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The 25th Academy Awards - 1953

Updated on July 19, 2013
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Mary has been a movie fan since she was a little girl. She watched movies every night of the week on Million Dollar Theater..

Shirley Temple


Academy Awards Background

Each year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gives out awards, commonly called Oscars, that recognize excellence in the Motion Picture Industry.

In the history of the Academy Awards there have only been five times when a tie was the final result of voting for the winners:

  • 1949: "A Chance to Live" and "So Much for So Little" tied for Best Documentary Short.
  • 1968: Barbara Streisand and Katherine Hepburn tied for Best Actress for "Funny Girl" and "The Lion in Winter."
  • 1986: "Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got" and "Down and Out in America" tied for Best Documentary Feature.
  • 1995: Franz Kafka's "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Trevor" tied for Best Live-Action Short.
  • 2013: "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall" tied for Best Sound Editing.

Over the years the fashions seen at the Academy Awards have become almost as popular as the Awards themselves. People watchers, star gazers and every magazine around shows up to judge the fashions being worn at the Academy Awards. You could say the Fashion Police are on patrol! Probably the most well known of all the Fashion Police is Joan Rivers. If you search the Internet you will find site after site proclaiming "Joan Rivers Slams insert name here". The list is lengthy.

In taking a look back, Shirley Temple was the youngest person to ever win an Academy Award, when she was five years old. Henry Fonda was the oldest actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, he was 76 and the movie was "On Golden Pond".

Let's take a look at the films from 1952, the year for which the 1953 Academy Awards were given.

The First Televised Academy Awards - click "Watch on YouTube"

Quotes from The Greatest Show On Earth

  • Listen, sugar, the only way that you can keep me warm is to wrap me up in a marriage license.
  • I'd hate to have your nerve in a tooth!
  • Buttons: Clowns are funny people, they only love once.
    Holly: All men aren't that way, even if they act like clowns.

The Greatest Show on Earth

Awarded the Best Motion Picture and the Best Story Awards, though I don't know if I agree with the Best Story Award. It is a drama starring one of my favorites, Charlton Heston. Also starring are Betty Hutton and Cornel Wilde and Jimmy Stewart as Buttons the Clown. I think the title of the film gives away the setting, that of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Directed by Cecile B.DeMille, you know its an extravaganza of a circus film.

Life under the big top is filled with romance, love triangles, jealousy and intrigue. The focus is on the trapeze and the trapeze artists, the ringmaster, the clown and elephant trainer. The pressure of a circus losing money adds to the drama and pressure put on everyone. Betty Hutton's character Holly, a star trapeze artist, is bumped by Cornel Wilde's character, Sebastian, a more famous trapeze artist. With that beginning the action starts. Of course Holly blames Brad who promised her the starring slot but says she understands he must put the circus first.

Adding to the drama, Sebastian falls off the trapeze, which didn't have a net and breaks his arm. He is treated by the clown, Buttons, who no one has ever seen without his makeup. You know this is leading up to something. Then of course there is the elephant trainer Angel, who Brad turns to when Holly starts a romance with Sebastian. Her would be lover Klaus, is extremely jealous and vindictive. Confused? Watch the movie and see where these sad love stories end up, after the train crash!

The Train Wreck

Quiet Man Photos

The Quiet Man Cottage has been moved into the village of Cong to promote tourism.
The Quiet Man Cottage has been moved into the village of Cong to promote tourism. | Source
The clothes Maureen O'Hara wore in "The Quiet Man" are still in the cottage at Cong, Ireland.
The clothes Maureen O'Hara wore in "The Quiet Man" are still in the cottage at Cong, Ireland. | Source

The Quiet Man

One of my very favorite movies starring none other than John Wayne. This movie was awarded the Best Director and Best Cinematography. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Art Direction, Best Sound, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Directed by John Ford and also starring Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaughlin, and Barry Fitzgerald, this is a classic!

John Thornton (John Wayne) returns to the land of his family to buy the family farm in Innisfree. He meets and falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful Mary Kate Danagher (Maureen O'Hara). You know of course this isn't going to be an easy romance. Mary Kate is intrigued with John Thornton but living in Ireland things are done following the old ways. Of course her stubborn rather loud-mouthed brother Will refuses to give his permission for them to marry and the whole town gets involved in tricking Will into consenting to the marriage. Even after his consent is given, its not over. There's the matter of Mary Kate's dowry to be settled.

There are so many great scenes in this movie its hard to tell you about all of them. The horse race, Mary Kate leaving John Thornton and being dragged back home, the Catholic priest and the and of course the most memorable of all, the fight between John Thornton and Will Danagher. You don't watch this movie every St. Patrick's Day? Ah gee, its time to see it.

The Quiet Man Trailer

Gary Cooper


High Noon

This movie was the winner of four Academy Awards; Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, and Best Music, Song. This was also Gary Cooper at his best. Yes, it is a western. There are, however, no chase scenes with horses and riders running down other horses and riders. Yes, there are good guys and bad guys, but more than that this is the story of one man and his battle with his conscience.

There are few people unaware of this movie. Though it doesn't follow the western norm, it does star Gary Cooper as the Marshal. He is faced with a town that won't help him and a killer looking for revenge, that will not go away.

This was actually a very controversial movie with many saying it was representative of, according to critics, several things. The blacklisting of the time, the Korean War, the fall of democracy. Even John Wayne condemned the film saying he didn't like the portrayal of a cowardly Marshal.

It is a difficult movie to watch. You sympathize with the Marshal (Gary Cooper) who looks gaunt and tired throughout the movie. It was said he was actually sick at the time of filming, suffering from a recurring hip problem, bleeding stomach ulcers, and lower back pain, and the break up with his former girlfriend, Patricia Neal.

So, now that you have the low down, why not watch this film and decide for yourself.

High Noon: Waiting for the Killer

Other Films Nominated for Various Awards in 1953

  • Five Fingers
  • Come Back Little Sheba
  • Sudden Fear
  • The Star
  • The Bad and the Beautiful
  • Viva Zapata!
  • With a Song in My Heart
  • The Member of the Wedding
  • The Lavender Hill Mob
  • My Cousin Rachel

Do you think The Greatest Show on Earth should have won the Award for best Picture?

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Every year the Academy Awards brings us the greats! Looking at the past Award winners we can choose which ones we'd like to see again or for the first time, using the Awards as our guide. I hope you've enjoyed reading about these Awards. I'd love to know which are your favorites, or how you feel about them so please leave a comment.

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Well drgj, I have over 50 years to go ;)

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      I remember The Greatest Show on Earth, High Noon and The Bad and the Beautiful, Mary. Those were my favorite films that year. Your wonderful reviews make me want to see them all over again. Really! Don't stop.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Oh Effer, I am so proud to call a professional reader my dear friend! You are one of the reasons I do what I do, writing alone is okay, but sharing it is where the joy is.

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Till.....Have I told you lately, how damned talented you are? You do an absolutely bang-up job at "reviews"....whether it be, a Show, Movie or book.

      Seriously, gf. From day have soared like an Eagle....and evolved into the most fabulous writer! I sincerely love your work. You engage, educate and entertain.

      How would I know this? Because I AM AN EXPERT, PROFESSIONAL READER!!.....and WHO knows good writers, better than good readers??! I'm proud of you. I admire your incredible motivation, Til!.........UP++

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Glad to hear you are on top of these movies avianvoice ;)

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yep, I think I got to see all of them. You just can't beat the classics. Another wonderful description on the Awards.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I'm glad you keep reading these Vinaya, good to be able to introduce you to new movies!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Mary, this is another great hub on the Academy award series. Though I don't recognize the movies and the artists, I will definitely try to watch one or two.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks WND. Guess you'll have to see "The Greatest Show on Earth" again to catch Jimmy Stewart!

      Faith, I try to "beef" up each hub with some facts. I'm really having to dig now though! The photos I used for "Quiet Man" were taken when we were in Ireland visiting the Quiet Man Cottage. Thanks for the votes and shares. God bless.

      Okay Mhatter, for some of us 1953 isn't that old ;)

      DDE, I'm really glad you continue to enjoy my hubs!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and informative, you know how to enlighten me on these awards, I learn something more everytime I read your hubs thanks

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this.It blows me away, when reading you hubs on these, that these movies were still in movies when I was going.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Mary (Till),

      I just love this series you have going on here, and I am always amazed at the amount of details you include here for each year. 1953 was another great year I see. I love High Noon and Gary Cooper best. However, Bob Hope was always great in my eyes. Your photos of Quiet Man are very interesting and thank you for sharing them here. I have not seen Quiet Man, but I want to now.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Keep of the excellent work!

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      6 years ago from Alabama

      I always enjoyed Shirley Temple movies. I am hoping that she enjoyed doing them.

      I missed Jimmy Stewart as the clown!

      Thanks for the great information. You are doing a great job.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Joe, I have about four dresses in mind for our marathon movie watch! Wouldn't that be grand? Who better to do that with than fellow hubber BBs. I must admit, I like the way you think, and not just because you called me a star. Though, that doesn't hurt your case ;)

      Seriously, I am so glad you are enjoying my "niche" and coming back for more! Aloha to you too my friend. I hope everyone reads your wonderful interview BTW.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      You know my dream, Mary? I wish at some point, we Baby Boomer Hubbers and those of any generation who love the old time movies could have a massive (no, not coronary!) get-together and watch a marathon session of black and white classics! We could even dress up in the styles of the era! Wouldn't that be grand? That said, I sure had a crush on Shirley Temple back then, even though--in reality--she might have been old enough to be my mother. LOL! Thanks for getting better and better with the articles in this niche, Mary! You're amazing! But, of course, you're a BB star! Aloha, and have a nice weekend, my friend!


    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      There will never be another Bob Hope, his comedy, his generosity, his personality...what more can I say. I'll try to keep 'em coming Bill.

      Sheri, thanks for the nice comment.

      PaisleeGall, Shirley Booth won for "Come Back Little Sheba"...I can remember crying with my mother as we watched that one.

      Yes xstatic, it was a gripping story, much more so than many westerns. Thanks for reading and leaving such a good comment.

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Another wonderful year at the movies! Great hub Mary, and a good reminder of some I want to watch again. My vote for Best Movie would be High Noon, a really gripping story. That John Wayne did not like it reinforces my opinion. Gary Cooper was always great. Viva Zapata and Five Fingers were excellent as well.

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      Pat Materna 

      6 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      Another good recap of the Oscars. Do have a question tho. Who won Best Actress that year?

      Keep up the good work! Voted up!

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      Sheri Dusseault 

      6 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Another good one. I will be sorry when you run out of years!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bob Hope was so good doing that show....oh how I miss him.

      I remember the whole family would watch that event and we just loved it.

      And yes, I have seen all of those movies.

      You know I love this series....thankfully you still have a lot of years to do.

      Well done my friend.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Carol. I figure when you're writing a series you need to spice it up a bit as it goes on or people will get bored ;) Thanks for the vote and share.

      Kosmo, how nice of you to stop by. I am sorry you're having trouble with the Bob Hope video, as it seems everyone else will. If you click on "Watch on YouTube" you can still see it.

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      Kelley Marks 

      6 years ago from California

      Very good hub. I was hoping to watch the video with Bob Hope but it's been disabled. I hate it when YouTube does that! Anyway, the clip with Gary Cooper was fun to watch. Also, doing hubs for each year's Oscar ceremony is a very good idea. Later!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I love all the extra information you throw in about the stars etc. Great hub and they seem to get better and better--if that is possible. Voting up and sharing.


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