Best Picture Nominees: 1953

In June, the Korean War came to an end and Dwight Eisenhower is sworn in as President. The Little Tramp, Charlie Chaplin, is accused of being a Communist and leaves the U.S., never to return.

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From Here to Eternity (Fred Zinnemann)
Won Best Picture
A drama, set in 1941 with the shadow of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in the background. Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) has just been transferred to an Army base in Hawaii. His new captain, Dana Holmes (Philip Ober), has heard of Prewitt's boxing prowess and tries to get him to represent the company. However, Prewitt is adamant that he doesn't box anymore. So, Captain Holmes gets his subordinates to make his life a living hell. Meanwhile, Sargeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) starts seeing the captain's wife (Deborah Kerr). Prew's friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) has a few altercations with the sadistic stockade sargeant 'Fatso' Judson (Frank Sinatra), and Prew begins falling in love with social club employee Lorene (Donna Reed).




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Roman Holiday (William Wyler)
Nominated Best Picture
Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) is touring Rome and to get away from her normal life. She meets with an American reporter (Gregory Peck) and his photographer (Eddie Albert), who show her the sites. The reporter is initially more interested in a story than the Princess, but begins to fall for Her Highness...




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Shane (George Stevens)
Nominated Best Picture
In this western, Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker (Emile Meyer) and a bunch of settlers, like the Starretts, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris (Ben Johnson), Ryker tries to buy him. When that doesn't work, Shane and Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) take on the whole Ryker crew. So, Ryker sends to Cheyenne for a truly evil gunslinger named Wilson (Jack Palance).




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Julius Caesar (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Nominated Best Picture
Solonor's Pick
In this Shakespeare play, Brutus (James Mason), Cassius (John Gielgud), and other high-ranking Romans murder Caesar (Louis Calhern), because they believe his ambition will lead to tyranny. The people of Rome are on their side until Antony (Marlon Brando), Caesar's right-hand man, makes a moving speech. The conspirators are driven from Rome, and two armies are formed: one side following the conspirators--the other, Antony.




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The Robe (Henry Koster)
Nominated Best Picture
Another one of the top movies having something to do with Rome! Marcellus (Richard Burton) is a centurion in the time of Christ (Donald C. Klune). He is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus' homespun robe after the crucifixion. He is tormented by nightmares and delusions after the event. Hoping to find a way to live with what he has done, and still not believing in Jesus, he returns to Palestine to try and learn what he can of the man he killed.




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Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder)
IMDB Highest Rated
No one has ever escaped from Stalag 17, a POW camp for American airmen near the Danube. Maybe that's because there's a spy in barrack four. The German guards seem to know everything that's happening before it happens. Most of the American POWs suspect Sergeant J.J. Sefton (William Holden), whose wheeling-and-dealing rates him special privileges from the camp guards. When Lieutenant Dunbar (Don Taylor) arrives at the prison camp and is accused of blowing up an ammunition train, the American prisoners must expose the stoolie, before he informs the Germans where Dunbar is hiding, and get Dunbar out of the camp before the SS arrives to take him into custody. Features an outstanding performance by Otto Preminger, as the commandant of the prison.




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Tales of Ugetsu (Kenji Monogatari)
A Japanese film about the civil wars of the 16th century. Two ambitious peasants try to make their fortunes. The potter, Genjuro (Masayuki Mori), intends to sell his wares for vast profits in the local city, while his brother-in-law, Tobei (Eitaro Ozawa, wishes to become a samurai. Their village is sacked by the marauding armies, but Genjuro's kiln miraculously survives, and they and their wives head for the city. However, Genjuro soon sends his wife Miyagi (Kinuyo Tanaka) back home, promising to return to her soon. Tobei, in his keenness to follow the samurai, abandons his wife Ohama (Mitsuko Mito). Meanwhile, a wealthy noblewoman, the Lady Wakasa (Machiko Kyo), shows an interest in Genjuro's pots, and invites him to her mansion.




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The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
A French film about four men, paid to deliver nytroglycerene to a remote oil field in South America. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death. Stars Yves Montand and Charles Vanel.




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The War of the Worlds (Byron Haskin)
An adaptation of the novel by H.G. Wells, about an alien invasion. The resisdents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Thier joy is tempered some what when they discover it has passengers who are not very friendly... Stars Gene Barry, Ann Robinson and Les Tremayne.




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Peter Pan (Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske)
Disney's animated adaptaion of the play by J.M. Barrie about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan (Bobby Driscoll), who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook (Hans Conried) is taking place.




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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks)
Based on the Broadway musical by Joseph Fields (based on the novel by Anita Loos), Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy (Jane Russell) are just "Two Little Girls from Little Rock", lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way--even though "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend."



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Best Picture: 1953
What is the best film of 1953?

From Here to Eternity
Roman Holiday
Shane
Julius Caesar
The Robe
Stalag 17
Tales of Ugetsu
The Wages of Fear
The War of the Worlds
Peter Pan
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


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