Fixing the Oscars – 1953

Best Picture (English-Language)

Winner: From Here to Eternity (original winner)

– Shane (original nominee)
– Roman Holiday (original nominee)
– Julius Caesar (original nominee)
– The Band Wagon
– The Big Heat

Best Picture (In another language)

Winner: Ugetsu

– Tokyo Monogatori (Tokyo Story)
– La salaire de la peur (Wages of Fear)
– Madame de … (The Earrings of Madame de … )
– I Vitelloni

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Montgomery Clift (From Here to Eternity) (original nominee)

– William Holden (Stalag 17) (original winner)
– Chisu Ryu (Tokyo Story)
– James Stewart (The Naked Spur)
– Alan Ladd (Shane)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Winner: Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday) (original winner)

– Marilyn Monroe (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
– Deborah Kerr (From Here to Eternity) (original nominee)
– Danielle Darrieux (The Earrings of Madame de …)
– Chieko Hagashiyama (Tokyo Story)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner: Marlon Brando (Julius Caesar) (original nominee as Best Actor)

– Jack Palance (Shane) (original nominee)
– Frank Sinatra (From Here to Eternity) (original winner)
– Jack Buchanan (The Band Wagon)
– Alberto Sordi (I Vitelloni)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner: Gloria Grahame (The Big Heat)

– Donna Reed (From Here to Eternity) (original winner)
– Thelma Ritter (Pickup on South Street) (original nominee)
– Setsuyo Hara (Tokyo Story)
– Machiko Kyo (Ugetsu)
– Nanette Fabray (The Band Wagon)
– Kinuyu Tanaka (Ugetsu)
– Jean Arthur (Shane)

Best Director

Winner: Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugetsu)

– George Stevens (Shane) (original nominee)
– Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story)
– Max Ophuls (The Earrings of Madame de …)
– Anthony Mann (The Naked Spur)

Best Screenplay

Winner: Koga Noda, Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story)

– Daniel Taradash (From Here to Eternity)
– Matsutarô Kawaguchi & Yoshikata Yoda (Ugetsu)
– Betty Comden; Adolph Green (The Band Wagon) (original nominee)
– Sam Rolfe; Harold Jack Bloom (The Naked Spur) (original nominee)
– A. B. Guthrie Jr. (Shane)
– Marcel Achard; Max Ophuls; Annette Wademant (The Earrings of Madame de …)
– Sidney Boehm (The Big Heat)
– William Archibald, George Tabori (I Confess)

Best Cinematography

Winner: Kazuo Miyagawa (Ugetsu)

– Loyal Griggs (Shane) (original winner – Color Cinematography)
– Christian Matras (The Earrings of Madame de …)
– William C. Mellor (The Naked Spur)
– Harry J. Wild (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)

Best Dramatic/Comedy Score

Winner: Irving Gertz, Henri Mancini, Herman Stein (It Came from Outer Space)

– Morris Stoloff; George Duning (From Here to Eternity)
– Victor Young (Shane)
– Miklos Rosza (Julius Caesar)
– Alfred Newman (The Robe)
– Nino Rota (I Vitelloni)

Best Editing

THE WINNER: Le Salaire de la peur (Madeleine Gug, Etiennette Muse, Henri Rust)

– Madame de… (Borys Lewin)
– From Here To Eternity (William Lyon) – 6 (original winner)
– Ugetsu (Mitsuzô Miyata)
– The Band Wagon (Albert Akst)
– Niagara (Barbara McLean)
– Pickup on South Street (Nick De Maggio)

Best Art-Direction

THE WINNER: 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. (Rudolph Sternad, Cary Odell, William Kiernan)

– Julius Caesar (Edward Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons, Hugh Hunt, Edwin B. Willis) (original winner)
– The Band Wagon (Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons, Keogh Gleason, Edwin B. Willis)
– Madame de… (Jean d’Eaubonne)
– Invaders from Mars (William Cameron Menzies, Boris Levin)

Best Costume Design

THE WINNER: The Band Wagon (Mary Ann Nyberg) (original nominee)

– Ugetsu (Kusune Kainosho)
– The Robe (Charles Le Maire, Emile Santiago)(original winner)
– Roman Holiday (Edith Head)(original winner)
– Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Travilla)

Best Song

THE WINNER: That’s Entertainment, by Arthur Schwartz & Howard Dietz, from the movie “The Band Wagon”

– Second Star To The Right, by Sammy Fain & Sammy Cahn, from the movie “Peter Pan”
– Secret Love, by Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster, from the movie “Calamity Jane” (original winner)
– When Love Goes Wrong, by Hoagy Carmichael & Harold Adamson, from the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

Best Short

THE WINNER: Duck Amuck (WB/Chuck Jones, w/Daffy Duck)

– Duck Dodgers in the 24_th Century (WB/Chuck Jones, w/Daffy Duck, Porky Pig & Marvin the Martin)
– Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (Disney/Ward Kimball & Charles A. Nichols) (original winner, “best cartoon”)
– Duck! Rabbit! Duck! (WB/Chuck Jones, w/Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck & Elmer Fudd)

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