The Academy Awards

Season 15 Episode 1

The 15th Annual Academy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Unknown on ABC
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The 15th Annual Academy Awards
The 15th Annual Academy Awards were held on March 4, 1943 from The Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles.
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      • At over 5-1/2 minutes, Best Actress winner Greer Garson holds the record for giving the longest Oscar acceptance speech in history. Years later, her speech would become a model for the Academy, when giving advice to potential winners, of how not to give an Oscar speech.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Teresa Wright : (accepting her award for Actress in a Supporting Role) Thank you. I wish Major Wyler were here tonight so I could thank him first for his splendid direction. And I'd like to thank Mr. Mayer and Mr. Franklin for giving me the part. And I'd like to thank the people who gave me this because they're the people I work with and therefore it's doubly thrilling to get it from them. Thank you.

      • Greer Garson : (accepting her award for Best Actress) Ladies and gentlemen, I came to this country as a stranger five years ago. I've been very happy and very proud to be a member of this community and of this industry all that time. And from everybody I met or worked with truly I have received such ready kindness that for quite a long while I couldn't believe that it was true, but tonight you have made me feel that you have really set the door of your friendship wide open and that welcome is officially on the mat, and that is why I'm so happy.

      • Van Heflin : (accepting his award for Actor in a Supporting Role) Well, I'll just say...I'm...I'm so grateful to Mervyn LeRoy for helping me, to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, to Mr. Mayer, for giving me a chance, to the New York theater for training me for it. (laughs) To the Army for letting me come down and get this.

      • James Cagney : (accepting his award for Best Actor) Ladies and gentlemen: Very happy. [Audience yells, "Louder"] I said, ladies and gentlemen – I bend into my work here – very happy, very happy. According to the highly personal quality of our business, I've always had the feeling ever since coming into it, that you can only be as good as the other fellow thinks you are, or, I might add, as bad. And it seemed that quite a number of people have thought a good job has been done, and that makes me very happy. And just one added thought, I might say it was a pretty good part. Thank you.

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