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50 Years of Film History
Can you pick the missing words in this year-by-year history of film from 1950 to 2000?
Updated Mar 10, 2016
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1950: Film theater attendance drastically declines due to the rise of ___
1950: Producer Darryl F. Zanuck's 'All About ___' earns a then-unmatched record of 14 Academy Award nominations and wins six
1950: James Dean participates in a ___-Cola commercial — his first acting job (paying $30)
1951: The House Un-American Activities Committee opens hearings to investigate ___ in the film industry, leading to the blacklisting of over 200 in Hollywood professionals
1951: 'A ___ Named Desire' is the first film to win three Acting Oscars
1952: Paramount launches ___, a breakthrough, wrap-around big-screen that requires three cameras and projectors
1952: Although generally considered the greatest screen musical of all time, 'Singin' in the ___' receives only two Oscar nominations
1952: Charles Chaplin releases '___,' his last U.S. film
1953: Otto Preminger's 'The Moon Is Blue' uses the then-forbidden word '___,' which leads to picket lines
1953: Actress Ida ___ (one of the few female directors of her era) directs the noirish B-film drama 'The Hitch-Hiker'
1953: For the first time, the Academy Awards are televised; Bob ___ is host
1953: Hugh Hefner publishes the first issue of Playboy; it has emerging starlet Marilyn ___ on the cover
1954: Dorothy ___ becomes the first African-American nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress
1954: Japan gives birth to the long-running series of ___ monster films with Ishiro Honda's 'Gojira'
1954: '___', directed by and starring Jack Webb, is the first theatrical film based on a TV show of the same name
1955: 'Lady and the ___' is the first full-length Disney animated film based on an original story rather than an established classic
1956: Federico Fellini's 'La ___' is the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film (even though it was released in 1954)
1956: 'The ___ of Oz' is first feature-length film broadcast on a major TV network in its original, uncut form
1956: Columbia's 15-part 'Blazing the Overland Trail' is Hollywood's last ___, marking the end of the popular film format
1957: Roger Vadim's '...And God Created ___,' featuring international French starlet Brigitte Bardot, ushers in a new level of sexuality into films
1957: 'The Curse of ___' marks the first time famed Universal monster appears in color
1959: The Biblical epic 'Ben-___' is the first film to win eleven Oscars
1959: ___ Brando becomes the first actor to be paid $1 million for a single film role
1960: Alfred Hitchcock's psychological horror-thriller 'Psycho' terrifies audiences and features the famous shrieking-violin score by Bernard ___
1960: ___ Wilder's 'The Apartment' is the last black-and-white film to win the Best Picture Oscar until 'Schindler's List'
1960: Joanne ___ is the first performer to have her name in a sidewalk star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1960: Jean-Luc Godard first feature-length film, the low-budget 'Breathless,' becomes the cornerstone film of the French New ___
1961: Sophia ___ is the first foreign-language performer to win the Oscar for Best Actress
1962: 'Dr. ___' launches the long-running, highly successful James Bond franchise
1962: Virtually unknown Irish stage actor Peter ___ debuts in David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia'
1962: Patty ___ becomes the first minor to win a competitive Oscar, earning it for her role as Helen Keller
1963: Sidney ___ becomes the first African-American to win the Best Actor Oscar
1963: The first theater originally designed as a ___ (multiple-screens) opens in Kansas City
1963: In the unrated sex farce 'Promises! Promises!', Jayne ___ becomes the first mainstream actress to appear nude in an American feature sound film
1964: The mockumentary 'A Hard Day's Night,' the first film to feature the ___, premieres
1964: Future U.S. President Ronald ___ appears in his last film, Don Siegel's 'The Killers'
1965: The film version of the Broadway musical 'The ___ of Music' surpasses 'Gone With the Wind' as the number one box office hit of all time
1966: 'Georgy Girl' starring Lynn Redgrave becomes the first film to carry the label 'suggested for ___ audiences'
1966: 'Who's Afraid of ___ Woolf?' is the first film containing profane expletives and frank sexual content to receive the MPAA Production Code approval
1967: Sergio Leone's 'A Fistful of Dollars' opens in the U.S.; it is considered the first '___' western
1967: Mike Nichols becomes the first director to earn $1 million to direct a film — the Dustin Hoffman-starrer 'The ___'
1967: The American Film ___ is founded with the mission to 'preserve the legacy of America's film heritage'
1968: Brian De Palma's 'Greetings' is the first film in the U.S. to receive MPAA's new ___ rating
1968: George A. Romero's cheap, stark, black-and-white horror film 'Night of the Living ___' is highly influential in launching 'splatter' film
1968: The Oscar ceremony is delayed two days due to assassination of Martin Luther ___, Jr.
1968: Katharine ___ becomes the first person to win three Academy Awards in the Best Actor/Best Actress categories
1969: Elvis ___'s film career ends with the release of 'Change of Habit'
1969: Sony introduces a new device — the ___ recorder for home use
1969: Dennis Hopper's low-budget, anti-establishment film 'Easy ___' helps launch a new wave of independent film-making in Hollywood
1969: Director Roman Polanski's pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, is brutally murdered by members of Charles ___ family
1969: With the release of 'The ___ Tree,' Gordon Parks becomes the first black director of a major U.S. studio feature film
1970: George C. Scott wins the Best Actor Oscar for '___' and becomes the first person to decline the award
1970: 'Airport' launches the ___ film craze of the 1970s
1970: The ___ wide-screen format premieres at the Fuji Pavilion in Osaka, Japan
1971: Clint Eastwood stars in '___ Harry,' an action thriller that spawned numerous sequels and became a classic of the police film genre
1972: Francis Ford Coppola's 'The ___' becomes the first U.S. film to gross over $100 million domestically
1973: To maximize profits from weekend audiences, the industry moves major film openings from mid-week to ___
1973: In negotiations with Fox, George Lucas cuts his directing fee for 'Star ___' by $500,000 to gain ownership of merchandising and sequel rights
1974: Tobe Hooper's milestone cult slasher film 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' is released, inspired by real-life serial killer Ed ___
1974: Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather, Part II' becomes the first ___ to win Best Picture
1975: ___ Forman's 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' is the first film to win all five major Academy Awards since 1934
1975: Steven Spielberg's '___' is the first modern blockbuster film, earning over $450 million worldwide
1975: In order to create the necessary special effects for his film, Star Wars, George Lucas forms Industrial Light & ___
1976: The low-budget phenomenally successful 'sleeper' film '___' turns the unknown Sylvester Stallone into a major star
1976: Italian film director Lina ___ becomes the first woman to be nominated for Best Director
1976: Peter Finch receives the Best Actor Oscar for his role in 'Network,' becoming the first to win the award ___
1977: Woody Allen's semi-autobiographical romantic comedy 'Annie ___,' a marked departure from his earlier comedies, wins the Best Picture
1978: Vietnam Era films began to appear, with Michael Cimino's 'The Deer ___' winning Best Picture
1978: John Carpenter's low-budget film '___' launches the teen slasher genre
1978: John Belushi-starrer 'Animal ___' is the first comedy to earn over $100 million
1980: 36-year-old Sherry ___ becomes the first female to head a major studio
1980: Robert Redford establishes the ___ Institute
1981: For the first time at the Academy Awards, there is a competitive Oscar for Best ___; it goes to 'An American Werewolf in London'
1981: The Golden Raspberry Awards are founded, with 'Can't Stop the Music' winning ___ Picture
1982: 'Saturday Night Live' regular Eddie ___ debuts in '48 Hrs.', becoming the first actor to earn $1 million for his first film
1982: Soft-drink giant Coca Cola Company buys ___ Pictures
1984: Linda ___ wins Best Supporting Actress for playing a man in 'The Year of Living Dangerously,' becoming the first actress to win for playing the opposite sex
1984: The ___ film rating is introduced
1984: Jonathan Demme's 'Stop Making Sense,' featuring the rock band Talking Heads, is notable for being the first film with all-___ sound
1985: The first ___ Video store opens in Dallas, Texas
1985: 'The Black Cauldron' is Disney's first ___-rated animated film
1985: 'Topper' (1937) becomes the first black-and-white film to be ___ for video
1986: Apple Computer's Steve Jobs buys the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm and renames it ___
1986: Spike Lee independently produces his breakthrough debut film 'She's ___ Have It'
1986: ___ Matlin is the first deaf actress to be nominated for and win the Best Actress Oscar
1988: Martin Scorsese's 'The Last Temptation of ___' opens in nine cities despite objections by some Christians and religious groups
1989: Jessica ___ becomes the oldest performer to win the Best Actress Oscar, earning it for 'Driving Miss Daisy'
1990: Philip Kaufman's adult-oriented 'Henry & June' prompts a change in the ratings system; it is the first film to receive an ___ rating
1990: Joe Eszterhas sells his script for the erotic thriller 'Basic ___' for a record $3 million
1991: Disney's 'Beauty and the ___' is the first fully animated feature film to be nominated for Best Picture
1991: John Singleton's '___ 'N the Hood' becomes the first mainstream film to explore gang violence in urban America
1992: Former video-store clerk Quentin Tarantino releases his debut feature film, the bloody crime drama '___ Dogs'
1994: ___ Classic Movies, a 24-hour commercial-free network for programming classic films, is launched
1994: Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen form the film studio ___ SKG
1995: '___ Story' is the first totally-digital (or computer-generated) feature-length animated film
1996: Kenneth Branagh's '___' is the first unabridged, 'full-length' cinematic version in film history of the William Shakespeare tragedy
1997: James Cameron's '___,' the most expensive film at the time of its release, becomes the highest-grossing film of all time
1998: Consumers modify their movie-watching habits when ___ offers postal shipping of rented DVDs
1999: The low-budget (about $60,000) horror film 'The ___ Witch Project' grosses $249 million worldwide, making it the most profitable film in history
2000: The Wachowski's scifi action film 'The ___' becomes the best-selling DVD of all time
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