Oscar Movies: Robe, The

Oscar Nominations: 5

Picture, produced by Frank Ross
Actor: Richard Burton
Cinematography (color): Leon Shamroy
Costume Design (color): Charles LeMaire and Emile Santiago
Art Direction-Set Decoration (color): Lyle Wheeler and George W. Davis; Walter M. Scott and Paul S. Fox

Oscar Awards: 2

Art Direction
Costume Design

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 Loyal Griggs the Color Cinematography for “Shane.”

Henry Koster, the helmer of “The Robe,” failed to get recognition from the Academy's Directors Branch. His spot was “taken” by Charles Waters who received a nod for “Lili,” and/or Billy Wilder nominated for “Stalag 17.” Neither film received Best Picture nomination, though both were smash hits at the box-office.