MARILYN AND THE OSCARS

*Marilyn attending her one and only Academy Awards Ceremony as the presenter of the “Best Sound Mixing Award.”  The host for the night was Fred Astaire.*

This coming weekend sees the 91st Academy Awards Ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

         *Marilyn Monroe presenting the Oscar for ‘Best Sound Mixing Award’ to Thomas Moulton for his work in “All About Eve.”*

Marilyn only ever attended one Oscar Award Ceremony and that was on March 29th 1951.  Held at the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, Marilyn presented the ‘Best Sound Mixing Award’ to Thomas Moulton, for his work in “All About Eve” which Marilyn also had a supporting role in.

“All About Eve” would go on to win a further 5 Awards and was nominated a staggering 14 times. “All About Eve” received more nominations than any other film in Oscar History, until 1997 when “Titanic” tied the record.  Marilyn surely must have felt an enormous sense of pride to have been involved (no matter how small a part she had) in such a highly respected and multi award winning movie.

Marilyn wore an evening gown of black tulle by desginer Charles LeMaire.  The extremely low-cut sweetheart neckline was obscured with a layer of tulle that could be worn up over the shoulders, or pulled down.  Clusters of sequins brightened up the many yards of fabric that made up the skirt.  Shortly before taking the stage, Marilyn noticed that the skirt was torn.  She panicked and while Jane Greer, Debra Paget and Gloria DeHaven soothed her nerves, a seamstress rushed over and repaired the damage.  The gown was a hand-me-down, originally worn by Valentia Cortese in ‘The House on Telegraph Hill,’ filmed several months before this event.

Although Marilyn herself as an Actress would never go on to win, or even be nominated for an Academy Award, some of her feature films were:

The Academy Awards 1961
LET’S MAKE LOVE

NOMINATED:
“Best Music/ Scoring of an Original Picture- Lionel Newman and Earle Hagen.”

The Academy Awards 1960
SOME LIKE IT HOT

WON:
“Best Costume Design, Black and White.”

NOMINATED:
“Best Actor in a Leading Role- Jack Lemmon.”
“Best Director- Billy Wilder.”
“Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium- Billy Wilder, I.A.L Diamond.”
“Best Cinematography, Black and White- Charles Lang.”
“Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Black and White- Ted Haworth and Edward G. Boyle.”

The Academy Awards 1957
BUS STOP

NOMINATED:
“Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Don Muray.”

The Academy Awards 1955
THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS

NOMINATED:
“Best Writing/Motion Picture Story- Lamar Trotti.”
“Best Costume Design-Colour- Travilla, Charles Le Maire and Miles White.”

The Academy Awards 1954
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE

NOMINATED:
“Best Costume Design- Colour- Travilla and Charles Le Maire.”

The 1951 Academy Awards
ALL ABOUT EVE

WON:
“Best Picture- Darryl F. Zanuck.”
“Best Director- Joseph L. Mankiewicz.”
“Best Actor in a Supporting Role- George Sanders.”
“Best Writing/Screenplay – Joseph L. Mankiewicz.”
“Best Costume Design Black and White- Charles Le Maire and Edith Head.”
“Best Sound Recording- Thomas T. Moulton.”

NOMINATED:

“Best Actress in a Leading Role- Bette Davis.”
“Best Actress in a Leading Role- Anne Baxter.”
“Best Actress in a Supporting Role- Celeste Holm.”
“Best Actress in a Supporting Role- Thelma Ritter.”
“Best Cinematography, Black-and-White- Milton S. Kranser.”
“Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White- George W. Davis, Thomas Little, Walter M. Scott, Lyle R. Wheeler.”
“Best Film Editing- Barbara MaClean.”
“Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture- Alfred Newman.”

Sources:
“Marilyn In Fashion: The Enduring Influence Of Marilyn Monroe” by Christopher Nickens and George Zeno.

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