This is the first time that all of the top 6 Oscars (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress) went to six different films.
Cecil B. DeMille: (accepting the award for Best Picture) Well, Mary, to take this from you means a great deal to me. Remember, we were juveniles together in Belasco's "Warrens of Virginia" just about the time Noah started that craft – I've forgotten what it was.
Mary Pickford: Pardon me while I braid my long white beard.
Cecil B. DeMille: On behalf of the thousands that it took to make "The Greatest Show on Earth" I thank you for them. For the stars, and the electricians, for the circus people, for their bravery. It was a very thrilling thing to see stars like Betty Hutton and Gloria Grahame, Cornel Wilde and Jimmy Stewart, and Chuck Heston – those people risked their lives, as did the thousands of others who were in the circus – and the audiences all through the trip. I thank you for all of them because I am only one little link in a chain that produced that picture. And I'm very happy for them. Thank you.
Shirley Booth : (accepting her award for Best Actress) Thank you. Thank you, everybody. I'm a very happy and a very lucky girl. My luck has many, many names. I won't attempt to list them all. All you have to do is look at the screen credits and you'll know what I mean. I never could have done it alone. You know I couldn't. It's been a long, long climb. I guess this is the peak, but the view has been wonderful all along the way. I want to thank my old friends for their faith, my new friends for their hope, and everyone for their charity. Thank you.
John Wayne: (accepting the award for Best actor on behalf of Gary Cooper) Ladies and gentlemen, I'm glad to see that they're giving this to a man who is not only most deserving but has conducted himself throughout his years in our business in a manner that we can all be proud of him. Coop and I have been friends, hunting and fishing, for more years than I like to remember. He's one of the nicest fellows I know. I don't know anybody any nicer. And our kinship goes further than that friendship because we both fell off of horses into pictures together. Now that I'm through being such a good sport, spouted all this good sportsmanship, I'm gonna go back and find my business manager, and agent, and producer, and three-name writer, and find out why I didn't get "High Noon" instead of Cooper. Cause I can't fire any of these very expensive fellows, but I can at least run my 1930's Chevrolet into one of their big black new Cadillacs.
The broadcast of this years awards resulted in the largest audience in commercial television history.
Wisecracking short specialist and sixteen-time nominee Pete Smith received an honorary award "For his witty and pungent observations on the American scene in his series of "Pete Smith Specialties". He would retire his specialties a year later.
With eight wins, Best Picture winner From Here to Eternity tied with Gone With the Wind for the most Oscar wins by a single film
This is the first Oscar awards event that was broadcast on television. More than 90 million people tuned in to the show. The ceremony was televised by NBC.