The Academy Awards

Season 20 Episode 1

The 20th Annual Academy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Unknown on ABC
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The 20th Annual Academy Awards
The 20th Annual Academy Awards were held on March 20, 1948 from the Shrine Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles.
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    Edward Selzer

    Edward Selzer

    Himself - Winner: Best Animated Short Film

    Guest Star

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      • Albert E. Smith: (accepting a special award on the behalf of Colonel William N. Selig,Thomas Armat, George K. Spoor and himself) I feel like a grandfather who's watched his little grandchild grow up to be a big and beautiful and lovely lady. I saw the movies when they were in their swaddling clothes. We began at the very beginning. I showed my first Vitagraph picture fifty-two years ago in March of 1896. Then Vitagraph made its first comedy in 1897, fifty-one years ago. It was a little picture with a cast of three. The total cost of production was $3.50 minus the cost of film, which at that time was seven and 7/8 cents per foot. The next year, in 1898, we produced our first feature picture. It was a reproduction of the Battle of Santiago Bay, or the destruction of Admiral Cervera's Spanish fleet. The total cost of production was $1.98. This was inexpensive because we made the picture from cutouts of photographs which we tacked to little bits of wood and put in water with a piece of white cardboard in the rear for the sky. The press was very good. The press said that the picture was even better than the battle itself so it must have been good. And so I feel very proud and very happy to have seen that little child in swaddling clothes grow up to be such a big and beautiful lady. And I want to thank everyone who has had a part in so doing and I want to thank the Academy for remembering the forgotten man.

      • Edmund Gwenn : (accepting the award for Actor in a Supporting Role in the movie Miracle On 34th Street) Whoow! Now I know there's a Santa Claus. Oh, you may laugh, ladies and gentlemen. It's not so easy to be certain, you know. He's a most elusive little fellow. He turns up in all sorts of places under all sorts of names and disguises. First time I ever met him he told me his name was George Seaton. And wonderfully, George Seaton has his revenge by bringing him to life. About a year and a half ago he suddenly turned up in Culver City and told me his name was Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. That was the day Metro agreed to loan me to Fox to make the picture. And now I think it's time Santa Claus added a word to his name. I think he ought to call himself Santa Claus, Incorporated. Santa Claus, Inc. Inc.! For then he would embrace all you wonderful, kind people who have done me the honor of making me stand here tonight. Thank you, all of you, for making the evening of my life such a happy one. Thank you.

      • Ronald Colman : (accepting his award for Best Actor) Ladies and gentlemen, I am very happy and very proud and very lucky. Lucky because I know I wouldn't be standing on this stage tonight without the grand contributions of so many others. A great script and a great part from Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. The wonderful help of George Cukor, Michael Kanin and Bill Goetz. And I'm not forgetting a splendid cast and all the departments that gave their skill and talents to making this picture. So, to all of them especially, my deepest gratitude. And to you, ladies and gentlemen, my warmest thanks.

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