many past alumni.

Critically acclaimed and ranked sixteenth on AFI’s 1998 list of the 100 best American films, preserved in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry (for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and a box office success, the 1950 motion picture “All About Eve” has left a lasting mark on cinema, culture, and the continued creativity of artists for three-quarters of a century.

With two Academy alumni attached to the film—Mary Orr; whose 1946 poem “The Wisdom of Eve” gave the project inspiration, and Thelma Ritter; who was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Birdie—“All About Eve” shattered records when it received 14 nominations (a feat achieved by only two other films: 1997’s “Titanic” and 2016’s “La La Land”) and took home six Academy Awards (including Best Picture), at the 23rd annual Academy Awards in 1951.

The film features a star-studded cast of Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, and a young Marlyn Monroe (in one of her first roles), direction and screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (younger brother to Herman J. Mankiewicz), and Darryl F. Zanuck serving as producer.

A backstage drama centering on Eve Harrington, an aspiring—and cunning—young actress, “All About Eve” delves into the actors and artists in the entertainment industry, with—and without—the glitz and glamor.

Stream the film (in all its glory) from the comfort of your own home.


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