Oscar Movies: Seven Brides for Seven Sisters (1954)


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Picture, produced by Jack Cummings
Screenplay: Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, and Dorothy Kingsley
Cinematography (color: George Folsey
Film Editing: Ralph E. Winters
Scoring of a Musical Picture: Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin

Oscar Awards: 1

Scoring of a Musical

Oscar Context

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

While “The 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 award was the Best Actress to Grace Kelly, for “The Country Girl,” which also won Screenplay for George Seaton. A favorite of the industry, Kelly 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.