Oscar Movies: On the Waterfront (1954)

: 12

Picture, produced by Sam Spiegel
Director: Elia Kazan
Story and Screenplay: Budd Schulberg
Actor: Marlon Brando
Supporting Actress: Eva Marie Saint
Supporting Actor: Lee J. Cobb
Supporting Actor: Karl Malden
Supporting Actor: Rod Steiger
Cinematography (b/w): Boris Kaufman
Art Direction-Set Decoration (b/w): Richard Day
Film Editing: Gene Milford
Scoring (Dramatic or Comedy): Leonard Bernstein

Oscar Awards: 8

Story and Screenplay
Supporting Actress
Art Direction-Set Decoration
Film Editing

Oscar Context

In 1954, “On the Waterfront” competed for the Best Picture Oscar with the court drama, “The Caine Mutiny,” the screen version of the play, “The Country Girl,” 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 “Cain 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 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.