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Based on Mary Jane Ward's best-selling novel, the film The Snake Pit was nominated for six Academy Awards®: Best Actress (Olivia de Havilland), Director (Anatole Litvak), Picture, Music, Writing, and Sound, for which it won. The 1948 film, which follows the story of a woman grappling with mental illness, broke cinematic ground with its unflinching portrayal of the sometimes inhumane practices of psychiatric care. Virginia Cunningham (de Havilland) appeared to have had an idyllic life – a nice home, a loving husband and prospects for a writing career. But, something just wasn't right. Confusion, doubts about her husband's love, even violent outbursts led Virginia to be confined in a mental institution. She is put through a series of brutal treatments, including being forced into close quarters with patients whose disorders far exceed her own. The belief – the shock of the experience will return her to sanity. De Havilland's gripping turn as a woman desperately trying to return to normalcy in "The Snake Pit" is supported with an outstanding ensemble cast, including Leo Genn, Celeste Holm and Mark Stevens.