Movies Of The Year Awards: 1953

I need to think of a name for these awards. . . .

Best Picture:

The End: Ugetsu
Oscar: From Here To Eternity

Best Director:

The End: Kenji Mizoguchi, Ugetsu
Oscar: Fred Zinneman, From Here To Eternity


The End: Jacques Tati, M. Hulot’s Holiday
Oscar: William Holden, Stalag 17


The End: Danielle Darrieux, Madame de . . .
Oscar: Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday

Supporting Actor:

The End: Jack Palance, Shane
Oscar: Frank Sinatra, From Here To Eternity

Supporting Actress:

The End: Thelma Ritter, Pickup On South Street
Oscar: Donna Reed, From Here To Eternity

Original Screenplay:

The End: Kogo Noda and Yasujiro Ozu, Tokyo Story
Oscar: Charles Brackett et al, Titanic and Dalton Trumbo, Roman Holiday

Adapted Screenplay:

The End: Matsutaro Kawaguchi and Yoshikata Yoda, Ugetsu
Oscar: Daniel Taradash, From Here To Eternity

Black And White Cinematography:

The End: Kazuo Miyagawa, Ugetsu
Oscar: Burnett Guffey, From Here To Eternity

Color Cinematography:

The End: Robert Surtees and Freddie Young, Mogambo
Oscar: Loyal Griggs, Shane


The End: Borys Lewin, Madame de . . .
Oscar: William Lyon, From Here To Eternity

Art Direction:

The End: M. Hulot’s Holiday
Oscar: Julius Caesar and The Robe

Costume Design:

The End: Ugetsu
Oscar: Roman Holiday and The Robe


The End: M. Hulot’s Holiday
Oscar: From Here To Eternity

Original Score:

The End: Kojun Saito, Tokyo Story
Oscar: Bronislau Kaper, Lili

Non-Oscar Awards:

Foreign Film:



The Band Wagon

Breakthrough Performance:

Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday


Lee Marvin, The Big Heat

3 thoughts on “Movies Of The Year Awards: 1953

  1. I like the Villain category. Great choice for this year too. The foreign category seems a bit unnecessary at times though, when the same film already wins best film and director – but I suppose at other times it's a nice way to sneak in a second best film, sort of.


  2. The idea was to provide a comparison to the Oscars, so that's where most of the categories come from (like Foreign Film, even for years when the Academy didn't award one, like this one). Like with most of the awards, it's more interesting when you add in the nominees, like I do for these things now.

    I went away from the MTV-type categories like Best Villain. The only non-traditional ones I've kept are the Best Soundtrack and Best Unseen Film ones.


  3. Yeah, the ones with nominations are great, but also love the ones with a top list and write-ups.

    I can see why you'd go away from those, but in this era it's a nice way to recognize some great character actors that you otherwise might not, esp. without the nominations.


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