Oscar Movies: Country Girl, The (1954)


Dec 28, 2007posted204

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Picture, produced by William Perlberg
Director: George Seaton
Screenplay: George Seaton
Actor: Bing Crosby
Actress: Grace Kelly
Cinematography (b/w): John F. Warren
Art Direction-Set Decoration (b/w): Hal Pereira and Roland Anderson; Sam Comer and Grace Gregory

Oscar Awards: 2


Oscar Context

In 1954, “The Country Girl” competed for the Best Picture Oscar with Kazan's drama “On the Waterfront,” which swept most of the Oscars, including Picture, Director and Actor for Brando, the court drama, “The Caine Mutiny,” the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Sisters,” and the romantic melodrama, “Three Coins in the Fountain,” which benefited from on-location shoot in Rome.

While “Caine Mutiny” earned Bogart his third and last nomination, it didn't win any award. The other nominees received one or two Oscars. The most controversial one was the Best Actress to Grace Kelly, a favorite of the industry, who made several movies that year, including the Hitchcock suspense classic, “Rear Window.” Nonetheless, the feeling was that Judy Garland should have won the award for what's considered her most accomplished dramatic performance in George Cukor's masterpiece, “A Star Is Born,” the second screen version of the often-told Hollywood tale.