Academy Award Rankings

Ranking All The Movies Nominated At The 26th Academy Awards In 1954

26th Academy Awards 1954 Best Movies

“What are the best movies nominated for the 26th Academy Awards in 1954?” We looked at all 66 movies nominated for an Oscar in 1954 and ranked them again one another to answer that very question!

We took all 66 movies that were nominated for an Academy Award in 1954 and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked on our list below, with the full chart of rankings included at the bottom of the page. We did not use Metacritic scores because of the lack of data for older movies on that site. Metacritic scores will be included when we do rankings for other years in the future.

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The Top 1954 Academy Award Movie Rankings



61 ) Christ Among the Primitives

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, One-reel

Primitive sculptures trace the evolution of religious motives in early man.



61 ) Joy of Living

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, One-reel

Oscar nominated short film from 1952 directed by Jean Oser



61 ) The Word

Nominated For:

  • Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Oscar nominated short documentary from 1953 by



61 ) Vesuvius Express

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Two-reel

The first travelogue released by Twentieth Century-Fox in CinemaScope, produced and directed by Otto Lang, is a photographic record of a journey from Milan to Naples, through Florence and Rome, on a streamlined passenger train. En route, the film takes time out in the cities mentioned to take a look at the landmarks—past and present—with the climax on the edge of Vesuvius’ smoldering crater.



61 ) Wee Water Wonders

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, One-reel

1953 Oscar nominated short film by Jack Eaton



61 ) Winter Paradise

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Two-reel

1953 Oscar nominated short film



60 ) The Living City

Nominated For:

  • Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Oscar nominated documentary short.



59 ) Herring Hunt

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, One-reel

The operations of a herring boat, and of her crew, are typical of the ships and crews that dot the coastal waters of British Columbia. This film goes out to sea to tell the story of the trawler Western Girl, of her skipper and his men, and their race to get their catch before the quota is taken and the fishing area closed. We see the cooperation necessary in an enterprise that has a great element of risk, for though there is big money in herring when the catch is good, competition is keen and the outlay heavy; one man’s mistake may mean severe loss.



58 ) Operation Blue Jay

Nominated For:

  • Best Documentary, Short Subjects

The U.S. Signal Corps construct a huge airbase in Thule, Greenland.



57 ) Crazylegs

Nominated For:

  • Best Film Editing

The story of the life and career of football star Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch (who plays himself).



56 ) Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, One-reel (Win)

Johnny Green conducts the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the title work.



55 ) Beneath the 12-Mile Reef

Nominated For:

  • Best Cinematography, Color

Mike and Tony Petrakis are a Greek father and son team who dive for sponges off the coast of Florida. After they are robbed by crooks, Arnold and the Rhys brothers, Mike decides to take his men to the dangerous 12-mile reef to dive for more sponges. Mike suffers a fatal accident when he falls from the reef leaving Tony to carry on the business. But now he has a companion, Gwyneth Rhys.

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52 ) All the Brothers Were Valiant

Nominated For:

  • Best Cinematography, Color

Sea-faring saga of two brothers (Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger) and the woman they both love.

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52 ) Take the High Ground!

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Story and Screenplay

Sgt. Thorne Ryan, who once fought bravely in Korea, now serves as a hard-nosed drill instructor to new Army recruits at Fort Bliss, Texas. But is he really the man he is often described as? His fellow instructor, and friend helps him to face the ghosts of his past experiences in Korea. One night in a bar across the border in Juarez, Mexico, Sgt. Ryan meets a lady who begins to turn his life around. Will this be enough to help him deal with the past? Or will he continue to be so hard on his troops?



52 ) Torch Song

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn’t take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough exterior.

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50 ) The Four Poster

Nominated For:

  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

Jan de Hartog’s two-person stage play The Fourposter has always seemed to attract married acting couples, a tradition established by the play’s first Broadway stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. The film version featured Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer, who (you guessed it) were man and wife at the time. The story traces the history of a marriage from the wedding night in 1890 to the death of the wife in the 1930s; all crucial scenes are acted out in the couple’s boudoir, near the fourposter bed they’d received as a wedding present. The passing years, and the triumphs and tragedies of the couple, are wittily represented by transitional animation sequences produced by the UPA cartoon studios. A musical version of The Fourposter titled I Do I Do opened on Broadway in 1966, breaking precedent by starring Mary Martin and Robert Preston, who were happily married but not to each other.



50 ) They Planted a Stone

Nominated For:

  • Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Oscar nominated short documentary from 1953



49 ) Small Town Girl

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song

Rick Belrow Livingston, in love with Broadway star Lisa, is sentenced to 30 days in jail for speeding through a small town. He persuades the judge’s daughter Cindy to let him leave for one night, so that he can visit Lisa on her birthday. After that he goes on the town with Cindy and she falls in love with him. But Dr. Schemmer wants his son to become her husband.



48 ) Miss Sadie Thompson

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song

Sadie Thompson winds up stranded on an island and while her boat is being quarantined, she manages to stir up the blood of every marine on the base.

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45 ) Christopher Crumpet

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Cartoons

Through drawings, an illustrator tells his dog the story of a boy named Christopher Crumpet. Christopher can at will change himself from a little boy into a chicken. He threatens to do so if his father, Marvin, won’t buy him a rocket ship.



45 ) Dream Wife

Nominated For:

  • Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

Clemson Reade, a business tycoon with marriage on his mind, and Effie, a U.S. diplomat, are a modern couple. Unfortunately there seems to be too much business and not enough pleasure on the part of Effie. When Clemson meets Tarji, a princess trained in all the arts of pleasing men, he decides he wants an old fashioned girl. Princess Tarji’s father is king of oil-rich Bukistan. Because of the oil situation and to maintain good political relations during the courtship between Clemson & Tarji, the State Department assigns a diplomat to maintain protocol until the wedding – Effie!

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45 ) Knights of the Round Table

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
  • Best Sound, Recording

In Camelot, kingdom of Arthur and Merlin, Lancelot is well known for his courage and honor. But one day he must quit Camelot and the Queen Guinevere’s love, leaving the Round Table without protection.

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44 ) The Alaskan Eskimo

Nominated For:

  • Best Documentary, Short Subjects (Win)

Oscar Winning short documentary



43 ) Young Bess

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
  • Best Costume Design, Color

The mother died under the executioner’s axe; the daughter rose to become England’s greatest monarch — the brilliant and cunning Queen Elizabeth I. Jean Simmons portrays young Bess in this rich tapestry of a film that traces the tumultuous, danger-fraught years from Elizabeth’s birth to her unexpected ascension to the throne at a mere 25. Charles Laughton reprises his Academy Award®-winning* role as her formidable father Henry VIII. Deborah Kerr plays her last stepmother (and Henry’s last of six wives), gentle Catherine Parr. And Simmons’ then real-life husband, Stewart Granger, adds heroics as Lord Admiral Thomas Seymour. In a resplendent world of adventure, romance and court intrigue, Young Bess reigns.



42 ) The Conquest of Everest

Nominated For:

  • Best Documentary, Features

A documentary of the first successful expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. New Zealand’s Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climb Mount Everest in 1953.

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41 ) The President’s Lady

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
  • Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, through his meeting with and subsequent marriage to Rachel Donelson Robards. The plot concentrates on the later scandal concerning the legality of their marriage and how they overcame the difficulties.

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40 ) The Actress

Nominated For:

  • Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

The true story of Ruth Gordon’s early struggles on the road to stage stardom.

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39 ) The Robe

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color (Win)
  • Best Cinematography, Color
  • Best Costume Design, Color (Win)
  • Best Picture

Marcellus is a tribune in the time of Christ. 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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38 ) Above and Beyond

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
  • Best Writing, Motion Picture Story

The story of Colonel Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, the bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Although unaware of the full potential of this new weapon, he knows that it is capable of doing tremendously more damage than any other weapon used before, and that the death toll resulting from it will be enormous. He is reluctant to be the person who will end so many lives, but if using it may bring an end to the war, then not doing so may result in even more lives being lost in continued ground assaults as the fighting goes on. At the same time, the intense secrecy surrounding this mission leaves him with no one he can express his thoughts and doubts to, not even his wife. As time goes on, the pressure upon him only increase.

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36 ) Martin Luther

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

The dramatic black and white classic film of Martin Luther’s life made in the 1950’s. This film was originally released in theaters worldwide and nominated for an Academy Award. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reforming efforts. This film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Church. This film, in spite of its age, continues to be a popular resource to introduce Luther’s life.

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36 ) Return to Glennascaul

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Two-reel
  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of “Othello”, is driving in the Irish countryside one night when he offers a ride to a man with car trouble. The man relates a strange event that happened to him at the same location. Two women flagged down his car one evening, asking for a ride back to their manor. They invited him in for a drink, and after leaving, he went back for his cigarette case.



35 ) The Story of Three Loves

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color

Passengers on an ocean liner recall their greatest loves.



34 ) The Moon Is Blue

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Music, Original Song

Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections.



33 ) Bear Country

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Two-reel (Win)

Bear Country is a 1953 American short documentary film directed by James Algar. It won an Academy Award at the 26th Academy Awards in 1954 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel).[1] The film was produced by Walt Disney as part of the True-Life Adventures series of nature documentaries.



32 ) The Mississippi Gambler

Nominated For:

  • Best Sound, Recording

Mark Fallon, with partner Kansas John Polly, tries to introduce honest gambling on the riverboats. His first success makes enemies of the crooked gamblers and of fair Angelique Dureau, whose necklace he won. Later in New Orleans, Mark befriends Angelique’s father, but she still affects to despise him as his gambling career brings him wealth. Duelling, tragedy, and romantic complications follow.



31 ) Mogambo

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them. Then Mr. and Mrs. Nordley show up for their gorilla documenting safari. Mrs. Nordley is not infatuated with her husband any more, and takes a liking to Marswell. The two men and two women have some difficulty arranging these emotions to their mutual satisfaction, but eventually succeed.

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30 ) The Desert Rats

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Story and Screenplay

Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them

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29 ) The Caddy

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song

The origin of Anthony and Miller, a wildly successful comedy team, can be traced back several years to Harvey Miller’s stage fright on the golf links. Although the son of a skilled golfer and an outstanding player in his one right, Miller is too nervous to golf in front of a gallery. He becomes coach and caddy for Joe Anthony, his girlfriend’s brother, who must convince his fisherman father that hitting a little ball into a hole can be more lucrative than trawling the Pacific Ocean. While on the PGA tour, their natural comedic abilities are recognized by a shrewd agent who senses their talent and potential, and a new comedy team is born.



27 ) The Captain’s Paradise

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Motion Picture Story

Mediterranean ferryboat captain Henry St James has things well organized – a loving and very English wife Maud in Gibraltar, and the loving if rather more hot-blooded Mistress, Nita in Tangiers. A perfect life. As long as neither woman decides to follow him to the other port.



27 ) Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Cartoons (Win)

In this short subject (which mostly represents a departure from Disney’s traditional approach to animation), a stuffy owl teacher lectures his feathered flock on the origins of Western musical instruments. Starting with cavepeople, whose crude implements could only “toot, whistle, plunk and boom,” the owl explains how these beginnings led to the development of the four basic types of Western musical instruments: brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion.



26 ) Call Me Madam

Nominated For:

  • Best Costume Design, Color
  • Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Win)

Washington hostess Sally Adams becomes a Truman-era US ambassador to a European grand duchy.



25 ) Ben and Me

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Two-reel

A revisionist version of American history as a small mouse comes to live with Benjamin Franklin and turns out to be responsible for many of his ideas; including the beginning of the Declaration of Independance!



24 ) Titanic

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
  • Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (Win)

Unhappily married, Julia Sturges decides to go to America with her two children on the unsinkable Titanic. Her husband, Richard also arranges passage on the luxury liner so as to have custody of their two children. All this fades to insignificance once the ship hits an iceberg.

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23 ) The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

Young Bart Collins lives with his widowed mother Heloise. The major blight on Bart’s existence is the hated piano lessons he is forced to endure under the tutelage of the autocratic Dr. Terwilliker. Bart feels that his mother has fallen under Terwilliker’s sinister influence, and gripes to visiting plumber August Zabladowski, without much result. While grimly hammering away at his lessons, Bart dozes off and enters a fantastical musical dream.

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22 ) Rugged Bear

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Cartoons

It’s a peaceful day in a national forest…until hunting season begins at which point all the bears hide out in a cave but one bear, Humphrey, doesn’t make it. He hides out in a cabin and, seeing hunter Donald Duck approaching, hides the bearskin rug in a trunk and takes its place. Masquerading as the rug tends to be an unpleasant experience for Humphrey as Donald opens nuts and bottles in his mouth and washes him in the washer/dryer among other things. Finally, when hunting season ends and Donald leaves, Humphrey is relieved but makes a startling discovery.



20 ) A Queen Is Crowned

Nominated For:

  • Best Documentary, Features

A lavish documentary film of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953.

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20 ) From A to Z-Z-Z-Z

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Cartoons

Ralph is a daydreamer… and he is quick to adapt his current surroundings into new, adventurous dreams.



19 ) The War of the Worlds

Nominated For:

  • Best Effects, Special Effects (Win)
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Sound, Recording

The residents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills, but their joy is short-lived when they discover it has passengers who are not very friendly.

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17 ) How to Marry a Millionaire

Nominated For:

  • Best Costume Design, Color

Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

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17 ) This Is Cinerama

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

This is Cinerama is a 1952 full-length film designed to introduce the then-new widescreen process Cinerama, which broadens the aspect ratio so the viewer’s peripheral vision is involved. This is Cinerama premiered on 30 September 1952 at the New York Broadway theatre, in New York City. The film includes scenes of the roller coaster from Rockaways’ Playland, then moves on to a scene of the temple dance from Aida, views of Niagara Falls, a Viennese choir, scenes of the canals of Venice, a military tattoo in Edinburgh, a bullfight, more from Aida, a sound demonstration in stereo, scenes from the amusement park in Cypress Gardens, Florida for a water skiing sequence, and the playing of America the Beautiful as scenes are shown from the nose of a low flying B-25.



16 ) Hondo

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Writing, Motion Picture Story

Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector.

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15 ) Kiss Me Kate

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

Fred and Lilly are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Of course, the couple seem to act a great deal like the characters they play. A fight on the opening night threatens the production, as well as two thugs who have the mistaken idea that Fred owes their boss money and insist on staying next to him all night.

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14 ) Calamity Jane

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song (Win)
  • Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
  • Best Sound, Recording

Doris Day and Howard Keel fuss, feud and fall in love as Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. At first curvaceous Calamity is too durned busy fighting Indians and cracking a bullwhip to pay mind to such girlie what-alls as dresses and perfume. She soon changes her mind when Katie Brown arrives in town.

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13 ) The Living Desert

Nominated For:

  • Best Documentary, Features (Win)

The Living Desert was the first feature-length film in Disney’s True-Life Adventures series of documentaries focusing on zoological studies; the previous films in the series, including the Academy Award-winning Seal Island, were short subjects. The documentary was filmed at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Most of the wildlife shown in the film was donated to what would soon become the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The film was inspired by 10 minutes of footage shot by N. Paul Kenworthy Jr., a doctoral student at the University of California at Los Angeles. Kenworthy’s footage of a battle between a tarantula and a wasp intrigued Disney, who funded a feature-length production following the lives of diverse desert species. Disney was highly supportive of Kenworthy’s work and its impact on nonfiction filmmaking, stating, “This is where we can tell a real, sustained story for the first time in these nature pictures.”

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12 ) The Tell-Tale Heart

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Cartoons

One of the most discussed and imaginative cartoons of any era. It tells the famous Edgar Allan Poe story of the deranged boarder who had to kill his landlord, not for greed, but because he possessed an “evil eye.” The killer is never seen but his presence is felt by the use light-and-shadow to give the impression of impending disaster.



11 ) The Cruel Sea

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Screenplay

At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer



10 ) Lili

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
  • Best Cinematography, Color
  • Best Director
  • Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Win)
  • Best Writing, Screenplay

Members of a circus troupe “adopt” Lili Daurier when she finds herself stranded in a strange town. The magician who first comes to her rescue already has romantic entanglements and thinks of her as a little girl. Who can she turn to but the puppets, singing to them her troubles, forgetting that there are puppeteers. A crowd gathers around Lili as she sings. The circus has a new act. She now has a job. Will she get her heart’s desire?

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9 ) Julius Caesar

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White (Win)
  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
  • Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
  • Best Picture

The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for the idealist and the republic.

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8 ) The Naked Spur

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Story and Screenplay

Stewart is a bounty hunter in Colorado territory after killer Robert Ryan. Stewart’s efforts to bring in Ryan and collect the reward are compromised by the presence of Ryan’s loyal girl friend Janet Leigh and Stewart’s two disreputable sidekicks, wily prospector Millard Mitchell and disgraced Union-officer Ralph Meeker.

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7 ) From Here to Eternity

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Win)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Win)
  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Win)
  • Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
  • Best Director (Win)
  • Best Film Editing (Win)
  • Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
  • Best Picture (Win)
  • Best Sound, Recording (Win)
  • Best Writing, Screenplay (Win)

In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit’s team, while his captain’s wife and second in command are falling in love.

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5 ) Little Fugitive

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Motion Picture Story

Joey Norton, seven years old, lives with his older brother Lennie in a lower middle class neighborhood of Brooklyn. Joey is too small to be taken seriously by Lennie and Lennie’s friends. One day, while their mother is away visiting her sick mother, Lennie and his friends play a joke on Joey. They stage an incident so that Joey thinks he has shot and killed his brother. Francois Truffault credits this classic with inspiring the French New Wave.



5 ) Shane

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Cinematography, Color (Win)
  • Best Director
  • Best Picture
  • Best Writing, Screenplay

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smouldering settler and rancher conflict forces him to act.

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4 ) The Band Wagon

Nominated For:

  • Best Costume Design, Color
  • Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
  • Best Writing, Story and Screenplay

A Broadway artiste turns a faded film star’s comeback vehicle into an artsy flop.

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3 ) Pickup on South Street

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.



2 ) Stalag 17

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Win)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Director

It’s a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17. For the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem – there seems to be a security leak. The Germans always seem to be forewarned about escapes and in the most recent attempt the two men, Manfredi and Johnson, walked straight into a trap and were killed. For some in Barracks 4, especially the loud-mouthed Duke, the leaker is obvious: J.J. Sefton, a wheeler-dealer who doesn’t hesitate to trade with the guards and who has acquired goods and privileges that no other prisoner seems to have. Sefton denies giving the Germans any information and makes it quite clear that he has no intention of ever trying to escape. He plans to ride out the war in what little comfort he can arrange, but it doesn’t extend to spying for the Germans.

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1 ) Roman Holiday

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role (Win)
  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
  • Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Win)
  • Best Director
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Picture
  • Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (Win)
  • Best Writing, Screenplay

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann’s regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.

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The Best 26th Academy Award Rankings



1954 Academy Award Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
Roman Holiday 5 2 2 1 1
Stalag 17 6 3 3 3 2
Pickup on South Street 11 4 4 1 3
The Band Wagon 1 10 12 4 4
Little Fugitive 9 5 12 4 5
Shane 6 11 6 6 5
From Here to Eternity 10 8 6 6 7
The Naked Spur 1 18 16 6 8
Julius Caesar 8 13 16 11 9
Lili 1 11 15 20 10
The Cruel Sea 26 7 6 11 11
The Tell-Tale Heart 26 14 12 6 12
The Living Desert 26 18 6 11 13
Calamity Jane 22 6 19 15 14
Kiss Me Kate 11 20 20 15 15
Hondo 14 20 24 20 16
How to Marry a Millionaire 16 15 28 20 17
This Is Cinerama 1 30 28 20 17
The War of the Worlds 15 22 24 20 19
A Queen Is Crowned 26 1 16 42 20
From A to Z-Z-Z-Z 26 45 4 10 20
Rugged Bear 26 45 6 11 22
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. 21 17 36 15 23
Titanic 13 27 20 30 24
Ben and Me 26 45 6 15 25
Call Me Madam 18 29 28 20 26
The Captain’s Paradise 26 26 24 30 27
Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom 26 45 20 15 27
The Caddy 18 15 45 30 29
The Desert Rats 18 23 39 30 30
Mogambo 17 33 42 20 31
The Mississippi Gambler 26 9 36 42 32
Bear Country 26 45 1 42 33
The Moon Is Blue 24 32 39 20 34
The Story of Three Loves 26 34 28 30 35
Martin Luther 26 27 24 42 36
Return to Glennascaul 26 45 28 20 36
Above and Beyond 26 24 28 42 38
The Robe 25 25 39 37 39
The Actress 26 39 44 20 40
The President’s Lady 26 34 28 42 41
The Conquest of Everest 26 45 20 42 42
Young Bess 26 34 42 35 43
The Alaskan Eskimo 26 45 28 42 44
Christopher Crumpet 26 45 36 42 45
Dream Wife 26 31 53 39 45
Knights of the Round Table 23 38 49 39 45
Miss Sadie Thompson 26 40 53 35 48
Small Town Girl 26 44 46 42 49
The Four Poster 26 45 46 42 50
They Planted a Stone 26 45 46 42 50
All the Brothers Were Valiant 26 43 49 42 52
Take the High Ground! 26 41 51 42 52
Torch Song 26 37 58 39 52
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef 26 42 56 37 55
Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor 26 45 51 42 56
Crazylegs 26 45 53 42 57
Operation Blue Jay 26 45 56 42 58
Herring Hunt 26 45 58 42 59
The Living City 26 45 60 42 60
Christ Among the Primitives 26 45 61 42 61
Joy of Living 26 45 61 42 61
The Word 26 45 61 42 61
Vesuvius Express 26 45 61 42 61
Wee Water Wonders 26 45 61 42 61
Winter Paradise 26 45 61 42 61

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