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The 25th Annual Academy Awards (1953)

The first television broadcast of the annual motion picture awards ceremony.

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Bill Bennington (as William A. Bennington)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Himself - Host & Performer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne Baxter ... Herself - Presenter
Edgar Bergen ... Himself (as Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy)
Jacques Bergerac ... Himself
Shirley Booth ... Herself - Winner
Charles Brackett ... Himself - Presenter
Frank Capra ... Himself - Presenter
Edward C. Carfagno Edward C. Carfagno ... Himself - winner for Art Direction black & white film
Frank Cavett Frank Cavett ... Himself - winner for Best Story
Rosemary Clooney ... Herself - Audience Member (New York)
Charles Coburn ... Himself
Ronald Colman ... Himself - Presenter
Merian C. Cooper ... Himself - Honorary Oscar
Broderick Crawford ... Himself
Joan Crawford ... Herself - Nominee
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The first television broadcast of the annual motion picture awards ceremony.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The top six awards of Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Director was set from 1937 onwards. The 1953 ceremony was the first occasion since then that all six awards went to six different movies. These were respectively The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Klokslag 12 (1952), Come Back, Little Sheba (1952), Viva Zapata! (1952), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Een yankee uit Ierland (1952). See more »

Connections

Followed by The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Am I in Love?
Written by Jack Brooks
Performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell
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6 September 2006 | by HelenaHatcheeseSee all my reviews

Just got a DVD of this show. It is terrific! This was the first Oscar TV broadcast and it is easy to see the things they kept doing. Star pairings abound. Jimmy Stewart & Joan Fontaine, Ray Milland & Jane Wyman. Glamorous solo star turns like Ginger Rogers and Luise Rainer. All the nominated songs are performed (charming Celeste Holm steals the show with "Thumbelina").

The acceptances are minuscule if non-existent. Gloria Grahame slowly walks to the stage and whispers a barely audible "Thank you" before drifting off. Gary Cooper and Anthony Quinn were not present (coincidently, they were both filming the same movie in Mexico. A western called "Blowing Wind"!?!?!?!) Coop's was accepted by John Wayne while Quinn's was accepted by Mrs. Anthony Quinn (Katharine DeMille) whose father would be the night's biggest winner for THE GREATEST SHOW on EARTH. He received the Thalberg Award as well as Best Picture. The latter was given in the first (and one of a very few) TV appearance of Academy founder Mary Pickford. This paved the way for the award to be given out in the future by the biggest star in Hollywood (Steve McQueen, Eddie Murphy) or a film icon (Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson).

Best speech of the night goes to a heartfelt Shirley Booth in NY who almost falls flat on her face on the way to the stage!

But of all my favorite moments, none was better on this 25th anniversary than the film of former winners posing with their Oscars. This would not be repeated the same way until the 70th & 75th (and hopefully the 80th!!). Broderick Crawford, Paul Muni. Anne Baxter, Olivia DeHavilland, Edgar Bergen, Joan Crawford, Jane Darwell, Bobby Driscoll, Teresa Wright, the list goes on. It truly was a glorious evening and set the high standard that too few subsequent years have been able to match.


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