Cinema 1954: Supporting Actress Race

Best Supporting Actress

Eva Marie Saint, On the Waterfront
Nina Foch, Executive Suite
Katie Jurado, Broken Lance
Jan Sterling, The High and the Mighty
Claire Trevor, The High and the Mighty

While no doubt giving a good performance, Eva Marie Saint benefited from the dramatic momentum of the picture for which she was nominated, Kazan’s “On the Waterfront,” with a bravura star performance from Brando, who won Best Actor.

The national Board of Review chose Nina Foch, whereas Jan Sterling won the Golden Globe award in that category.

This was the only Oscar nomination of Saint, Jurado, Foch, and Sterling. Claire Trevor was first nominated for William Wyler’s “Dead End,” in 1937, and won the Supporting Oscar in 1948 for John Huston’s crime-gangster “Key Largo,” which co-starred Edward G. Robinson and Humphrey Bogart in major roles.