The 25th Academy Awards - 1953
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
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
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?
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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