Oscar Actors: Holden, William–Winning for Billy Wilder’s Stalag 17 (1953)

William Holden received his first and only Best Actor Oscar for Billy Wilder’s prison drama, Stalag 17.

Holden had been nominated before, for Sunset Boulevard (1950) and after that, for David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Stalag 17

Oscar Nominations: 3

Director: Billy Wilder
Actor: William Holden
Supporting Actor: Robert Strauss

Oscar Awards: 1


Oscar Context

In 1953, “From Here to Eternity” competed for the Best Picture Oscar with two historical dramas, “Julius Caesar” and “The Robe,” a romantic comedy “Roman Holiday,” and a Western, “Shane.” Each of the five nominees received at least one Oscar, and “Roman Holiday,” 3, including one for Motion Picture Story, Ian McLellan Hunter, who served as a front for blacklisted Dalton Trumbo; Trumbo got his award in 1992.

William Holden won the Best Actor for Billy Wilder’s “Stalag 17,” and Frank Sinatra the Supporting Oscar for “From Here to Eternity,” which swept most of the Oscars, including Best Director for Fred Zinnemann.