Oscars 1953: Winners and Nominees of the 25th Academy Awards

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These movies have won or been nominated for the Oscars 1953 on 03/19/1953.

The 25th Academy Awards ceremony was held on March 19, 1953. It took place at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, and the NBC International Theatre in New York City. It was the first Academy Awards ceremony to be televised, and the first ceremony to be held in Hollywood and New York City simultaneously. It was also the only year that the New York ceremonies were to be held in the NBC International Theatre on Columbus Circle, which was shortly thereafter demolished and replaced by the New York Coliseum convention center. A major upset occurred when the heavily favored High Noon lost to Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth, eventually considered among the worst films to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The American film magazine Premiere listed the film among the 10 worst Oscar winners and the British film magazine Empire rated it #3 on their list of the 10 worst Oscar winners. It has the lowest spot on Rotten Tomatoes' list of the 91 films to win Best Picture. Of all the films nominated for the Oscar this year, only High Noon, and Singin' in the Rain would show up 46 years later on the American Film Institute list of the greatest American films of the 20th Century. For a film that only received two nominations, Singin' in the Rain went on to be named as ... ()

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| 1h 28min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 622 votes)

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, "Rashomon" is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.

Singin' in the Rain(1952)

4.1/5 (with 975 votes)

In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

The Quiet Man(1952)

| 2h 9min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 144 votes)

An American man returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love and conflict.

High Noon(1952)

1h 25min | Western, Thriller, Drama
3.9/5 (with 432 votes)

Will Kane, the sheriff of a small town in New Mexico, learns a notorious outlaw he put in jail has been freed, and will be arriving on the noon train. Knowing the outlaw and his gang are coming to kill him, Kane is determined to stand his ground, so he gathers a posse from among the local townspeople.

The Bad and the Beautiful(1952)

| 1h 58min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 68 votes)

Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer, Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer, James Lee Bartlow; a star, Georgia Lorrison; and a director, Fred Amiel. He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top movie makers.


3.5/5 (with 50 votes)

Sir Walter Scott's classic story of the chivalrous Ivanhoe who joins with Robin of Locksley in the fight against Prince John and for the return of King Richard the Lionheart.

Forbidden Games(1952)

1h 27min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 86 votes)

Orphaned after a Nazi air raid, Paulette, a young Parisian girl, runs into Michel, an older peasant boy, and the two quickly become close. Together, they try to make sense of the chaotic and crumbling world around them, attempting to cope with death as they create a burial ground for Paulette's deceased pet dog. Eventually, however, Paulette's stay with Michel's family is threatened by the harsh realities of wartime.

The Greatest Show on Earth(1952)

3.2/5 (with 64 votes)

To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground.

The Lavender Hill Mob(1951)

1h 18min | Comedy, Crime
3.6/5 (with 63 votes)

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipments of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country.

Sudden Fear(1952)

1h 50min | Drama, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 32 votes)

Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra romancing her. Is he sincere, or does he have a dark ulterior motive?

The Narrow Margin(1952)

1h 11min | Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 39 votes)

A tough cop meets his match when he has to guard a gangster's widow on a tense train ride.

Moulin Rouge(1952)

1h 59min | Drama, Music
3.4/5 (with 24 votes)

Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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Viva Zapata!(1952)

1h 53min | History, Western
3.5/5 (with 62 votes)

The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century.

The Man in the White Suit(1951)

1h 25min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 47 votes)

The unassuming, nebbishy inventor Sidney Stratton creates a miraculous fabric that will never be dirty or worn out. Clearly he can make a fortune selling clothes made of the material, but may cause a crisis in the process. After all, once someone buys one of his suits they won't ever have to fix them or buy another one, and the clothing industry will collapse overnight. Nevertheless, Sidney is determined to put his invention on the market, forcing the clothing factory bigwigs to resort to more desperate measures...

The Snows of Kilimanjaro(1952)

| 1h 57min | Adventure, Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.0/5 (with 24 votes)

Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Hans Christian Andersen(1952)

3.2/5 (with 18 votes)

A small-town shoemaker with a knack for spinning yarns, Hans encounters happiness and heartbreak on his road to becoming a full-fledged writer.

5 Fingers(1952)

| 1h 48min | Drama, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 24 votes)

During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.

Come Back, Little Sheba(1952)

| 1h 36min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.9/5 (with 9 votes)

A mismatched couple's marital problems come to the surface when the husband develops an interest in their pretty boarder.

Million Dollar Mermaid(1952)

1h 55min | Drama, Music
3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

After overcoming polio, Annette Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

The Star(1952)

| 1h 29min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 14 votes)

A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but continues to desire a comeback.

The Sound Barrier(1952)

1h 58min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.5/5 (with 16 votes)

Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.

Affair in Trinidad(1952)

| 1h 38min | Thriller, Mystery, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 13 votes)

A nightclub singer enlists her brother-in-law to track down her husband's killer.

Plymouth Adventure(1952)

1h 45min | Adventure, Drama, History
2.7/5 (with 5 votes)

The story of the voyage of the "Mayflower" in its historic voyage across the Atlantic to the New World. The passenger list includes John Alden and Priscilla Mullins among those who made the 96-day storm-filled crossing. Along the way the Captain has an ill-starred romance with the wife of a religious fanatic that ends in a sudden, dramatic way off the coast of Cape Cod.

The Sniper(1952)

1h 28min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 16 votes)

Eddie Miller struggles with his hatred of women, he's especially bothered by seeing women with their lovers. He starts a killing spree as a sniper by shooting women from far distances. In an attempt to get caught, he writes an anonymous letter to the police begging them to stop him.

The Big Sky(1952)

| 2h 20min | Adventure, Western
3.3/5 (with 23 votes)

Kirk Douglas stars as the determined leader of a band of Tennessee fur trappers who set out to explore the uncharted Missouri river in 1830 and find them selves battling American Indians.

Pat and Mike(1952)

3.2/5 (with 18 votes)

Pat Pemberton is a brilliant athlete, except when her domineering fiancé is around. The ladies golf championship is in her reach until she gets flustered by his presence at the final holes. He wants them to get married and forget the whole thing, but she cannot give up on herself that easily. She enlists the help of Mike Conovan, a slightly shady sports promoter. Together they face mobsters, a jealous boxer, and a growing mutual attraction.


3.8/5 (with 23 votes)

This film, shot in pixilation (a kind of stop-motion animation with actors), is about two neighbours who come to barbaric blows over a flower that straddles the property line.

Directed by Norman McLaren

With a Song in My Heart(1952)

1h 57min | Drama, Music
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Jane Froman (Susan Hayward), an aspiring songstress, lands a job in radio with help from pianist Don Ross (David Wayne), whom she later marries. Jane's popularity soars, and she leaves on a European tour... but her plane crashes in Lisbon, and she is partially crippled. Unable to walk without crutches, Jane nevertheless goes on to entertain the Allied troops in World War II.

My Son John(1952)

| 2h 2min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

In this Cold War drama, a woman suspects her son is a Communist spy.

Johann Mouse(1953)

| 8min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 17 votes)

At the home of Viennese composer Johann Strauss, lived Johann Mouse. Whenever the composer played his waltzes, the mouse would dance to the music, unable to control himself. One day, when Strauss was away, the housecat played his master's music. This forced the mouse to dance, providing the cat with a chance to pounce on him. When word got out about a piano-playing cat and a dancing mouse, they were commanded to perform for the emperor.

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