Who Should Have won the Best Actress Oscar for 1953?

Welcome to the first year for the Best Actress polls for WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars, V. 3: 1953-1953!

In her very first starring role, an elfin, sprightly, fairy princess won the Best Actress Oscar. With Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn was immediately a star, which she would remain for the rest of her career.

Her competition included the former good girl nobility of Deborah Kerr, playing the naughty, adulterous lover in From Here to Eternity:

Somehow, Leslie Caron got a nomination for Lili, a movie a small but fervent group of fans adore, while the rest of us scratch our heads in wonder. For that matter, that Caron had a career as anything other than a dancer has had me scratching my head so hard I have no hair left.

Ava Gardner also rode the MGM block voting to a nomination in Africa and a baby elephant in Mogambo (she has the Jean Harlow role from the original movie, Red Dust; Clark Gable has the Clark Gable role…)

Maggie McNamara won a nomination for the once-racy, now overwhelmingly innocent and naive The Moon Is Blue:

So who did the Academy overlook?

Nobody, for once.

Of course, I might be wrong — feel free to make other suggestions below in the comments!

As always, I have much more to say in my book: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Won-Irreverent-Look-Oscars/dp/069232318X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

And now, please vote!


  1. Other possible 1953 Best Actress Oscar nominees (Not likely, but, what the hell, I can at least dream can’t I, even if only hindsight, right?): Danielle Darrieux – “The Earrings of Madame de….”; Harriet Andersson – “Sawdust and Tinsel”; Gloria Grahame – “The Big Heat”; and, oh yeah – just because, sure, what the heck, why not, she was after all the ultimate star – Joan Crawford – “Torch Song.”

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