Best Film of All Time Hall of Fame

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Some called him a hero. Others called him a heel.

Directed by: Orson Welles

Written by: Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Erskine Sanford

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2003 Cosmique Movie Awards

  • Nominations:  3
  • Awards:  2


Orson Welles' classic Citizen Kane begins and ends with the death of his protagonist Charles Foster Kane, a fictional newspaper magnate modeled after the life of San Francisco Examiner publisher William Randolph Hearst. At his death, Kane whispers the name "Rosebud." The rest of the film is told in flashback as a reporter seeking to unravel the mystery of Kane's deathbed utterance interviews his family and colleagues to learn more about his life. But in the end, the name remains a mystery to the characters (but not the audience).

When Citizen Kane debuted in 1941, it achieved immediate critical acclaim, but won only one of its nine Oscar nominations (Citizen Kane lost Best Picture to How Green Was My Valley?). The film was Orson Welles' third appearance as a writer, director, and actor, and his second as producer. At the time, he career was rising, but though he had other successes later in life, nothing ever matched the acclaim given to Citizen Kane. In fact, Citizen Kane is now hailed by many critics as one of the best - if not the best - film of all time.

At the first Cosmique Movie Awards, Citizen Kane won for Best Dramatic Movie of All Time but did not received any other Cosmo nominations. It was nominated to the Cosmique Movie Awards' Hall of Fame at the second annual awards ceremony in 2002, but lost to All About Eve and Gone With the Wind. At the third ceremony in 2003, Citizen Kane was finally elected to the Hall of Fame.

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