1953: Children are almost automatically put in the supporting category, even Tatum O’Neal in PAPER MOON. SHANE is seen through the eyes of Brandon de Wilde, and I think he has a leading role. Geraldine Page in HONDO should be in the lead category, too, whereas Antony in JULIUS CAESAR is a supporting role—only Brutus is a lead—and Marlon Brando should be moved to supporting.
Leading vs. Supporting Categories in 1953…
I agree that Marlon Brando belongs in the supporting category for Julius Caesar. He just isn’t the focus of the film for any length of time. James Mason is the only lead in that film.
Yes, Geraldine Page belongs in the leading category for Hondo. I’m not sure why Oscar put her in support.
Both Yves Montand and Charles Vanel are leads in The Wages of Fear and the others are supporting.
Danielle Darrieux and Charles Boyer are the leads of The Earrings of Madame De… and the others supporting.
Having seen The Big Heat again recently I concluded that Gloria Grahame’s part was supporting.
Marilyn Monroe, Jean Peters and Joseph Cotten are all leads in Niagra.
Brandon de Wilde, Shane and Ava Gardner, Mogambo are probably rightfully in the supporting categories. I see your point about Shane being from the p.o.v. of de Wilde but is he actually in the film that much?