Fixing the Oscars – 1952

Best Picture
THE WINNER: Singin’ in the Rain

– Ikiru
– The Quiet Man (original nominee)
– High Noon (original nominee)
– Forbidden Games (actual 1952 winner Best Foreign Film)
– Umberto D

Best Actor

THE WINNER: Takashi Shimura (Ikiru)

– Gary Cooper (High Noon) (actual 1952 winner)
– Marlon Brando (Viva Zapata!) (original nominee)
– Carlo Battisti (Umberto D)
– Gene Kelly (Singin’ in the Rain)

Best Actress

THE WINNER: Kinuyo Tanaka (The Life of Oharu)

– Maureen O’Hara (The Quiet Man)
– Debbie Reynolds (Singin’ in the Rain)
– Julie Harris (The Member of the Wedding) (original nominee)
– Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba) (actual 1952 winner)
– Bette Davis (The Star) (original nominee)
– Joan Crawford (Sudden Fear) (original nominee)
– Anna Magnani (The Golden Coach)

Best Supporting Actor

THE WINNER: Donald O’Connor (Singin’ in the Rain)

– Anthony Quinn (Viva Zapata!) (actual 1952 winner)
– Barry Fitzgerald (The Quiet Man)
– Jack Palance (Sudden Fear) (original nominee)
– Alberto Soldi (The White Sheik)

Best Supporting Actress

THE WINNER: Jean Hagen (Singin’ in the Rain) (original nominee)

– Katy Jurado (High Noon)
– Maria Pia Casilio (Umberto D)
– Edith Evans (The Importance of Being Earnest)
– Gloria Grahame (The Bad and the Beautiful) (actual 1952 winner)
– Miki Odagiri (Ikiru)

Best Director

THE WINNER: Akira Kurosawa (Ikiru)

– Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly (Singin’ in the Rain)
– Fred Zinnemann (High Noon) (original nominee)
– Vittorio De Sica (Umberto D)
– John Ford (The Quiet Man) (actual 1952 winner)
– Kenji Mizoguchi (The Life of Oharu)

Best Screenplay

THE WINNER: Carl Foreman (High Noon) (original nominee)

– Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Singin’ in the Rain)
– Charles Schnee (The Bad and the Beautiful) (actual 1952 winner)
– Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni (Ikiru)
– Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, Rene Clement, Francois Boyer (Forbidden Games)

Best Cinematography

THE WINNER: Winton C. Hoch, Archie Stout (The Quiet Man) (actual 1952 winner – color)

– Asakazu Nakai (Ikiru)
– Anchise Brizzi, George Fanto, Alberto Fusi, Aldo Graziati, Oberdan Troiani (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice)
– Robert Surtees (The Bad and the Beautiful) (actual 1952 winner – B&W)
– Yoshimi Hirano, Yoshimi Kono (The Life of Oharu)
– Claude Renoir (The Golden Coach)
– Gabriel Figueroa (El)

Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

THE WINNER: Dimitri Tiomkin (High Noon) (actual 1952 winner)

– Victor Young (The Quiet Man)
– Charles Chaplin, Raymond Rasch, Larry Russell (Limelight) (actual 1971 winner)
– David Raskin (The Bad and the Beautiful)

Best Art-Direction

WINNER: Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons, Jacques Mapes, Edwin B. Willis (sets) (Singin’ in the Rain)

– Paul Sheriff (I); Marcel Vertès (Moulin Rouge)
– Luigi Scaccianoce, Alexandre Trauner (The Tragedy of Othello)
– Cedric Gibbons; Edward C. Carfagno; Edwin B. Willis; F. Keogh Gleason (The Bad and the Beautiful)
– Cedric Gibbons; Paul Groesse; Edwin B. Willis; Arthur Krams (The Merry Widow)

Best Costume Desing

WINNER: Walter Plunkett (Singin’ in the Rain)

– Marcel Vertès (Moulin Rouge)
– Roger K. Furse (Ivanhoe)
– Charles Le Maire; Dorothy Jeakins (My Cousin Rachel)
– Marjorie Best, Margaret Furse (The Crimson Pirate)
– Helen Rose (The Bad and the Beautiful)
– uncredited (The Life of Oharu)

Best Editing

WINNER: Elmo Williams; Harry W. Gerstad (II) (High Noon)

– Adrienne Fazan (Singin’ in the Rain)
– John Shepridge, Renzo Lucidi, William Morton, Jean Sacha (The Tragedy of Othello)

Best Music, Song

WINNER: Dimitri Tiomkin (music); Ned Washington (lyrics) “For the song “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’)” (High Noon)

– Frank Loesser “Inchworm” (Hans Christian Anderson)

Best Short Film

WINNER: Feed the Kitty (WB/Chuck Jones)

– Neighbours (NFBC/Norman McLaren)
– Rabbit Seasoning (WB/Chuck Jones)
– Magical Maestro (MGM/Tex Avery)
– Johann Mouse (MGM/William Hanna & Joseph Barbera, w/Tom & Jerry)

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