Best Actor, 1951
Marlon Brando (A Streetcar Named Desire), Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen - winner), Montgomery Clift (A Place in the Sun), Arthur Kennedy (Bright Victory), Fredric March (Death of a Salesman)
Brando and Bogart would compete for the gold again, but this first meeting feels like the changing of the guard. Though the grizzled Golden-Age star took home the trophy (his first and only win) for his romantic adventure with Katharine Hepburn, the Method actor's indelible, animalistic turn as Stanley Kowalski marked the moment a star (or perhaps a "Stella!!!!") was born. Brando would be nominated again in 1952 and 1953 before winning for On the Waterfront in 1954, a hot streak that only Al Pacino would equal among actors (though Bette Davis and Greer Garson topped him with five straight nods).