The Academy Awards

Season 25 Episode 1

The 25th Annual Academy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 19, 1953 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions