Brando's diction, which has been guttural and slurred in previous films, is clear and precise in this instance.
Brando's nomination was the third time in three consecutive years that he was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award.
He was nominated in 1951 for A Streetcar Named Desire and in 1952 for Viva Zapata! He would win the following year for On the Waterfront.
It also won two BAFTA awards for Best British Actor (John Gielgud) and Best Foreign Actor (Marlon Brando). Brando won the BAFTA Best Actor award in three consecutive years for Viva Zapata!
(1952), Julius Caesar (1953), and On the Waterfront (1954).
Julius Caesar is a 1953 epic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film adaptation of the play by Shakespeare, directed by Joseph L.
Mankiewicz, who also wrote the uncredited screenplay, and produced by John Houseman. The film stars Marlon Brando as Mark Antony, James Mason as Brutus, John Gielgud as Cassius, Louis Calhern as Julius Caesar, Edmond O'Brien as Casca, Greer Garson as Calpurnia, and Deborah Kerr as Portia.
Many of the actors connected with this film had previous experience with the play.
John Gielgud had played Mark Antony at the Old Vic Theatre in 1930 and Cassius at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1950, James Mason had played Brutus at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in the 1940s, and John Hoyt, who plays Decius Brutus, also played him in the Mercury Theatre's 1937 stage version.
Gielgud later played the title role in the 1970 film with Charlton Heston, Jason Robards and Richard Johnson (as Cassius) and in a stage production directed by John Schlesinger at the Royal National Theatre.
John Houseman, who had produced the famous 1937 Broadway version of the play starring Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre, also produced the MGM film. Pasinetti, Italian-American writer, scholar, and teacher at UCLA served as a technical advisor.
By this time, however, Welles and Houseman had had a falling out, and Welles had nothing to do with the 1953 film. Brando's casting was met with some skepticism when it was announced, as he had acquired the nickname of "The Mumbler" following his performance in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).