Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1953
A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1953, From Here to Eternity gets top honors.
NOMINEES: From Here to Eternity, Julius Caesar, The Robe, Roman Holiday, Shane
THE WINNER: From Here to Eternity (Columbia)
DIRECTOR: Fred Zinnemann
PLAYERS: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed
NOMINEES: Marlon Brando (Julius Caesar); Richard Burton (The Robe); Montgomery Clift (From Here to Eternity); William Holden (Stalag 17); Burt Lancaster (From Here to Eternity)
THE WINNER: William Holden
NOMINEES: Leslie Caron (Lili); Ava Gardner (Mogambo); Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday); Deborah Kerr (From Here to Eternity); Maggie McNamara (The Moon Is Blue)
THE WINNER: Audrey Hepburn
Behind the Oscar
No surprises in the running this year, but some emotional highlights and some startling gaffes. TV committed most of the gaffes by cutting to commercials right in the middle of acceptance speeches, angering William Holden, one of the victims of a cutoff, and prompting him to expound backstage on a system which valued commercials over program content. Frank Sinatra received an emotional response to his winning of the Oscar for his comeback in the supporting role of Maggio in From Here to Eternity, a part he wanted so much that he worked for practically nothing. His gamble paid off and his near-defunct career came alive.
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