Who Should Have Won the Best Actress Oscar for 1954?

Talk about your Oscar-bait performances! Take one of the world’s most beautiful women, dress her in a frumpy sweater and glasses, burden her with an alcoholic husband — and what do you get? An Oscar for Grace Kelly for The Country Girl:

So who did she beat with this bait?

Dorothy Dandridge, in the all-black version of Bizet’s opera, Carmen Jones:

Jane Wyman, going another Oscar-bait route by playing blind in Magnificent Obsession:

Audrey Hepburn, doing the Cinderella bit for Billy Wilder in Sabrina:

The final nomination went to Judy Garland, A Star Is Born; gossip columnist Hedda Hopper claimed she was denied the Oscar by half-a-dozen votes:

So who did the Academy overlook?

Nobody, for two years in a row.

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. Although any woulda/coulda/shoulda been list of potential 1954 Best Actress Oscar nominees is indeed a slim one, methinks that – in a more perfect world (what the heck, there’s bound to be one somewhere around here) Joan Crawford – “Johnny Guitar”, Judy Holliday – “It Should Happen To You”, and, especially Giulietta Masina – “La Strada” should have, at the very least, all received some major consideration before things ultimately got down to the official starting have to go there five.

  2. Judy wasn’t always the most popular with her fellow actors,all that drama(and waiting)on the set could’ve hurt her chances.Also don’t be so quick to rule out our (I’m from Philly) fabulous Grace.In 1954,Grace would receive awards from NY Film Critics,National Board of Review, Golden Globe (Drama),and the Academy Award.Judy would also receive a GG as Best Actress (Comedy/musical) .So I think its more than the glasses,ugly sweater,etc.that won Grace Kelly the Oscar.I think this year Oscar got it right!

    • I dodnt agree Bob;Judy s performance was the best of the year.Grace was good but not the same than Judy

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